Man Taunts Police Dog and Pays the Price

I prosecuted a man for misdemeanor obstructing police. (PC 148(a)) The dumb defendant walked up to a canine police officer on the Huntington Beach pier and declared: “Your dog doesn’t scare me!”  He then bent down, grabbed the police German Shepherd by both ears, went nose-to-nose with the dog, and yelled, “Growl!”  The police dog … Continue reading Man Taunts Police Dog and Pays the Price

My Most Difficult Judicial Decision: Death of the “Miracle” Baby

For an experienced criminal law judge, most cases are not that complex, and most decisions are not that difficult. In fact, most criminal cases are fairly routine. (Drugs, DUI, Theft) Interestingly, my hardest sentencing decision involved a misdemeanor case. California Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter Cases The case was misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The criminal defendant was a … Continue reading My Most Difficult Judicial Decision: Death of the “Miracle” Baby

More of “My” Dumb Criminals

“I’m the Criminal”  I was in the middle of jury selection when a young man entered the courtroom. Since I had ordered all witnesses excluded during jury selection, I interrupted the proceedings, and asked, “Excuse me sir, are you a witness in this case?”  He replied, “No, I’m the criminal.” The defense attorney asked me … Continue reading More of “My” Dumb Criminals

Dumb Criminal Tries to Steal Undercover Police Van with Cops Inside

Some criminals are dumber than others. I prosecuted some of the dumbest ones. An Orange County city had a problem with drug sales in a high-density area. So, the police decided to do a surveillance using their unmarked old beat up surveillance van.  Three officers drove in the van to the target location. There was the … Continue reading Dumb Criminal Tries to Steal Undercover Police Van with Cops Inside

Police Reform (9/10): Rethink the Warrior-Military Mindset

The U.S. Police Warrior/Military Mindset The police warrior-military mindset started as a narrow concept during deadly confrontations.  However, it has expanded to become the prevailing culture.                                                                                   Supporters of the warrior-military mindset believe it is critical to officer and public safety. However, many police professionals and criminologists believe that the warrior-military mindset actually makes officers … Continue reading Police Reform (9/10): Rethink the Warrior-Military Mindset

“Jesus is My Lawyer”

When criminal defendants appear in my court by themselves, I ask, “Do you have an attorney?” Most defendants request a continuance, so they can hire a lawyer, or they ask me to appoint the public defender to represent them. Occasionally, I get a defendant who stands erect and proudly proclaims, “God is my lawyer!” or … Continue reading “Jesus is My Lawyer”

Another Entertaining Dumb Criminal Makes Matters Much Worse

I am continually amazed at how often people make bad situations worse. We see this very often when people flee the scene of an accident, evade a police officer, or fail to show up for their traffic tickets. I was presiding over a misdemeanor jury trial. The defendant was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence, violation of … Continue reading Another Entertaining Dumb Criminal Makes Matters Much Worse

More Entertaining Dumb Criminals

"We don't catch the smart ones." “Dumb and Dumber” and “Dumbest” Under California’s “three strikes” law at the time, if a defendant committed two serious or violent felonies in the past, if he commits a new felony, no matter how minor, he faces a mandatory 25 years to life in prison.  (Some California DA’s Offices … Continue reading More Entertaining Dumb Criminals

More Very “Eccentric” Criminals

The Traffic Trial with the Vow of Silence  Occasionally, I am “forced” to handle traffic court trials. I do not like these kinds of cases. The defendant’s frequently lie, slander the officer, and refuse to accept responsibility for their own conduct. I would much rather deal with “real” criminals, who are more generally more honest … Continue reading More Very “Eccentric” Criminals