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Criminal Defense Archives

Study shows that blacks are treated worse than whites in court

In California, statistics have shown that black individuals are much more inclined to be charged with crimes despite the fact that they are no more likely to commit criminal offenses than white people are. A new study shows that this differential treatment of criminal defendants based on race extends to the treatment given to them by prosecutors and the courts within the criminal justice system.

California might reform its bail system

Those who are taken to jail in California may be able to bail themselves out with cash payments. However, critics of the practice say it keeps poorer residents in jail longer while wealthier people are more likely to obtain their freedom. The chief justice of the California Supreme Court thinks that assessing whether or not someone is a danger to society should replace cash bail when determining a defendant's potential release.

Ankle monitoring for youths may do more harm than good

If your child is in the California juvenile justice system, you may be like many other parents who feel their children's situations are getting worse instead of better. While the purpose of juvenile justice is to save children from a life of crime and redirect them to a more positive future, the system often sets up children for failure, and some youth advocates believe the system itself is flawed.

The right to counsel and the right to remain silent

Among the constitutional rights of California residents are the Fifth Amendment right to protection against self-incrimination and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel in criminal proceedings. Police officers are required to make people aware of these rights prior to custodial interrogation. The admonitions typically given are known as Miranda rights.

Civil rights groups unite to oppose law enforcement hacking

California residents are likely aware that several high-profile whistleblowers have come forward to expose massive surveillance programs operated by federal agencies such as the National Security Agency, but they may not know that about a technique being used by government agents known as law enforcement hacking. The Fourth Amendment protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures, and civil rights advocates claim that law enforcement hacking violates these rights by allowing federal agents to monitor the online activities of thousands of U.S. citizens after obtaining just one search warrant.

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.

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