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Attempt and Conspiracy

In California, the punishment for conspiracy is the same as the the punishment for the target crime. If two men conspire to do a robbery, the punishment for the conspiracy is the same as the punishment for robbery. The conspirators get the full punishment even if they don’t complete the robbery itself. Merely making one…More

Daunte Wright Shows Why Resisting Arrest Is Bad

Everyone can agree that officers should not accidentally fire their pistols when they intend to use their tasers. But there is wide disagreement over how much blame is shared by the civilian for the use of force. The killing of Daunte Wright shows that some downplay or even omit the civilians actions altogether. Resisting arrest…More

Chris Darden on Race and Prosecution

Race is a controversial topic, especially today, but those of us in criminal prosecution cannot ignore it. I began reading Christopher Darden’s In Contempt, to get a look at how he conducted the OJ Simpson trial. Although I haven’t finished it yet, or even got to the portion of the book discussing the trial, I…More

George Gascon’s History of Racist Remarks

George Gascon was recently elected to be Los Angeles County District Attorney. In part, he won by accusing police of racism and vowing to end it. But a long-overlooked declaration calls into question his sincerity. Back in 2016, Gascon set out to investigate allegations of racism among police officers in San Francisco. He set up…More

Gascon is Hiding His New Hires

Controversial LA County District Attorney George Gascon told voters that he would be transparent. But his record shows a troubling pattern of cover-ups, both large and small. Now, he refusing to tell voters who he has hired or for what job. Critics see his refusal to answer this simple question as evidence that he will…More

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