“Extreme Spite” — The Man Who Willfully Spent 19 Years in an Israeli Prison Rather Than Agree to Divorce

“Spite”: "deliberately trying to hurt someone, even when there is nothing to gain, and even when it involves harm to self." Ultra-Orthodox Wedding Orthodox Wedding In 1986, a Jewish couple were married in an orthodox ceremony is Israel. They were married for nine years, and they had four children together. Marriage Nightmare The husband was … Continue reading “Extreme Spite” — The Man Who Willfully Spent 19 Years in an Israeli Prison Rather Than Agree to Divorce

I Prosecuted an 8-Year-Old Child for Felony Burglary

As a rookie prosecutor, I set the dubious record of successfully prosecuting an eight-year-old boy for felony residential burglary.  The boy had been arrested for and charged with residential burglary, a straight felony. He was accused of opening the front door, entering an apartment, and stealing money from the tenant's purse while she was at … Continue reading I Prosecuted an 8-Year-Old Child for Felony Burglary

He was Hung for Saying, “Let Him Have It.”

In law school we discussed a criminal case where the defendant faced the death penalty based on his use of the ambiguous phrase, “Let him have it!” In 1952, in England, Derek Bentley, and his 16-year-old companion, Christopher Craig decided to break into and steal from a candy company warehouse. Bentley had a set of … Continue reading He was Hung for Saying, “Let Him Have It.”

“My Favorite Homeless Drunk”

(Before the trolls, bubble-poppers, and nitpickers criticize my use of the politically incorrect “drunk” in the title, they should read the entire story, where it will be explained.)    We get a lot of homeless alcoholics in our courthouse in rich Newport Beach, California.  Many of these folks sleep, and hang out, on the bluffs overlooking … Continue reading “My Favorite Homeless Drunk”

“Unpredictable” and “Problem” Court Interpreters

We have outstanding full-time certified court interpreters in Orange County. Our staff interpreters are primarily Spanish and Vietnamese. Orange County has a wonderfully diverse population. I regularly have certified on-call interpreters in my court who speak Mandarin, Persian, Arabic, Russian, Romanian, Samoan, Tongan, Tagalog, and Sign Language. It is very difficult to become certified as a court … Continue reading “Unpredictable” and “Problem” Court Interpreters