We’ve all seen one in action, whether in a dramatized commercial discouraging drunk driving or in real life. Breathalyzer tests are widely used by police officers to detect alcohol in an individual’s breath. The concept is simple: you put the device into your mouth and blow, and a number displays that either lets you go on your merry way or puts you in the backseat of a cop car. Read the rest »
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Yikes. Last October, Forensic Magazine reported the latest development in a string of DNA contamination cases by Utah-based forensics lab, Sorenson Forensic. Labs like Sorenson help police forces compare DNA obtained in a crime scene (or evidence kit) against a state database of DNA samples from convicted offenders and arrestees (depending on the state you reside in). This is called the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). A “hit” in CODIS could result in the linking of perpetrators and multiple crimes. Read the rest »
If you’ve made a mistake and committed a crime, all is not lost. Humans make mistakes, and our California legal system has provisions that give a person a second chance. There may still be consequences, but they will probably be less severe if you have an experienced legal advocate on your side.
The Orange County jail system continues to disappoint Southern California, many months after the death of Danny Pham.
Pham, an inmate, was killed in an OC jail cell in July of 2017. Attorney Michael Guisti filed a wrongful death claim on behalf of Pham’s family against Orange County in January 2018, which alleges that the OC Sherriff’s Department placed Pham in a cell with an admitted double-murderer, who then strangled him. In addition, the jail staff did not follow protocol in housing locations and mandatory cell checks, only discovering the murder three hours later. Read the rest »
Just a few years ago, the Internet was filled with kids shoving spoonfuls of cinnamon into their mouths. Now, some have switched cinnamon out for Tide pods. Many outlandish trends are emerging in this digital age, and a truly dangerous one has erupted—swatting.
So, what is swatting? Read the rest »
What would you do to protect your child?
That question, no doubt, crossed the mind of Virginia parent Sarah Sims. Her daughter was being bullied by other children at school. Sims contacted the school, located in Norfolk, but never got a response. Read the rest »
Break out the nachos, chicken wings, and beer! It’s Super Bowl time! Time for you to watch silly commercials while cheering on your favorite team—or the one that offends you less. For you non-sporty folk, it’s time to play fun drinking games, like drink every time a celebrity randomly pops up in a commercial, or drink every time Justin Timberlake goes for a high note. Whatever else you do on Super Bowl Sunday, try not to drink and drive. Cops are on the lookout, and they have quotas to meet. Read the rest »
You read that right. It sounds like a scene from a comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco, but it was very real for 64-year-old Daniel Rushing of Orlando, Florida.
And the icing on the cake (doughnut)? This isn’t the only time cops have mistaken a harmless substance for drugs! A similar situation happened again to another Floridian, Karlos Cashe, earlier in 2017. Read the rest »
Marijuana is now legal for recreational use as of January 1, 2018. Before you go on a free-for-all, keep these rules in mind. Read the rest »
You don’t have to watch TV shows to hear about grand political scandals. Orange County jail troubles seem to be popping out of everywhere lately. In the latest addition to the never-ending saga, public defender Scott Sanders recently sat down with OC Weekly to discuss one of the biggest criminal justice scandals in OC history. Read the rest »
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