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Archives - April 2009

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Apr

PROSECUTORIAL MISCONDUCT:EVIDENCE OF SELF-INCRIMINATION ASSERTION

People v. Waldie (4th Dist., 4/24/09, E042303) 09 C.D.O.S. 4980 Error (harmless here under Chapman v. California (1967) 386 U.S. 18, 24) for Riverside County Judge Albert J. Wojcik to allow prosecutor to introduce evidence of prearrest silence and then to argue it. Police were allowed to testify that defendant never participated in police interview …

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Apr

CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RECORDS: BILL TARGETS FREQUENT RECORDS REQUESTERS

A bill introduced in California’s legislature would allow state agencies to stop filling the open-records requests of people who have asked for records too many times. But what is too many, and why are they scared? I have frequently sent CPRA request to the crime labs, police agencies and other departments. Their failure to respond …

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Apr

IS THE CALIFORNIA DMV RIGGING DMV HEARINGS?

I just received a response to a California Public Records Act request I filed about THREE MONTHS ago…. According to the documents, it seems that San Diego DMV Manager Brian Dawson is unhappy that his hearing officers (aka “HO’s” for fun), aren’t summarily suspending all people who challenge the DMV evidence in DUI administrative hearings, …

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