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Juror Lloyd Handy had no trouble convicting a Tustin woman of taking a $5 cut in a cocaine deal. But he was never told his verdict would send the chronic drug user to prison for life under the "three strikes" law. Now, he wishes he had held out for a mistrial rather than imprison somebody for life for committing a nonviolent crime. "I felt deceived by the court," said Handy, a retired Marine. "They should have let us know this was a 'three strikes' case.
August 7, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER
The right to privacy is at the center in the current battle between two candidates for governor over whether a proposed criminal law reform initiative could end up making abortion a crime. The wide-ranging Crime Victims' Justice Reform Initiative contains a section saying a defendant's right to privacy--among several other rights--"shall not be construed" to provide greater protections than those granted by the federal Constitution. State Atty. Gen. John K.
Proposition 184, the "three strikes" initiative on the Nov. 8 ballot, would make no change in the law. Yet nearly every politician in the state embraces it--and the few who have doubts keep quiet. The opposition campaign is all but broke. A Times poll shows that likely voters favor the measure 58%-32%. But the prime sponsor, Mike Reynolds, on a nonstop crusade to avenge his daughter's murder, barnstorms the state as if legions of well-financed foes were attacking his initiative.
December 9, 1998
Today, the White House defense continues. Testifying on the subject of prosecutorial standards for obstruction of justice and perjury: * Thomas P. Sullivan is a trial lawyer and a former U.S. attorney for Illinois. He is a senior partner at Jenner & Block law firm, specializing in civil and criminal law, and has taught at Loyola Law School and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. * Richard J. Davis is a partner with the New York law firm of Weil, Gotschal & Manges. He was an assistant U.S.
December 9, 2003 | Joshua Dressler, Joshua Dressler is a professor of law at Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Ohio State University.
On July 16, 86-year-old George Weller plowed his 1992 Buick LeSabre through the Santa Monica Farmers' Market. According to a preliminary California Highway Patrol report, road conditions were fine and Weller's car did not malfunction; he was the "sole possible cause" of the accident. Yet despite the fact that he killed 10 people, no decision has yet been made on whether to prosecute Weller for the incident. Then in August, another accident occurred.
January 27, 1994
Two teacher's aides at a Lawndale school who strip-searched students in December looking for a teacher's missing $400 will not face criminal charges, the district attorney's office said this week. The aides exercised "extremely poor judgment" in conducting the search of 15 students at Will Rogers Intermediate School, but did not inflict sufficient mental suffering to warrant criminal charges, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Monica Blodgett. Ten boys and five girls were searched Dec.
February 11, 1986 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. John Van de Kamp sued three Kern County farmers Monday for allegedly applying a restricted pesticide on watermelons that sickened about 250 California consumers last summer. The civil complaints carry penalties ranging from $45,000 to $162,000, authorities said.
July 4, 1995
Sometimes we learn most about criminal law and its problems from the cases that do not receive much public attention. Who could have guessed that a seemingly simple North Hollywood case would connect the interests of battered women and animal rights and highlight an astounding discrepancy? In the case, a man stood trial last week on a charge that he knocked his girlfriend into a staircase with a blow to the face and then choked her.
December 12, 1991 | JEFFREY S. KLEIN and LOUIS M. BROWN, Klein is an attorney and president of The Times Valley and Ventura County editions. Brown is professor of law emeritus at USC and chairman of the board for the National Center for Preventive Law
The State Bar has a new publication: "California Certified Legal Specialists 1991." This directory of about 2,100 state lawyers is a resource for those seeking specialized legal assistance in six subject areas: criminal law; family law; immigration and nationality law; probate, estate planning and trust law; taxation law, and worker's compensation law. So far, so good. But what about people who don't know enough about the law to pick the right specialty?
August 27, 1993 | JEROME H. SKOLNICK, Jerome H. Skolnick, a law professor and sociologist at UC Berkeley, has written on criminal law and collective behavior. He is co-author of "Above the Law: Police and the Excessive Use of Force" (The Free Press, 1993). and
Much has been written contrasting the beating of Rodney King with the beating of truck driver Reginald Denny. King, on parole, was drunk, speeding and resisting arrest; Denny was doing his job. Police are authorized to use force; civilians are not. The cops obtained medical treatment for King; the men who beat Denny left him in the street, possibly to die.
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