My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

"Court Case Friday" As a young prosecutor, I put on a felony preliminary hearing in a horrific DUI death case. The defendant was driving eastbound on Westminster Blvd. in Orange County.  He was going very fast. He was also under the influence.  He had a high level of alcohol in his blood. The defendant approached … Continue reading My Civilian Witness Surprisingly Turned Out to be an Expert

Entertaining DUI Marijuana Cases

Marijuana and Driving Ever since marijuana became legal in California, the number of people driving under the influence of marijuana has skyrocketed. This was an unintended, but obvious, consequence of legalization. Marijuana plants contain THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), a psychoactive drug that gives a “high.” Like alcohol, THC is a central nervous system suppressant/depressant.  Like alcohol, THC … Continue reading Entertaining DUI Marijuana Cases

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

More Entertaining DUI Cases

DUI cases are among the most tragic. They are also among the most entertaining. DUI Driver Pulls Cop Over Late one night, a young driver waved for a patrol car to pull over. The officer approached the young man’s car. “Officer, I’ve just come from a party where I was drinking. Could you test me to see … Continue reading More Entertaining DUI Cases

More Entertaining DUI Cases

"Court Case Friday" DUI cases are among the most tragic and the most entertaining. Drag Racing While Drunk  I handled a case in my court where a young man was charged with both driving under the influence (DUI) and engaging in a speed contest (street racing).  The case was unique.  I had never seen those … Continue reading More Entertaining DUI Cases

Entertaining DUI Cases

(To: Great Oak High School. You are the best!) "Court Case Friday" Driving Under the Influence (DUI) cases are very tragic. Tens of thousands of people are killed or maimed every year by drunk drivers. In fact, drunk drivers kill someone "Every 15 Minutes." Yet sometimes DUI cases can be entertaining. Golf Cart on the … Continue reading Entertaining DUI Cases

Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

 In 2019, a Utah woman called 911 to report a drunk driver. The caller sounded intoxicated. She had slurred speech, and she was burping, and laughing uncontrollably on the phone.  The dispatcher asked the woman for a description of the drunk driver. The caller gave a description of - herself. She also gave a description of … Continue reading Drunk Driver Calls 911 to Report — Herself

The LDS Juror and The Clueless Lawyer

Just about everyone who knows me well, knows that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most Orange County attorneys who regularly appear in my court know I’m LDS. I was presiding over a driving under the influence (DUI) jury trial. We were selecting the jury. The clerks, bailiff, reporter, … Continue reading The LDS Juror and The Clueless Lawyer

Medical Marijuana: The Bogus Cases

Before marijuana became legal, California voters passed an initiative allowing possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes. The voters intended to relieve the suffering of elderly citizens with glaucoma, help increase the appetites of those undergoing chemotherapy, and so on.  The goal was compassionate care. However, there were no limits in the law. Almost all … Continue reading Medical Marijuana: The Bogus Cases