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  • California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing
    California’s Hate Crime Laws Are Leading to Harsher Sentencing

    Politics and other current, newsworthy events have led to an increase in attention to possible affronts made because of one’s affiliation with a minority group. The data shows that, despite the ...

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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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  • 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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  • Comparing Restraining Orders to Emergency Protective Orders
    Comparing Restraining Orders to Emergency Protective Orders

    When someone has been accused of domestic violence , the alleged victim or the court may react by issuing a restraining order or an emergency protective order (EPO), which can also be called an ...

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  • Assault & Battery: Two Separate Crimes
    Assault & Battery: Two Separate Crimes

    People arrested for a violent crime will usually find the term "assault & battery" somewhere on their arrest record. The commonality of seeing these two terms together can understandably lead many to ...

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