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The ACLU Responds to LAPD Use of Body Cameras

Body cameras have now become a part of LAPD crime enforcement despite outcry by the ACLU.

Recent Use of Body Cameras

Just yesterday two LAPD officers responded to a call reporting a woman armed with some sort of knife. The woman, Norma Guzman, 37, died at a hospital following the officer involved shooting, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

DNA and Criminality: Two Sides of a Coin

Unique to an individual, except in very limited situations, DNA is unchanging throughout one’s life. DNA is a reliable identifier, and, most conveniently for forensic purposes, it is found in all the body’s cells. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is an essential molecule that is found in every part of our bodies. DNA testing on biological samples such as skin, saliva, semen, blood or hair is increasingly used to help convict or exonerate people suspected of crimes and with great accuracy. As crucial courtroom evidence, it must be properly collected, preserved and kept from contamination. When the whole procedure is expertly undertaken and correctly completed, DNA testing has become the modern, almost foolproof version of fingerprinting.


You Need To Handle Serious Traffic Violations

Traffic violations happen every day. As a driving society, we all deal with minor and/ or serious traffic violations at some point during the course of our lives. When those traffic violations occur, you will need to know how to legally protect yourself from the repercussions.

Traffic Violations

The term “traffic violation” is an umbrella term for a wide variety of incidents. Traffic violations are so closely regulated by law enforcement as a way to educate bad drivers, while also preventing unsafe driving habits. Years of research has proven that most drivers want to be compliant with these rules so that they avoid being caught. Here are some examples of traffic violations:

Civil Rights Violations and the Local Police

Any casual viewer of cable network news would conclude that many Americans are of the opinion that the filing of charges by the Department of Justice against certain individuals, notably local police officers, for federal civil rights violations is an alternative for supposedly failed local criminal prosecution. This seems to occur especially when a vocal segment of the nation disagrees with the results of a local criminal investigation or the actions (or inactions) of certain district attorneys. Recent cases that are prime examples of the prevailing thought pattern include the Darren Wilson shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the Trayvon Martin case involving George Zimmerman.

The often heard refrain heard is, “The local detectives and district attorney can’t be trusted. Bring the feds in!”

Domestic Violence in California

Domestic violence continues to place itself high on the list of hot topics in the national conversation. Professional sports figures contribute many high profile stories for the public and the media to put under the microscope, but every day, ordinary citizens are involved in cases that are much more emblematic of the everyday violence committed against domestic partners. Some victims go almost unnoticed, while other victims of the violence pay the ultimate price. Meanwhile, public officials charged with the responsibility for enforcing the existing domestic violence laws seem to go on with business as usual, seemingly overwhelmed by their daily exposure to all the violence and oblivious to people’s fundamental lack of respect towards those closest to them.

Murder, The Ultimate Price of Domestic Violence

When a woman is murdered by her husband, suddenly a community’s denial about the seriousness and the potential deadliness of domestic violence vanishes. Other women being battered realize they could be next, and often consider calling law enforcement or begin to seek restraining orders.

What Happened When California Decriminalized Marijuana

Noticeable (and Notable) Effects of California Marijuana Laws

Observers have seen a number of noticeable (and notable) consequences in California resulting from the gradual move toward decriminalization of marijuana laws. Prior to the relaxation of such laws, so-called experts voiced dire warnings against partial legalization, of civic disorder, increased lawlessness and a drastic rise in other drug use. For the most part these warnings have proved unfounded.

Two pivotal events have been instrumental in shaping the current marijuana landscape in the state. California Proposition 215, also known as the Medical Use of Marijuana Initiative or the Compassionate Use Act, was placed on the 1996 general election ballot as an initiated state statute which was subsequently approved by the voters. The marijuana industry further expanded in California by the full decriminalization of marijuana that went into effect in January of 2011 when possession of one ounce (28.5 grams) or less of marijuana became an infraction, punishable only by a maximum $100 fine (plus fees), given that the possessor had no criminal record.

Criminal Defense Lawyer For Your Teen

If you have a teen, you might want to consider at least knowing of a good criminal defense lawyer. Sounds a little crazy, right? Here’s why it might not be.

It’s hard to believe that your little angel could be responsible for a crime, but regardless of how hard you’ve tried to raise them well, kids will always get into trouble. Usually it’s nothing to worry about – maybe problems with Algebra, or talking during class. But when that trouble turns into bigger problems, and it does happen, you’ll want to be prepared.

Lasting Impact of DUI Charges

As Aldon Smith can attest, DUI charges can have a lasting impact on your life.

Aldon Smith Arrested for DUI

The San Francisco 49ers linebacker was recently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (“DUI”), vandalism, and hit and run.

The Allegations Against Bill Cosby

While it may be clear that Bill Cosby’s career is over – live performances have been cancelled by numerous venues, in addition to NBC pulling the plug on a proposed series starring the comedian – what’s unclear is if he will face charges.

Will Cosby Face Charges for Allegations?

Just under a year ago, in November 2014, Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, called the claims made by accusers, “past the point of absurdity.”

Fighting False Rape Allegations

Last December, a woman using the name “Joanie Faircloth” wrote in the comments section of websitexoJane that she was raped by singer-songwriter Conor Oberst when she was just a teenager. Word spread, Oberst denied the claims and brought a libel suit against the woman when she refused to retract the words she had posted. That July, “Faircloth” admitted that she had lied and made up the story just to get attention. But rather than taking Oberst’s side, some attacked him for taking legal action to defend himself against the accuser for what could have been a career-damaging charge.

False Rape Allegations

False accusations of rape have recently become a hot-topic button in the nation. In Oberst’s case Chris Ostendorf of the Daily Dot, argued that Oberst’s actions could intimidate real victims of rape from coming forward, and that the taking of the lawsuit promoted the idea of men as often being falsely accused, despite the fact that Obersts was falsely accused.
There is a fine line we are walking as a society – do we “believe victims en masse,” as Jessica Valenti urges us to do? Or is that even more dangerous than questioning all those that come forward with rape allegations? Aren’t both sides damaging innocent lives?

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