CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1992
Re Dist. Atty. Michael R. Capizzi on decriminalizing narcotics: "Does not the First Amendment allow ads and marketing?" he asks. No, Mr. Capizzi, it does not. It allows freedom to speak against the government in word or print. Absence of that right allows, as in Russia under communism, dissidents to be jailed, exiled to Siberia, or to vanish forever. Also, Mr. Capizzi, it is not the Miranda rule that gives suspects the right to legal counsel, it is the Sixth Amendment, which orders a defense counsel.
June 28, 1990 |
Victims in child abuse cases may testify without actually appearing in court and directly confronting those they accuse, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, upholding laws in at least 25 states--including California--designed to protect child witnesses from trauma.
June 19, 1990 |
Police officers may ask a drunk-driving suspect to answer routine questions and videotape his slurred responses without warning him of his constitutional right to remain silent, the Supreme Court said Monday. The 8-1 decision creates an exception to the Miranda doctrine for "routine booking questions" at a police station. The ruling also upholds the growing use by the police of videotape, which can be a powerful weapon for prosecutors.
January 18, 1992 |
New Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas may be showing the first signs of being a conservative hard-liner ready to sharply restrict the protections of the Constitution. In a little noticed concurring opinion filed this week, Thomas joined the Bush Administration and Justice Antonin Scalia in urging a new approach to limiting a defendant's ability to confront his accusers in court, a traditional right set forth in the Constitution.
May 21, 1991 |
The Supreme Court, in its first ruling upholding so-called rape-shield laws, said Monday that a rape suspect does not have an absolute constitutional right to tell a jury about an earlier sexual relationship with his accuser. In the 1970s, nearly every state enacted laws to forbid court testimony that exposed the private life of a rape victim. Women's rights advocates had complained that rape suspects tried to save themselves by ruining the reputations of their victims.
September 26, 1989 |
Former HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce Jr. refused to answer questions today from a House panel investigating housing scandals, invoking his Fifth and Sixth Amendment rights. He contended that he had been "prejudged by this body." Pierce, compelled to appear by a subpoena, accused the subcommittee of trying to rush him into testifying without adequate preparation and said he hopes to tell his story later.