January 23, 1994
Susan Estrich may be a professor of law, but in her article she demonstrated as much knowledge of the U.S. jury system as she did of political campaigning when she served as Michael Dukakis' campaign manager. While it is easy to sympathize with her major premise that perpetrators of an indictable act should not be depicted as victims, one must not fall into the trap of faulting American due process and the jury system. Lawyers for the defense are employed specifically to defend their clients.
January 16, 1994 |
This was the week that privates upstaged a President. While President Bill Clinton was in Europe restructuring the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, seeking agree ment from Ukraine on nuclear weapons and meeting with Boris N. Yeltsin, millions of Americans, along with CNN viewers around the world, tuned in to nonstop coverage of Lorena Bobbitt's trial for assault on her husband.
May 17, 1993 |
What began in tragedy is sinking in sentiment. Spaghetti suppers around Jamestown, Calif., are raising money for the defense of Ellie Nesler, the little mining town's vigilante heroine. Total strangers send checks. Nesler's sister has appeared before the California Legislature to testify on a bill increasing penalties for child molestation, specifically because of "the recent incident in Jamestown." But beyond the photo ops, the original dilemma remains: Does provocation justify a crime?
April 30, 1992 |
California had little trouble executing its condemned murderers in the late 1800s--a violent period in San Diego history, particularly in rural and isolated North County areas. After brief trials, most convicted slayers from San Diego were hanged on the grounds of the county courthouse. Appeals and stays of execution were rare. (After 1893, the condemned from all counties were executed at San Quentin.
July 29, 1990
For 15 years during the middle of the 19th Century, El Monte was the only village between Los Angeles and San Bernardino. It was known for rough manners and vigilante justice. Nicknames for the town included "Hell's Half-Acre," "Lickskillet" and "Shirttail Bend."
June 29, 1990 |
Horacio Santos, a 42-year-old nuclear engineer, had already been robbed 13 or 14 times, his family and friends say. When it happened yet again, he cracked--and a national uproar ensued. At about 11 a.m. on June 16, Santos heard his car alarm go off while he was shopping near his home. He ran into the street to find two men stealing his car stereo. As they fled in an old Chevrolet, Santos leaped into his Renault Fuego and gave chase. A few blocks away, he overtook and halted the thieves.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1988
Despite the protest of one supervisor that it smacked of "vigilante" justice, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to seek state legislation that would encourage "community surveillance" of registered sex offenders. The proposal, by Supervisor Pete Schabarum, would establish a statewide reward fund for citizens who identify and report sex offenders violating probation or parole requirements that require them to register with law enforcement.