BARRY BONDS CONVICTED OF OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE

The jury convicted Barry Bonds of obstruction of justice and it hung on three counts of perjury. The government will have a chance to retry the perjury counts but it may pass on another trial and be satisfied with the obstruction conviction. The indictment alleged that the obstruction was committed by evasive answers before the Grand Jury. Bond’s legal team has asked Judge Illston to throw out the conviction. Certainly a conviction for being evasive is a lot weaker without […] Read more »

MICHELLE ALEXANDER ON THE INCARCERATION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN YOUTH

The statistics are shocking. Human Rights Watch reported in 2000 that in seven states 80 to 90 percent of those sent to prison for drug offenses were African American. In at least fifteen states African Americans were sent to prison from twenty to fifty-seven times as often as white men. In 2000 twenty-six times as many African Americans were sent to prison for drug offenses as in 1983. Likewise the number of Latinos sent to prison increased by 22 times […] Read more »

SECURE COMMUNITIES–DOES IT MAKE US LESS SECURE

Secure Communities is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program to deport felons who have either been convicted of serious felonies in the past or are currently accused of committing such. It operates through the use of biometric evidence, primarily booking fingerprints, which are immediately transmitted to the Integrated Automatic Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Division and the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) of the Department of Homeland Security’s US-VISIT Program. Within hours […] Read more »

MADDENGATE

Charles Dickens started Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. . .” Well if you are in San Francisco and you’re charged with a drug crime it may be the best of times and if you work for the police crime lab it may be the worst of times. Last December the Police Department was notified that one of its supervising chemists, Deborah Madden was stealing cocaine from the laboratory […] Read more »

NINTH CIRCUIT UPHOLDS STRIP SEARCHES OF INMATES

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the blanket search of all inmates entering general population at the San Francisco County jails. In Bull v. San Francisco the court reversed a twenty-five year policy and allowed the Sheriff’s Department to strip search all inmates entering general population without an individualized suspicion or probable cause. The District Court denied the sheriff’s request for partial immunity finding that the searches violated the Fourth Amendment and that the law was clear at the […] Read more »

SAN FRANCISCO POLICE RAID MARIJUANA GROWS IN SUNSET DISTRICT

Over the past six months their has been a significant increase in the number of raids on marijuana in-door grows in residential neighborhoods, particularly in the Sunset district. There have been 36 raids since March. More than 8,000 plants, $85,000 and twenty guns have been seized. Nothing was seized at four of the residences which complied with California medical marijuana laws and city dispensary regulations. The raids have resulted in 44 arrests. San Francisco Police Chief George Gascon and Fire […] Read more »