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

D.A. with Skirt Tucked in Her Panties

"Court Case Friday" I was presiding over a misdemeanor jury trial.  The young woman prosecutor was a dressed in an cream-colored silk blouse, and expensive tailor suit, with a charcoal pinstripe coat and a matching skirt. This was her first trial, and she wanted to make a big impression on the jurors.   We resumed … Continue reading D.A. with Skirt Tucked in Her Panties

The D.A.’s Disastrous Embarrassing False Start with a Jury

When I was a rookie deputy district attorney (D.A.) one of my colleagues quickly grabbed a case file and rushed off to court for his first jury trial. He wanted to make a good impression. The judge explained that the defendant waived his right to an attorney and insisted on exercising his constitutional right to … Continue reading The D.A.’s Disastrous Embarrassing False Start with a Jury