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Convicted double murderer Daniel Wozniak has received a recommendation for the death penalty.

The jury, which has been on the case for more than 5 years, deliberated for just over an hour before deciding the former Costa Mesa theater actor should be put to death for the slayings of two friends. Wozniak killed the two in a plot to steal money in order to pay for his wedding.  Continue reading →

Earlier this week the United States Supreme Court upheld a ruling allowing the use of Midazolam, a drug that causes deep unconsciousness in those sentenced to death by lethal injection. Subsequent to Midazolam, a second and third injection are administered to cause paralysis and cardiac arrest respectively.

Midazolam was the common agent in at least three botched executions over the past several years.

Three death row inmates petitioned the court, claiming that executions in which this drug is administered violate the 8th Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment because it cannot reliably cause a deep, coma-like unconsciousness.

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 →

Last week on HBO’s documentary, “The Jinx,” real estate mogul Robert Durst seemed to have confessed to killing Kathleen McCormack Durst, Susan Berman and Morris Black, for which he was a prime suspect. The question, however, is can this “confession” be used in court, or will a judge preclude Durst’s statements from being admitted into evidence in a criminal case?

What Durst Said

The confession came during a bathroom break at the close of HBO’s documentary “The Jinx”, in which Durst was interviewed by Andrew Jarecki, a renowned moviemaker (nominated for the Oscar award in 2004 for “Capturing the Friedmans”). Here is what Durst said, as caught by a wireless microphone: “You’re caught. You’re right, of course. But you can’t imagine. Arrest him. I don’t know what’s in the house. Oh, I want this. What a disaster. He was right. I was wrong. And the burping. I’m having difficulty with the question. What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”

Is the Confession Acceptable as Evidence in Court?

Robert Durst was arrested in New Orleans by the FBI and charged with murder just a day prior to the episode airing. With this confession the case against him appears to be very strong. However, that is not to say that Durst’s lawyers won’t aggressively seek to preclude both the audio and the written transcript from ever coming into evidence in any case against him.

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FULLERTON, Calif

On July 5th, a thirty-seven year old homeless man from Santa Ana named Kelly Thomas, arrived at the UC Irvine Medical Center comatose, with multiple organ failure, multiple fractures to his face and ribs and having suffered respiratory and cardiac arrest, based on an evaluation by a trauma surgeon. He died five days later. Two Fullerton police officers, Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli, were found responsible for Thomas’s death.

Thomas was a homeless man in Santa Ana that suffered from schizophrenia. He has had previous encounters with the cops but for nothing violent. On the night of the incident, Fullerton Police Officers Ramos and Cicinelli were dispatched for the possibility of a man breaking into vehicles in the parking lot of the Fullerton transit center.