Case of the mysterious disappearance of the “Frenchie” bulldog

"Court Case Friday" "Frenchie" In 2020, the French bulldog (“Frenchie”) became the second most popular dog breed in America (behind Labs).  Frenchies are small, adorable, low energy, adaptable to homes and apartments, and comfortable with individuals and families. One drawback -- when Frenchies are scared, tired, or over-excited they scream loudly like a human baby. … Continue reading Case of the mysterious disappearance of the “Frenchie” bulldog

Starbucks: “Would you like marijuana with your coffee?”

"Court Case Friday" Years ago, a local Starbucks had a huge volume of customers. It was outperforming all the other Starbucks in the area. After a while, detectives noticed that most of the customers were teenagers. This was unusual. Police officers have a “sixth sense” for spotting anomalies, and so they decided to investigate.    … Continue reading Starbucks: “Would you like marijuana with your coffee?”

Judges give harsher sentences after Daylight Saving Time change

"Court Case Friday" "Fun Facts" Researchers found that on “sleepy Monday,” the Monday after the Daylight Saving Time change, judges hand out longer sentences. I will try to remember that -- if I am not too sleepy.   “Researchers frequently use DST to study sleep deprivation in populations, as it's a period of time when … Continue reading Judges give harsher sentences after Daylight Saving Time change

Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

"Court Case Friday" There is no getting around the "law of the harvest." "We reap what we sow." There are always consequences. Whether we do what's right, or do what's wrong, the consequence will follow. Thus, it is better to "choose the right." Sometimes, the consequences of our actions can be very expensive. With his rich … Continue reading Teenage Son and Joyriding Friends Sink Family Yacht

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

Were the Illegal “Undersized Lobsters” Real or Plastic?

"Court Case Friday" California’s Fish and Game Code regulates the capturing and taking of lobsters. For example, if an out-of-season, or undersized lobster, is captured “incidentally,” then “it must immediately be returned to the sea.” (Sections 8250-8259) Violating these regulations is a crime. Real California Spiny Lobster My next-door judicial colleague presided over a misdemeanor … Continue reading Were the Illegal “Undersized Lobsters” Real or Plastic?

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

The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

"Court Case Friday" It was one of those long boring days with nothing interesting happening. In the afternoon, I arraigned an in-custody defendant who had sent a video threatening a judge.  The defendant filmed himself making the threats.   When I explained the charges against him, he asked if I had seen the video. I … Continue reading The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

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”