Is the LAPD Surveilling “Probable” Offenders?

By: southernblog

What is the job of a police officer? Is it to arrest those who commit crimes or is it to protect people from potential criminals? Is it both? A recent report by The Appeal, which cites a public records request lawsuit claiming that the Los Angeles Police Department is using data and analysts to monitor …

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Place Your Bets: Supreme Court Opens the Door to Legalized Sports Gambling

By: southernblog

Every year, millions of Californians break the law.   Placing bets on March Madness brackets and office Super Bowl pools violates state laws prohibiting gambling on sports. However, a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling could pave the way for legalized sports gambling in California and other states.   Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Legal …

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California Lawmakers Seek to Limit When Police Can Use Deadly Force

By: southernblog

For many, Stephon Clark was the last straw. In March, police who were responding to a 911 call regarding a person breaking car windows fired 20 rounds at Clark because they believed he was holding a gun. According to reports, eight bullets hit Clark in the back and neck. As the facts would later show, …

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Trump Administration Making It Easier for Authorities to Take Your Stuff

By: Wallin & Klarich

If you are accused of a crime, you may expect to lose certain rights. However, you may not expect law enforcement to seize your property and hold onto it for an extended period of time. Unfortunately, that is exactly what can happen to you under a new federal policy to increase asset forfeiture that has …

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Number of Violent Crimes in California Rose by 10% in 2015

By: Wallin & Klarich

In 2015, the number of violent crimes in California rose by 10%. Although the overall crime rate remained lowest in the decade, the number of crimes in California rose after a steady two years of decline. According to a report released by the state attorney general’s office, the number of violent crimes was up in …

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Vote for Our Blog in The Expert Institute Legal Blog Contest

By: Wallin & Klarich

Wallin & Klarich, A Law Corporation is proud to announce that the Southern California Defense Blog has been nominated for best legal blog of the year by The Expert Institute. The Southern California Defense Blog has been selected as one of the best blogs in the criminal defense law category in the annual contest by …

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California Puts 6 New Gun Laws in Place

By: Wallin & Klarich

California’s stance on gun control is changing drastically. Several new laws that were recently passed place more restrictions on how guns and firearms are handled. Governor Jerry Brown recently signed these six new stricter gun control bills into law. Brown sees the new laws as a way to improve public safety while also protecting the …

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Could Ryan Lochte Face Criminal Charges for Lying to the Police? (PC 148.5)

By: Wallin & Klarich

You get into an argument with your roommate, and he decides to move out. After he leaves, you are still angry, so you call the police and make up a story about your roommate stealing your furniture. Can you go to jail for lying to the police? At a bar with your friends, you get …

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Obama Announces Prison Reform

By: Wallin & Klarich

President Obama recently announced that he will issue a series of executive orders to address prison reform following recommendations from the US Justice Department. 1 The Obama administration’s agenda hopes to address current problems with the criminal justice system to make it “fairer, to be smarter, to be more effective.”2 Among the changes is an …

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