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Death Penalty Exhausted Appeals – Part 1

Death Penalty Exhausted Appeals – Part 1

.. By Michele Hanisee   This first of a series of blogs focuses on the murderers on California’s death row who have exhausted all appeals. The last impediment to executions is a federal stay that is now being challenged by several elected District Attorneys and victims. When that stay is lifted, at least 24 death […]

Governor Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty

Governor Newsom’s moratorium on the death penalty

.. By Michele Hanisee   Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent executive order declaring a moratorium on the death penalty is a test of the boundaries of executive privilege. California Constitution Article 5, Section 1 states, “The supreme executive power of this State is vested in the Governor. The Governor shall see that the law is faithfully […]

Who is Afraid of Judicial Review?

Who is Afraid of Judicial Review?

By Eric Siddall On March 2, 2019, the Los Angeles Times editorial board attacked district attorneys as craven politicians out to maximize punitive sentences. The reason for the attack is because a number of district attorneys have challenged the constitutionality of a law enacted by the state Legislature. The law, enacted pursuant to Senate Bill 1391, prohibits the transfers of 14 and […]

U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

. .. By Michele Hanisee In the past election cycle, we commented on candidates running for district attorney whose campaign promises involved ignoring criminal statutes they disagreed with and minimizing punishment of those who violate the law.   Fortunately, in California, those efforts were soundly rejected by voters.  Not so in Philadelphia. In 2018, a defense attorney […]

The Well-Founded Legal Challenges To SB 1391 (No Longer Prosecuting Dangerous Juveniles in Adult Court)

The Well-Founded Legal Challenges To SB 1391 (No Longer Prosecuting Dangerous Juveniles in Adult Court)

. ..   By Michele Hanisee . In a recent op ed, UC Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky criticized the legal challenges filed against SB 1391 by multiple District Attorney Offices in California. These legal challenges were based on the grounds that the legislation was an unconstitutional amendment of Prop 57. As detailed in a letter […]

Parole Board Again Wants To Free Brutal Manson Family Killer

Parole Board Again Wants To Free Brutal Manson Family Killer

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . Here we go again. For the third time in three years, a state parole board panel wants to free cold-blooded killer Leslie Van Houten. Van Houten, a member of the notorious Manson family, admitted to participating in the slaughter of Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, […]

The Oddly Tragic Position of Wishing We Had Been Wrong…

The Oddly Tragic Position of Wishing We Had Been Wrong…

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . We have repeatedly documented how ex-Governor Jerry Brown, falsely promised that violent felons would not be freed early from prison under Prop 57. Brown knew if he admitted the truth voters would reject his pet initiative. Reality has struck again.  An appellate court just ruled that Gregory Gadlin, a convicted […]

California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation Programs Documented to be Total Failure

California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation Programs Documented to be Total Failure

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . You won’t find much disagreement that it is good public policy to offer rehabilitation programs for inmates to increase the odds that they will be law-abiding citizens after they’re released. Good intentions, however, are not enough. The success of rehabilitation programs depends on several factors. One is developing […]

The Media Marginalization of Crime Victims

The Media Marginalization of Crime Victims

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . We have noted multiple times how the California Legislature, in pursuit of “criminal justice reform,” has repeatedly ignored the victims of crime and instead focused compassion on criminal defendants. However, it is not just the Legislature that has marginalized crime victims. The media has contributed as well. One […]

A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . Governor Gavin Newsom enters office with a liberal resume and promises to fulfill a progressive agenda. But this doesn’t condemn the Governor to stumbling down the dangerous path that his predecessor carved out. This path is littered with a series of public safety experiments that former Gov. Jerry […]

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