On Monday, the United States Supreme Court prohibited states from using a mandatory structure to sentence juveniles convicted of murder to life without parole. According to Justice Elena Kagan, who wrote the opinion for the majority, a blanket sentencing structure inherently violates a juvenile’s Eighth Amendment ban against “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Many people are looking forward to celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year. It is the first time in several years that the holiday falls on a Saturday. For some, this means they will be able to really enjoy the holiday without having to worry about going to work the next day.
After 27 years, Frank O’Connell is finally taking a new breath, as a free man, at least for the moment. Last month, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge granted O’Connell’s petition for a new trial. The ruling was welcome news for O’Connell, who for years has professed his innocence, denying any involvement in the murder of a Pasadena maintenance man. He was released on Saturday after posting a $75,000 bond.
In these tough economic times, it is not surprising that some people become desperate and commit a variety of crimes in order to get money to make ends meet. Identity theft has become more prevalent. It is most often associated with credit card fraud, mortgage fraud and Ponzi schemes. Fraud against the government is a less publicized but is a no less serious form of white collar crime.
Unlike other parts of the state, the number of people killed by individuals driving under the influence (DUI) in Riverside County rose markedly over the past year. In response, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors has approved a grant to help with DUI prosecutions.
The month of December has traditionally been the deadliest month of the year because of drunk driving. To combat this epidemic, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have joined forces to remind holiday travelers to drive sober or they’ll be pulled over.
Prosecutions against suspected child molesters are among the most aggressive in the criminal law realm. For those convicted, prison sentences are long, with a stigma that follows the individual after release.
Earlier this year, the United States Supreme Court ordered the state to address the issue of overcrowding in state prisons. According to Time Magazine, some prisons, like the California Institute of Men in Chino, have been operating at 200% of their capacities. As a result of the overcrowding, prisoners and guards were subjected to exceptionally dangerous conditions.
The brother of a woman who received an insulting text message from her boyfriend was arrested Thursday on conspiracy charges, for allegedly organizing a meeting with the boyfriend that ended in murder.
On Tuesday, lawmakers unanimously approved a bill securing Fourth Amendment protections for Californians arrested with cell phones. The new law would require police officers to obtain a search warrant before reviewing the contents of a cell phone seized during an arrest.