Think about the culture shock when you have spent your entire life enjoying freedom—and likely taking it for granted—and the next minute you are arrested and ultimately convicted of a crime carrying life in prison without the possibility of parole. Before that moment, you never … [Read more...] about One Strike and You’re Out
“He is a sex offender! Stay away!,” everyone whispers as he walks into the room. “We do not want him here!,” others exclaim amongst themselves. The chatter continues as this group of self-proclaimed spiritual people—allegedly accepting of all—is in an uproar over the man’s … [Read more...] about Gasp! A Sex Offender!
Not all crimes are equal. Not all robberies are equal. Not all burglaries are equal. Not all murders are equal. Not all thefts are equal. The circumstances of the crime make some offenses less egregious than other law violations. … [Read more...] about Not All Crimes are Equal: Crimes for Survival
Generally, under the law, thinking about committing a crime is not a criminal act. I would venture to guess that just about everyone has imagined committing a crime. A law-abiding citizen shopping in Walgreens has thought, “It would be so easy to put this item in my pocket and … [Read more...] about How California Punishes Thinking About Committing a Crime
“A piece of bread can be held to answer at the preliminary hearing.” It was a joke I heard on a regular basis amongst the judges in San Francisco when I was a law student interning in the criminal courthouse. I would dutifully laugh along with the others, but I never understood … [Read more...] about Even a Piece of Bread Can be Held to Answer