Another harsh sentencing judge

"Court Case Friday" In the “old days” when I was a prosecutor, one of our former old-time Orange County judges gave a criminal a consecutive sentence for each of his dozen serious felonies.   The total was over 300 years. (Such huge consecutive sentences no longer exist under California law.) When the judge imposed the … Continue reading Another harsh sentencing judge

Historic South Orange County (Photos)

Inside the back hallways of the Newport Harbor Justice Center are historic photos of South Orange County. I thought I would share them with you. First Laguna Beach City Jail Back Bay Salt Mine Newport Dory Fleet Irvine Sugar Beet Facility Fashion Island Under Construction Downtown Laguna Beach World Jamboree 1953, Future "Jamboree Road" Laguna … Continue reading Historic South Orange County (Photos)

“Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

D&C 11:11 warns: “Therefore, be ye as wise as serpents and yet without sin.” The Lord is alerting us to the dangers of being naïve, gullible, and too trusting. “There’s a sucker born every minute.” (P.R. Barnum, 19th Century American showman.) Sadly, not every enough Latter-day Saint follows this counsel. For example, Utah has the … Continue reading “Be Wise as Serpents” (D&C 111:11) “Don’t be a Victim”

Beware of Stereotyping Other Drivers!

“Catholic driver” stereotypes I grew up thinking that all Catholics are bad drivers.  St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers.  In the 1950’s and 1960’s it was popular for Catholics have a St. Christopher medallion hanging from their rear-view mirror or a small St. Christopher figurine mounted on their dashboard.  We also had a … Continue reading Beware of Stereotyping Other Drivers!