A California resident may face an involuntary manslaughter charge when accused of causing the unintentional death of another individual during the commission of a non-felony crime or while engaging in lawful but reckless behavior. To prove their case, prosecutors must establish that the accused individual knew, or would have reason to know, that their actions were dangerous. While it is not necessary for a prosecutor to establish an intent to kill or cause harm in an involuntary manslaughter case, it must be shown that the defendant intended to commit the underlying crime.
The former general manager for the Ross Valley Sanitary District is facing nine felony counts for a number of different crimes, including embezzlement, money laundering and misappropriation of public money. If he is found guilty of these white collar crimes, he could end up serving a maximum 10-year prison sentence as well as paying fines of up to $1.5 million. Eleven search warrants were served to gather and inspect emails and bank records that could be used by the prosecution.
DNA testing procedures in California are more expansive than similar practices recently upheld in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerning a Maryland case. The ruling stems from a case involving the reinstatement of a rape charge after a DNA test was taken during an arrest on an unrelated charge. California is one of 26 states that allows DNA testing when arrested. The decision could convince authorities in these states to reopen older cases to look for new connections.
A California man was charged with felony evading and drug possession following a high-speed car chase. The criminal charges were brought against the man after police found drugs in the man's rental car.