Don’t Hold Your Phone while Driving in California

In 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1785 into law. This law, which has been in effect since January 1, 2017, states that it is now illegal for any individual in California to hold a smartphone or cellphone while driving. Similar laws have been in place since 2006, but those outdated regulations only considered texting and conversing over the phone while holding the device. Since that time, smartphones have become more sophisticated and they can be used for many other purposes. This new rule covers every possible use, including checking the calendar or consulting an online map on the
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Burglary Suspect Joseph Jakubowski Writes Manifesto

A 32-year-old Wisconsin man, Joseph Jakubowski, has recently been the suspect in a gun shop burglary as well as sending a detailed manifesto to the president. The gun shop owner told authorities that a large quantity of handguns as well as rifles had been taken from his store and the suspect fled the scene. Approximately half an hour following the burglary, law enforcement found Jakubowski’s car on fire with signs that arson had occurred; the suspect was nowhere to be found. The same day that Jakubowski robbed the gun store, he also mailed a 161-page manifesto to the Whitehouse discussing
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Street Race Leads to Father-Daughter Fatalities

Street racing may be exhilarating in movies and video games. In real life, however, the consequences can be deadly. One apparent example of this occurred back in February 2017 in Palmdale, where a father and her daughter lost their lives. According to published news reports, the father and daughter tandem were riding in a 2014 Chevrolet Camaro heading southbound on 25th Street East in Palmdale. The father, 54-year-old Manuel Paniagua, was driving the car. Her daughter 17 years old Vanessa Paniagua was in the front seat. How did the crime occur? The investigation into the car crash was led by
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California Proposes New Bail Rules

New legislation on bail could change the way that California deals with this issue forever. Usually the way bail works is when someone is charged with a crime they have an opportunity to either post cash bail or they can call a bail company in order to get themselves released. Cash bail means that they are posting the full amount of bail but after the case is completed they get all of the money back. A bond from a bail bond company generally means that you would give the bail bond company around 10% of what the bail is at
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Tamir Rice Case to be Re-Evaluated

New evidence is surfacing regarding further details of the dispatch call in the 2014 Tamir Rice case. As a refresher, at the time of the incident, Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old African American boy who was shot and killed by two local Cleveland police officers, one of which was a trainee. The officers had received a report that a black male was at Cudell Recreation Center pointing a pistol at random people in the park. However, the dispatcher who received this 911 call failed to give the local police crucial information. According to news networks, the dispatcher who received the
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Hate Crimes Around the United States

According to several news networks, in 2015 a Georgia couple was arrested after parading around a child’s birthday party waving Confederate flags and making racial threats. The couple along with some friends than proceeded to point their shotgun and make death threats to the African American families attending the party. Recently the couple finally had their trial and were found guilty on multiple counts in an Atlanta courtroom. The male, Jose Torres was sentenced to 20 years with 13 of those years spent in prison, while his accomplice Kayla Norton was sentenced to 10 years with 6 years in prison.
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San Diego Crime Rate Lowest in almost 50 years

City Officials in San Diego are saying that the crime rate right now is the lowest it has been in 47 years. Violent, as well as property crimes, have dropped and there were almost 1000 less crime victims in 2016 than the prior year. With crime rates and property rates going down lower and lower each year, the officials are saying these rates are more like they were in the 1950s or 1960s. What does this mean for the justice system in San Diego? With less crime, that means that there will start to be less cases going through the
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Marijuana Smuggling Across the US Borders

Border patrol agents in Texas stopped over 2 tons of marijuana from being smuggled in to the United States. This number equates to approximately 3,950 pounds of illegal drugs trying to be smuggled in through our borders. Not only was the amount of marijuana surprising, but also how the officers were able to detect it. The drug smugglers somehow disguised the multiple pounds of marijuana to look like a shipment of key-limes. You got it, the tiny green citrusy fruit that many people use to season their food or garnish a beverage. The boarder patrol agents were able to detect
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Criminal Tunnels From Mexico to San Diego

Underground Tunnels To San Diego Most San Diego residents realize just how close we are to the Mexico border going in to Tijuana. From central San Diego it’s just a quick 35-minute drive until you reach the Tijuana Otay Mesa Border. While some people may fear illegal immigrants getting over the wall, border patrol agents work around the clock to prevent this from happening. However, recently the Border Patrol agents known as “Tunnel Rats” have been noticing underground tunnels. It is believed that immigrants use these underground tunnels to transport large loads of illegal marijuana, cocaine and other drugs from
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Executive Order Having Problems Moving Forward

Just a couple weeks ago president Donald Trump signed into law an executive order that bans certain countries from entering the United States. There are seven countries total. All countries are from the Middle East and all practice the Muslim religion. Immediately there were constitutional challenges to this law and the main arguments were as follows: A violation of the Due Process Clause Legal scholars including Alex Ozols from Ozols law firm have gone on CNN and other legal networks to discuss this issue. This is a link to the video about the law if anyone wants to see the
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San Diego Man Killed it Hit and Run Accident

A man in San Diego was killed last week when another driver hit him as he got out of his car. The driver dragged the victim around 20-40 feet before he fled the scene without stopping. The accident happened around 7 A.M in the morning but recent reports say that they believe alcohol still could have been a factor. The victim was getting a jacket out of his car when the suspect lost control of their car and crossed over the center median. The only real information the police had was from a witness who said that the car was
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Prison Recommended for Rapist Steven Gordon

On December 21, 2016, a jury recommended the death penalty for a California man convicted the week before for abducting, sexually assaulting, and killing four women over a six-month period. CBS News reported that Steven Dean Gordon will be sentenced in February 2017, and that the crimes subject him to special circumstances sentencing under California law. A judge will make the final determination on whether will face capital punishment for his crimes, based upon the jury’s recommendation.  A Confession from the Defendant: Gordon was arrested after an investigation revealed his connection to crimes committed over 2012 and 2013. All of
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Court Reinstates Conviction for Kennedy Relative

Michael Skakel, the 56-year-old nephew of Robert and Ethel Kennedy, could be headed back to prison after a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling released December 30, 2016. As CNN reported, Skakel had been in prison from 2002 through 2013 for the 1975 killing of Martha Moxley, his 15-year-old neighbor. The recent court decision reinstated his murder conviction, adding another chapter to a strange saga that’s stretched over several decades.  The Moxley Murder: On October 31, 1975, the beaten body of Martha Moxley was discovered under a tree in her family’s yard in an upscale Connecticut neighborhood. She was last seen the
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Juveniles May Face Prison for Wildfire Deaths

The devastation resulting from wildfires that have created havoc near Gatlinburg, Tennessee over November and December 2016 is astounding. So far, there have been 14 deaths and approximately 175 injured; property damage includes the destruction of 2,400 homes, commercial buildings, and other structures. According to CNN, early estimates put the toll at more than $500 million and that number could rise as authorities continue to assess the massive swath of scorched landscape. From the beginning, officials have pointed to arson as the cause of the wildfires. Based on their investigation, two juveniles are currently being held at a Sevier County
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Vandal Changes Iconic Hollywood Sign to Read “Hollyweed”

A prankster changed the world-famous Hollywood sign in Los Angeles over the New Year’s holiday weekend, perhaps in a show of support for California’s new law on recreational use of marijuana. According to a CNN report, two letters were altered so that the sign would read “Hollyweed,” sometime early on Sunday, January 2, 2017. The incident is being called a crime of vandalism, and charges may apply if the perpetrator is caught. Minor Damage to the Sign: Authorities say the vandal – most likely a man – used darkly colored tarps to change the two O’s in the sign into
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