Tag Archives: Criminal Charges

19-year sentence for fatal rock beating (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY SAM SPITAL, CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY: “On November 15, 2012, the UT San Diego news reported the defendant with a long history of drug related offenses in a revenge and repeated beating with a rock to the head of a 31 year old homeless man was sentenced to 19 Years to Life in State … Read More

Dad uses bus bench ads to find son’s killer (Sam Spital)

COMMENTARY BY SAM SPITAL, CRIMINAL LAWYER:  “On November 12, 2012, the UT San Diego described a father who moved his family to a different county in an effort to help his teenage son who had drifted into gang associations. It meant the father’s daily commute to work as a security officer would be as much … Read More

Police, bomb squad respond to arsenal in car trunk

commentary by SAM SPITAL, criminal defense lawyer: “Officers of the San Diego State University arrested an underage individual who purchased alcohol at a CVS store using a fake ID, as reported in the UT online October 29, 2012 edition of the local newspaper. The police officers found a hugearsenal of weapons in his car trunk, … Read More

Pit bull owner arraigned following attack on girl (Sam Spital)

“The owner of a 65 pound terrier pit bull was charged with a felony for having a dangerous animal that can cause great bodily injury when it attacked and mauled a 4 year old girl when she tried to pet it in the apartment courtyard where she resided. The District Attorney stated the pet’s owner immediately … Read More

Recycling fraud drains California’s cash (SAM SPITAL)

“Yesterday’s article in the Los Angeles Times, October 8, 2012, described the conundrum facing California in the recycling of cans and bottles in which the State is paying out more money for these recycled items than it is collecting in revenue from the deposits paid by individuals purchasing drinks. It is claimed that fraud rings … Read More

Prosecutors re-file robbery charges against off-duty firefighters involved in fight

“KFMB TV digital edition reported on October 4, 2012 the District Attorney re-filed criminal charges against three off-duty San Diego Firemen accusing them of robbery. This criminal charge stems from an altercation in which the initial Complaint was assault and battery and making threats. The trial court judge ordered the defendants to stand trial for … Read More

3rd California police officer charged in beating death of homeless man (Sam Spital)

“CNN News today, September 28, 2012, reported a horrific crime in which a former Fullerton (Orange County community in Southern California) Police Officer was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Excessive Force in the savage beating death of a mentally ill homeless man, Kelly Thomas, in which it  was also noted he was wearing slippers and … Read More

Man arrested after 16 arson fires set in San Diego (Sam Spital)

“The UT San Diego (more commonly known as the “Union Tribune”) Newspaper on September 12, 2012 in its online and digital edition reported an arrest of a man for arson for what could be the source of a series of many recent fires in San Diego in dumpsters, a coffee cart and at least one … 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

J.D.B. v. North Carolina Summary (Juvenile Crimes; Criminal Defenses Miranda Warning)

On June 16, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court in the landmark case of J.D.B. v. North Carolina, Case # 09-111121, https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/10pdf/09-11121.pdf held police must consider age and school setting when questioning a child and, therefore, whether they are required to give a Miranda warning. This case involved a thirteen year old seventh grade special education … Read More