Recent Blog Posts

United States v. Alvarez

On February 22, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court on a Writ of Certiorari heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Alvarez, Case No.11-210. The question presented is whether the Federal law that makes it a crime to falsely represent oneself to have received the Congressional Medal of Honor is a violation of … Read More

Miller v. Alabama

On March 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court in Miller v. Alabama, Case # 10-9646, will decide whether a juvenile who commits a homicide and is sentenced to life in prison without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment and, therefore, a violation of the 8th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. Miller was 14 years … Read More


The U.S. Supreme Court on March 21, 2012, in the case of MISSOURI v. FRYE, (Case #10-444), vacated the Decision of the Missouri Court of Appeals, holding the right to effective assistance of counsel guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment of the U.S Constitution extends to all critical stages of a criminal case including but not limited to plea offers … Read More

Should California Cut Drug Possession Penalties to Cut Costs?

California lawmaker Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has proposed a radical solution to overcrowding in the state’s many prisons and a corrections budget that has skyrocketed in recent years: cut the penalties for simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Vocal Speakers on Both Sides of the Debate This move has some – like … Read More

No constitutional right to jigsaw puzzle in jail, judge says

Regardless of the circumstances surrounding an alleged criminal offense and its resulting trial and conviction, beginning a jail sentence is rarely an easy transition. As such, it can be comforting for defendants to have certain personal belongings in prison with them. But as a federal judge recently made clear, inmates have no constitutional right to … Read More

San Diego crime rate hits 30-year low

The crime rate in San Diego County has fallen to its lowest number in 30 years, according to a new report from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). This reportedly places San Diego third on a list of safest large cities in the U.S., which is determined based on the number of violent and … Read More

Firemen charged with robbery, felony assault, and threatening a witness

Three firefighters in San Diego pleaded not guilty to felony charges after they were accused of fighting with a pair of brothers, robbing and threatening three brothers. The firefighters, aged, 36, 26, and 29 were charged with robbery, threatening or intimidating a witness, making criminal threats and felony assault. According to reports, the firefighters also … Read More

San Diego baseball player involved in alleged DUI hit-and-run

Matt Bush, a San Diego native and aspiring professional baseball player was reportedly involved in a series of hit-and-run accidents last month, which resulted in the serious injury of a motorcyclist. This is just the latest of a series of similar incidents for the 26-year-old, who has seen his once-promising baseball career stall as a … Read More

California sheriff sentenced for domestic violence

The sheriff of a major California city will spend the next three years serving a probation sentence after pleading guilty to domestic abuse in connection with a recent altercation with his wife. According to court documents, the alleged domestic violence incident took place on New Year’s Eve, when the sheriff of San Francisco forcefully grabbed … Read More

ICE on the lookout for drug smugglers crossing into San Diego

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office is taking action to combat drug smugglers that are luring Tijuana citizens to participate in alleged drug trafficking operations that move narcotics across the U.S. border into San Diego. According to ICE officials, the Tijuana ‘drug lords’ are placing ads in local newspapers alerting citizens of … Read More