I have witnessed a recent spike in the number of fentanyl cases. This is a deadly trend. Opioid Addiction Crisis America is in the middle of an opioid addiction crisis. Each year, over 90,000 people die from drug overdoses. That is 9 times the number killed by drunk drivers. And fentanyl is the driving force. … Continue reading Important Warning! Fentanyl Is a Killer!
The word “addiction” comes from the Latin “addictus” meaning “slave.” In ancient Rome, an “addictus” was a “debt slave.” He or she was a person who was enslaved by a creditor because of a debt. Once the debt was paid, the slave was freed. (This is the same philosophy underlying “debtor’s prison.”) The Roman Myth … Continue reading Myth of Addictus: Slavery of Sin and Addiction
As a criminal prosecutor I worked on a murder case where the victim was a homeless man. The witnesses were a group of ten homeless men who lived under an overpass on the Santa Ana River in Orange County. Their lifestyle was unique and interesting. The men banded together. They each received a monthly check … Continue reading A Unique Homeless Lifestyle – Partying with Social Security Disability Checks
Favorite Poems When I struggle with depression, this weird little poem has always cheered me up. So, I memorized it, and I recite it whenever I am feeling blue. Resume Razors pain you;Rivers are damp;Acids stain you;And drugs cause cramp.Guns aren’t lawful;Nooses give;Gas smells awful;You might as well live. --Dorothy Parker
I have presided over countless tragic drug cases. This is one of the saddest. The woman next door decided to visit the defendant. As the neighbor approached the front door she glanced inside the living room window. She saw a horrifying sight. The defendant was holding her three-year old son by the back of his hair with … Continue reading “He Needs Air!” Case of the Drug Crazed Mom Stabbing Her Toddler
Police canine units can be a great source of entertainment. “Racist” Police Dog Attacks Hispanic Officer in Uniform One of my Santa Ana, California police officer witnesses showed up at my DA’s Office with bandages and multiple puncture wounds on his forearm. I asked him what happened. He explained that there was a break-in at … Continue reading 5 Very Short and Entertaining Police Dog Stories
In four decades in the criminal justice system, I came across some amazingly creative and effective undercover officers. The Undercover Police Chief One part-time under cover officer was actually a local police chief. Stanton, Orange County, California, was a small semi-impoverished city between Knott’s Berry Farm and the beach. The police department was underfunded and understaffed. Maintaining … Continue reading Ingenious Undercover Cops
Selling Drugs to an Officer in Uniform If criminals are dumb, then young inexperienced juvenile criminals are the dumbest. I prosecuted a very dumb teenage marijuana dealer. A police officer was on patrol near the parking lot of a high school in Huntington Beach, CA. The officer was in full uniform and driving a marked black … Continue reading More Stupid Criminals