VOTE YES ON PROPOSITIONS 34 AND 36

While I do not normally discuss politics on this blog there are two important criminal law propositions on the California Ballot Tuesday. Proposition 34 would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life without parole. Californians should vote for it regardless of how they feel about the death penalty. Since 1978 only thirteen people have been executed in California. Many more have died of natural causes on death row. The current system is is really life without parole while […] Read more »

TWENTY-EIGHT TO LIFE FOR FAILURE TO REGISTER

In People v. Nichols the California Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District upheld a 28 years to life sentence for failure to register as a sex offender within five days of moving. Under the state’s Three Strike law David Allen Nichols was sentenced to 25 years of life for failing to register and an addition three years for three prison priors. Despite appellate counsel’s inventiveness in raising insufficiency of the evidence, challenges to the trial court’s admission of […] Read more »

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY FOR RICHARD ALLEN DAVIS

The California Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Richard Allen Davis who was convicted of kidnapping and murdering Polly Klaas. Polly Klaas was the twelve year old girl who was kidnapped from her Petaluma house during a October 1, 1993 slumber party while her mother and kid sister were sleeping in a nearby bedroom. Polly invited two friends to the party. The three girls were in Polly’s room with the door shut. At one point Polly opened the door […] Read more »