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Differences between first-degree and second-degree murder

When California residents are charged with murder, they could be charged with first-degree murder or second-degree murder. While both charges deal with an intentional killing of someone, the first-degree and second-degree part of the charges are different based on the accused individuals' mental states.

Sex offender bill revived using gut-and-amend

A sex offender registry bill was revived by a lawmaker from San Francisco just days before the California legislative session was scheduled to end. After passing through four committees and the state senate, it was held up in the California Assembly Appropriations Committee. It was brought back by a process called gut-and-amend. This involves scrapping a dead bill, putting its contents into an active bill and then using that bill to bypass committee.

Home security video aids investigation of California gang

Police in Richmond have arrested seven men accused of participating in a crime spree committed by a gang known as Swerve Team. The Richmond Chief of Police said that surveillance video captured during a home invasion in Fremont launched the investigation that eventually involved local, state and federal law enforcement. A detective recognized a man in the video as someone from Richmond and wondered why he was in Fremont. The seven suspects now face charges for multiple violent crimes, including three murders and 14 attempts at killing people, that occurred throughout Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

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