Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Us
Site Search
Legal Flash
Blog Home All Blogs
Search all posts for:   

 

View all (779) posts »
 

Prop. 47 jolts landscape of California justice system

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 6, 2014

Los Angeles County Public Defender Ron Brown walked into a Pomona court Wednesday and saw first-hand the impact of Proposition 47 — the voter-approved initiative that reduces penalties for drug possession and other nonviolent crimes.

His office had deliberately postponed sentencing for a defendant facing more than a year behind bars for possessing heroin and methamphetamine to the day after Tuesday's election, waiting to see what voters would do.

The gambit worked. The man was sentenced and released from custody with no further jail time.

"They were felonies yesterday. They're misdemeanors today," Brown said. "This is the law now."

The day after California voted to reduce punishments, police agencies, defense attorneys, prosecutors and even some advocates were scrambling to figure out exactly how it was going to work.

Read the whole story at LA Times

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
Permalink | Comments (0)
 
more Calendar

3/14/2017
Settlement vs. Litigation? Fight or Flight

3/16/2017
Meet and Greet the Family Law Bench for 2017

3/21/2017
Law and Motion 2017: A View From the Bench

Recent Recognitions
Hon. Erica R. Yew2016 Jurist of the Year
Mariel BlockBarrister of the Year 2016

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal