Two teens, 17 and 16 years old, were arrested after home surveillance camera caught them in a rather brazen home invasion. The two juvenile burglars were arrested only a day apart from each other.

The first of the two boys, 17 years old, gave himself up to the police on Wednesday, the police in San Jose said. Continue reading →

Former receiver for the  Detroit Lions, Titus Young, was arrested last Tuesday and sentenced to five years of probation for assaulting his former attorney.

Judge Michael J. Shultz has also ordered Young to spend a full year at the Crosby Center, a mental health and drug dependency treatment facility in Escondido.

The former NFL player attacked the attorney last July in Willowbrook, CA, punching him in the face and breaking his nose in the process. Young later pleaded to felony battery.

Since Young had previously spent several months in jail and 99 days at the Crosby Center following the attack, he was given some credit for the time he served.

Larry Burns, the Director of the Crosby Center, testified that, due to a concussion, Young suffers from a trauma brain injury. According to Burns, the ex-Lion was “over-medicated” in the months prior to the incident and “went wild”.

According to Burns, Young has been making significant progress during his time in Escondido and has been a “model patient.”

Titus Young was also arrested in May 2013 for DUI in Riverside County, California. Only 14 hours later, he jumped the fence at the tow yard to try and repossess his seized Ford Mustang, and was arrested again.

Following the sentencing, Martin Lijtmaer, Young’s new attorney said in a statement:

“I know firsthand how hard Titus is working on his recovery and that he is making tremendous strides in his rehabilitation. Titus wants to be an inspiration to the legions of young men who have – and will surely continue – to battle concussion-related mental issues because of football.”

He added:

“He is energized and excited by this second chance and he promises to embrace this opportunity to achieve a full recovery. On behalf of Titus and his family, I ask for privacy at this time so they can move on to the next phase of Titus’ recovery.”

Young was drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2011, but was released two years after due to ongoing behavioral and injury problems.

In other NFL news, San Francisco 49ers fullback Bruce Miller has been charged with vandalism, but not with domestic violence, following the investigation an argument with his girlfriend. Miller was arrested on March 5.

District Attorney’s Office in Santa Clara County District announced on Monday that, “While original reports indicated that Miller may have pushed his girlfriend from his parked car, an investigation into the alleged assault was inconclusive.”

Jim Demertzis, DA Family Violence Unit, the district attorney will request the court sends Miller to counseling in order to prevent such an incident happening again in the future. If convicted, Miller could face a full year in jail.

Explaining his stance Demertzis said:

“Even relatively minor domestic violence incidents can be the first steps on a path that ends in tragedy. That’s why we take all domestic violence cases seriously.”

According to the DA’s office, the victim first told police that Miller pushed her out of the car which was parked in a garage at the Rivermark Hyatt House in Santa Clara. She also claimed he grabbed and smashed her cell phone. As happens in many domestic violence cases, in a later interview, she denied any physical contact occurred. The victim also declined medical care and didn’t have any visible injuries.

In a statement, general manager of San Francisco 49ers Trent Baalke said briefly:

“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s development involving Bruce Miller and will continue to monitor these legal proceedings closely.”

The San Francisco fullback has been given a 3-year extension to his contract with the club last year. Miller and his girlfriend are engaged to be married.

As a parent’s rights attorney, I am proud to stand up for parents in making their personal medical decisions for their family. I have voiced my opinion in opposition to the pending legislation in California threatening to require all students in private and public schools to be vaccinated to obtain an education. I will continue to stand up for parents. Unfortunately, some of our elected officials can’t say the same.

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A woman in East Los Angeles had the opportunity to witness first-hand what an angry United States Marshal will do when he is being filmed during a law enforcement activity.

Standing on a residential sidewalk, the woman used her camera to film a group of U.S. Marshals, in what looked like preparations to enter a home that was suspected to be a location where biker gang activity was occurring, when one of them spotted her.

Strapped with an assault rifle, the U.S. Marshal aggressively approached the woman filming, who was still holding the camera in his direction, grabbed it from her hands and then threw it to the sidewalk, smashing it on the ground. Since that was not enough, he also kicked the broken camera toward the shocked woman. Continue reading →

Boy Removed From Parent’s Custody After Educating Class on Medical Cannabis During Anti-Drug Education

On March 24th, 2015, Garden City, Kansas police executed a search warrant on the home of a medical marijuana user after her 11-year old son spoke out against an anti-drug class conducted by his school, according to the Washington Post.

Shona Banda, a sufferer of Crohn’s Disease and a cannabis-for-medical-use-advocate, has used cannabis oil to successfully treat the condition. Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn syndrome, and regional enteritis, is an inflammatory bowel disease that can affect all parts of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus. Crohn’s can also cause complications such as anemia, skin rashes, painful inflammation of the eyes, and arthritis. In addition, Crohn’s patients face a higher risk of bowel cancer as a result of commonly occurring bowel obstruction.

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APRIL 20, 2015 – Mecklenberg County, NC

Pro football player, Greg Hardy, has petitioned for an expungement of his criminal record. According to Hardy’s attorney, Tony Scheer, “He’s been found guilty of absolutely nothing…”

This is actually true. The charges against Hardy were dismissed on the first day of trial after his accuser failed to show up to court. Hardy did, however, reach a settlement with his accuser before the trial began. Continue reading →

LANCASTER, PA

Steven Breit, a criminal defense attorney and FOX 43 legal analyst, appeared this morning to discuss expungements. The conversation began with the host, Amy Lutz, precariously asking “Is everyone eligible to get their record expunged?” Brett’s answer covers what many people are wondering: “If you were charged with a summary offense, and you are free from arrest or conviction for 5 years…you can have that summary offense expunged – that is erased from your criminal history. This is much different from states like California, where a criminal record cannot be completely erased, as the term “expungement” implies. Continue reading →

PROVIDENCE, R.I.

The state has seen more than 24,000 crimes be sealed from public view over the last two years. The push for changes in legislation comes from the criminal defense lobby, and looks to shorten the length of time an applicant has to wait until the expungement is granted and the criminal records in question are updated. The lobby is also advocating for a wider selection of crimes to be eligible for expungement, as well as increase the court’s ability to process more expungements.

In 2014, courts granted 11,598 expungements, 2,798 of which were felonies, and 8,800 misdemeanors. Now to be added to the list of expunge-able offenses are those involving possession of marijuana. Continue reading →

Fall River, MA – April 15, 2015

Jurors hearing the first-degree murder case in Massachusetts against Aaron Hernandez, a former tight end for the New England Patriots, came back Wednesday with a verdict of guilty. The murder, which occurred in 2013, was allegedly carried out in an industrial park in North Attleborough. The victim, Odin Lloyd, was a semiprofessional football player and landscaper by trade. A jogger found Lloyd’s body after he was murdered.

Hernandez, 25, was 23 years old at the time of the murder and had just signed a $40 million contract with the Patriots. The evidence presented by the prosecution over the course of several months included surveillance footage, rental car records, text messages, and elements of the crime scene. The prosecution also put 130 witnesses on the stand in building the case against Hernandez. In contrast, the defense took one day to present witnesses in an effort to rebut the evidence put forth by the prosecution, and then promptly rested.

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NEW JERSEY

The question, posed by NJ.com, asked respondents to identify whether they believed expunging a criminal record was fair.

So far, nearly 60% of poll-takers have agreed that expungements are fair, and that the expungement process “is a fair way of erasing past mistakes.” One reader expanded by saying that arrests and dismissals should automatically be removed from criminal records. Continue reading →