A Rookie Cop Loses Pubic Hair Rape Evidence

"Court Case Friday" "Confession is good for the soul." Twenty years ago, before he passed away, a criminal defense attorney “confessed” to me something that happened when he was a police officer decades earlier. When he was a rookie cop, he responded to the scene of a residential rape. It was the beginning of his shift. … Continue reading A Rookie Cop Loses Pubic Hair Rape Evidence

How “Catfishing” Destroyed 3 Teenage Boys – A Predator’s Strategy

"Court Case Friday" Internet Crimes Since I started in the criminal justice system, a whole new category of crimes has emerged -- internet crimes.  The internet is a great blessing, but "what the Devil cannot prevent, he will pervert." "Phishing" Internet crimes include “phishing.” Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails in order to … Continue reading How “Catfishing” Destroyed 3 Teenage Boys – A Predator’s Strategy

My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”

"Court Case Friday" Some Cops Turn to Crime Throughout my legal career I encountered several crooked police officers. I seem to be a magnet for those cases. Outstanding Huntington Beach Police Police officers, especially detectives, are the finest group of people I have ever worked with.  However, EVERY profession has “bad apples.” Police officers are … Continue reading My First “Crooked Cop” Case Was a “Real Doozy”

My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

"Court Case Friday" As a young prosecutor, I put on a felony preliminary hearing in a horrific DUI death case. The defendant was driving eastbound on Westminster Blvd. in Orange County.  He was going very fast. He was also under the influence.  He had a high level of alcohol in his blood. The defendant approached … Continue reading My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

Another Time I had to Eat My Words in Court

"Court Case Friday" There are a few times during my 33-year judicial career when I violated the rule: "Think before your speak." Occasionally, I had to apologize for my comments and eat my words. Here is one such episode: One morning, a very well-dressed middle-age woman appeared in front of me during my misdemeanor arraignment … Continue reading Another Time I had to Eat My Words in Court

The Local Racist “Irish” Gang

"Court Case Friday" I despise bullies, racists, and gangs. I had a case that involved all three .     I presided over a hearing involving an "Irish" gang. There were four co-defendants. They were all large muscular former high school football players. They were bullies during high school, and they were bullies afterward.  They were also white … Continue reading The Local Racist “Irish” Gang

The Loud Mouth 75-Year Old Female Domestic Violence Prisoner

"Court Case Friday" One of my specialties is domestic violence cases.  I handle domestic violence cases every day. The vast majority of the defendants are men.  One morning I had a woman domestic violence prisoner in my “cage.” She was an elderly, spry, wiry, and very loud 75-year-old.  The courtroom was full. I explained, “I … Continue reading The Loud Mouth 75-Year Old Female Domestic Violence Prisoner

Father is Prosecuted for Killing the Stranger’s Pitbull that Mutilated his Baby Son

"Court Case Friday" My next door colleague presided over a difficult case that gained national publicity. Pitbull Attacks Baby A father was walking with his two-year-old son on the sidewalk in a strip mall. Outside one of the bars, a man had tied his pitbull to a pole while he went inside. As the father … Continue reading Father is Prosecuted for Killing the Stranger’s Pitbull that Mutilated his Baby Son

Defendant Puts Nude Selfies, Sex Toys, and Cocaine in Her Purse Before Reporting for Jail

"Court Case Friday" I was presiding over a misdemeanor DUI jury trial. On the first day of trial, the female defendant showed up late after lunch and after each recess, inconveniencing the jurors. When I adjourned for the evening, I warned her that if she showed up late the following morning, I was going to revoke her … Continue reading Defendant Puts Nude Selfies, Sex Toys, and Cocaine in Her Purse Before Reporting for Jail

Case of the Illegal Hog Farm in Urban Irvine

"Court Case Friday" I spent 10 years as a D.A. prosecuting criminal cases and over 30 years as a judge presiding over them. Most of the thousands of cases I dealt with are very routine, like shop lifting, DUI, and drugs. So, I get excited when something new comes up. One morning, during my misdemeanor … Continue reading Case of the Illegal Hog Farm in Urban Irvine