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

Famous Poetic Death Sentence From a Real Hanging Judge

Here is a famous poetic death sentence from a real hanging judge in the New Mexico Territory in the 1800’s. “Jose Manuel Miguel Xavier Gonzales, in a few short weeks it will be spring. The snows of winter will flee away, the ice will vanish, and the air will become soft and balmy. In short, … Continue reading Famous Poetic Death Sentence From a Real Hanging Judge

My Most Difficult Judicial Decision: Death of the “Miracle” Baby

For an experienced criminal law judge, most cases are not that complex, and most decisions are not that difficult. In fact, most criminal cases are fairly routine. (Drugs, DUI, Theft) Interestingly, my hardest sentencing decision involved a misdemeanor case. California Misdemeanor Vehicular Manslaughter Cases The case was misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The criminal defendant was a … Continue reading My Most Difficult Judicial Decision: Death of the “Miracle” Baby