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

2 High Publicity Police Fiascos: When the Police Use Military Equipment

There is a current debate about the "over-militarization" of the police and the use of military equipment. This is nothing new. I am old enough to remember the following 2 police fiascos. The LAPD Armored Personnel Carrier Battering Ram In 1985, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) proudly displayed their new 6-ton armored personnel carrier … Continue reading 2 High Publicity Police Fiascos: When the Police Use Military Equipment

Domestic Violence, and the Case of the Wife Who Super-Glued Her Husband’s “Member” to His Abdomen

Background and Observations on Domestic Violence (DV) Cases The Paradigm Shift From Laxness to No Tolerance One of my judicial specialties is domestic violence cases.  Every day, I deal with 5-10 DV cases. In the last 40 years there has been huge paradigm shift in how DV cases are prosecuted.  When I was a Deputy … Continue reading Domestic Violence, and the Case of the Wife Who Super-Glued Her Husband’s “Member” to His Abdomen

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

Police Reform (8/10): “More Less-lethal Force”

Introduction When I started in the criminal justice system, the police had only two options to subdue suspects: batons and guns. Of the millions of face-to-face contacts people have with the police every year, about 1.4% involve the use or force or threats of force by the police. (1 out of 100). About 25% (0.56%) … Continue reading Police Reform (8/10): “More Less-lethal Force”

Police Reform (10/10): Supporting Law Enforcement vs. the “War on Cops”

"Support Your Local Sheriff" - The Movie “Support Your Local Sheriff” was an entertaining 1969 Western parody.  In the movie, James Garner played a gambler who was persuaded to take the job of sheriff in a crime-ridden mining town. Garner didn’t believe in violence, so he simply outwitted the dumb criminals. For example, there weren’t … Continue reading Police Reform (10/10): Supporting Law Enforcement vs. the “War on Cops”

Police Reform (6/10): “More Civilian Oversight”

Self-Monitoring Does Not Work We have learned by sad experience that self-monitoring/regulating does not work.  It never has. There is too much actual or perceived bias and conflicts of interest inherent in the process.  Accordingly, almost every profession is monitored and regulated by an independent review board. This includes: doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, prosecutor, … Continue reading Police Reform (6/10): “More Civilian Oversight”

Police Reform (5/10): “Shoot to Wound” and “Fire Warning Shots”

Dumb Ideas Advocates of defunding the police are disturbed by the use of deadly force. A plethora of people insist that the police should be trained to “shoot to wound" or "fire warning shots" first.   "Shoot to Wound" -Fantasy versus Reality and Experience The recommendation to "shoot to wound" is based on Hollywood fantasy, … Continue reading Police Reform (5/10): “Shoot to Wound” and “Fire Warning Shots”

Police Reform (4/10): “More Body Cams”

Body worn cameras aid the police and protect the public.  Every patrol officer should be required to wear a body cam while on duty. In most cases, the video corroborates the officer and incriminates the defendant.  The body cam can also record and deter police misconduct.  Ultimately, body cams keep everybody honest.  “A picture is … Continue reading Police Reform (4/10): “More Body Cams”