Crackdown on Campus Sexual Assault Loses Sight of Defendant’s Rights

rape picketersWith the recent surge (or so it would seem) of sexual assault on American university campuses, the experienced sex crime defense attorneys at Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC would like to address this issue from a side that receives much less attention: the side of the accused.

Last month, an opinion column written by Andrea Peyser in the New York Post brought to light a different but very important perspective on this heated topic. Peyser features the case of a University of Cincinnati junior who, after having had a few drinks, engaged in a threesome. Not long after the incident, the male student, Ethan Peloe, found himself being accused of sexual assault. [Read more...]

Riverside Mariachi Festival

MariachiCome out and celebrate the Mexican culture and influence that abounds in our beautiful corner of the world.

Starting Friday, Sept. 19, and running through the whole weekend, you can find events celebrating the Mexican folk music known as Mariachi. This form of music dates back as far as the 16th century, before the Spanish conquest of Mexico, when the indigenous music was played with rattles, drums, flutes, and conch-shell horns as part of religious celebrations. [Read more...]

The Fight Against Campus Sexual Assault Continues to Gain Strength

Supreme courthouseAccording to the news, there is an epidemic of campus sexual assault in our nation. To help curb this problem, federal and state legislation are cracking down.

The White House, in its best effort to squelch sexual assault in the university environment, has put in place several requirements for colleges receiving federal financial assistance. Under the Jeanne Clery Act, which was last amended in 2008, schools that fall into the federally funded category are required to disclose all campus crime statistics to all current and prospective students and employees. This includes every report of a campus sex offense to campus security or the local police. [Read more...]

Pilot Falling From Cloud Nine, Charged With Sexual Assault

Plane Looking Into SunsetIn February, a pilot was convicted of inappropriately groping a 14-year-old that was travelling alone, according to Huffington Post.

After a three-day trial, Pilot Michael Pascal was found guilty of two counts of sexual abuse. He was charged in a U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City, where he resides.

On a flight to Detroit to Salt Lake City, Pascal was a passenger that sat next to a 14-year-old girl. When the young girl woke up from a nap, Pascal’s hand was groping her buttocks.

The girl immediately elbowed Pascal and asked him what he was doing. The arm rest that she put between them earlier was pulled up when she awoke.

According to the documents, he became flustered when she called him out, saying that he was asleep. He also stated that put the arm rest up because he was crammed in the middle seat.

While Pascal went to the restroom, the young girl told a flight attendant and switched seats. [Read more...]

Smokey Canyon BBQ

Pulled Pork SandwichWhen we think of summertime at Greenberg & Greenberg, we can’t help but think of family, friends, the California sun, and barbecued food. The Smokey Canyon BBQ has all of those things and more.

Located less than ten minutes away from our Riverside office, Smokey Canyon BBQ is a family-owned restaurant that provides homemade-style barbecue and a welcoming environment for everyone to enjoy.

Pam and Dan Nusser only dreamed about owning a restaurant before opening Smokey Canyon in 2007. The Nusser’s have family roots in Missouri where barbecue is a way of life; they use recipes passed down from generations in their menu. [Read more...]

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop for DUI

Broken Windshield In June, a chemical dependency counselor was charged by the LA district attorney after hitting a man and driving over 2 miles with the body embedded in the windshield, according to LA Times.

She was charged with driving under the influence, murder, and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 52, was a former substance abuser. According to KTLA, when she applied for her job at Twin Town Treatment Center in 2011, she was drug tested and seemed to not have any relapse problems.

That was, of course, until she left the treatment center intoxicated in November 2012, and accidentally hit Philip Moreno. Moreno passed away in the hospital later that night.

There were over 800 alcohol-involved fatal accidents in California in 2012, according to the Office of Traffic Safety.  Unfortunately, Moreno was one of them. [Read more...]

Sexting Surgeon Suspended In Seattle

Doctor TextingA Seattle surgeon was suspended in June after he was charged for sexual misconduct in the work place. This misconduct included sexting, using medical records for sexual gratification, and inappropriate relations with a patient.

An article by Guardian Liberty Voice has all of the details on the surgeon’s convictions.  Arthur Zilberstein, 47, has been accused of sexting during c-sections, epidurals administration, an appendectomy, and more.

Zilberstein would send up to 45 inappropriate messages at the hospital per day. If he worked an 8-hour shift, that means he sent almost six explicit messages per hour. This was very common in the anesthesiologist’s daily routine at the hospital between April and August 2013. He was accused of taking explicit photos in his scrubs and work badge. [Read more...]

Loose Legislation Creating Marijuana Chaos

stop light with a marijuana leave lit greenLoose marijuana laws are creating chaos in the Golden State. With San Jose communities organizing “Weed for Vote” programs and the water shortage in Northern California, people are left to wonder what will happen if no regulations are passed.

Since 1996, California has been the first state to legalize marijuana for medical use. Proposition 215, or the Compassionate Use Act, was written to maximize the legalization of marijuana and restrict regulations. In 2003, the Medical Marijuana Program Act gave guidelines on how much marijuana a typical patient could possess but gave physicians the ability to prescribe larger doses. [Read more...]

Montana Judge Disciplined for Lowering Rape Sentence

Inside the Supreme Court The country is taking a stand on a recent sentence, where a judge sentenced a former teacher to thirty days in prison after being charged with sexual intercourse without consent, or statutory rape, of one of his students.

Last summer, Montana teacher Stacey Dean Rambold was convicted of raping a fourteen-year-old student. Cherice Morales committed suicide before herseventeenth birthday, while the trial was still pending.

There was a public outcry against District Judge G. Todd Baugh, whose decision seemed improper. [Read more...]

Megan’s Law and Sex Offender Registration

Hand typing on keyboardWhen a person is convicted of a sex crime, Megan’s Law dictates that the convicted sex offender must register as a sex offender with both state and local authorities.

Under Megan’s Law, the public can be notified about sex offender registrants that may pose a risk. This law was enacted in 1996 after seven-year-old Megan Kanka was raped and killed by a known molester. The molester relocated, and the Kanka family, and neighborhood, had no knowledge of the previous offenses. [Read more...]