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Archives - April 2010

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Apr

CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL LAW: DUE DILIGENCE FOR OUT-OF-STATE WITNESSES

The victim here testified at the prelim. But she was out of state when trial was scheduled. The DA used the Uniform Act to Secure the Attendance of Witnesses to get the victim to California, but didni’ have the victim arrested when she was uncooperative. The Cal. Supremes rule that the DA doesn’t have to …

8
Apr

SAN FRANCISCO CRIME LAB EXPERT TO TAKE THE FIFTH AMENDMENT; CRIME LAB SCANDAL THICKENS

The retired criminalist at the center of San Francisco’s drug lab controversy said Tuesday through her attorney that she will refuse to testify in a drunken driving case, asserting her right against self-incrimination. Deborah Madden’s intention to invoke the Fifth Amendment is the latest fallout from a growing scandal that has forced local prosecutors to …

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Apr

CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE: REASONABLE CAUSE FOR SCHOOL SEARCHES

In T.L.O. (469 US 325), the US Supremes said that school officials could conduct a search if it was reasonable, even if there was no probable cause. Here, the police called the school to tell them that this minor had illegal pills on him. The vice principal searched the minor with the police present. The …

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