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  • Legislative Update: Senate Bill 1437 Significantly Changes Murder Liability in California
    Legislative Update: Senate Bill 1437 Significantly Changes Murder Liability in California

    On September 30 th , Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1437, a bill that drastically changes the ways in which the government can charge someone with murder, as I will explain below. Importantly, this ...

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  • How Most Criminal Cases Are Really Resolved
    How Most Criminal Cases Are Really Resolved

    Watching television, you would think the logical conclusion to most criminal cases is the glamorous and high-stakes jury trial. Sit in any criminal court in this country and you will quickly find that ...

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  • The Kavanaugh Hearings
    The Kavanaugh Hearings

    I have been wrestling with my feelings about the Kavanaugh accusations this week. On the one hand, I am a proud supporter of the #MeToo movement and believe that women who are the victims of sexual ...

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  • The Anatomy of a Criminal Case: Discovery & Investigation
    The Anatomy of a Criminal Case: Discovery & Investigation

    It has been a few months since my last entry in this series, detailing the anatomy of a criminal case. In case, you missed the previous entries, you can find them here: Pre-filing & pre-filing ...

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  • One DNA Test Could Free Kevin Cooper
    One DNA Test Could Free Kevin Cooper

    The New York Times recently published an absolutely remarkable piece examining the pending execution of a potentially innocent man here in California. I write about it here primarily with the hope ...

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  • The Decision of McCoy v. Louisiana
    The Decision of McCoy v. Louisiana

    On May 14, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of McCoy v. Louisiana. They settled a question that I, frankly, thought had been settled long before this case. Robert McCoy had been ...

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