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July 2016 Archives

The Sixth Amendment right to adequate representation

California residents who are accused of committing crimes have the right to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution. The Sixth Amendment also states that all criminal defendants have the right to be represented by an attorney. Attorneys are expected to advocate vigorously on behalf of their clients, and a guilty verdict may be challenged if the performance of the attorney involved may not have met the adequate representation standard.

Reports say representative used charity donations as slush fund

According to allegations, a Florida congresswoman, her chief of staff and the president of the charity One Door for Education Foundation used more than $800,000 raised for the charity as a slush fund. The money was supposed to be used for scholarships and other educational benefits, but instead, the three allegedly spent the money on conferences, luxury boxes for an NFL game and other items. Reportedly, only $1,200 in scholarships was given away.

Sexual assault and the legal process in California

If an individual is charged with a sex crime, he or she has three options to dispute the case. The first option may be to argue that a crime did not occur because the victim was not forced to commit or engage in sexual activity. An individual may also claim that he or she was not aware that a crime was being committed because of insanity or mental defect.

San Francisco burglary results in sex crime charge

A California man was accused of sexually assaulting a woman while she was sleeping in her home. He has now been convicted of a felony and sentenced to life in prison, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. The 30-year-old man was convicted of assault with intent to commit rape or other acts of sexual assault during a burglary.

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