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U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

U.S. Attorney’s Office Brings Federal Charges

. .. By Michele Hanisee In the past election cycle, we commented on candidates running for district attorney whose campaign promises involved ignoring criminal statutes they disagreed with and minimizing punishment of those who violate the law.   Fortunately, in California, those efforts were soundly rejected by voters.  Not so in Philadelphia. In 2018, a defense attorney […]

DA’s Association Statement on Death Penalty Moratorium

DA’s Association Statement on Death Penalty Moratorium

Los Angeles, March 12, 2019 – Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys issued the following statement regarding the decision by Governor Gavin Newsom to put a moratorium on the Death Penalty. The voters of the State of California support the death penalty. That is powerfully demonstrated by their approval of Proposition […]

The Well-Founded Legal Challenges To SB 1391 (No Longer Prosecuting Dangerous Juveniles in Adult Court)

The Well-Founded Legal Challenges To SB 1391 (No Longer Prosecuting Dangerous Juveniles in Adult Court)

. ..   By Michele Hanisee . In a recent op ed, UC Berkeley Dean Erwin Chemerinsky criticized the legal challenges filed against SB 1391 by multiple District Attorney Offices in California. These legal challenges were based on the grounds that the legislation was an unconstitutional amendment of Prop 57. As detailed in a letter […]

Capital Punishment in California | The Long Stall

Capital Punishment in California | The Long Stall

. ..   By Michele Hanisee Every time the issue of capital punishment has been put before California voters, they have voted to keep the death penalty and rejected efforts to eliminate it. Yet our paternalistic elected officials and their appointees smugly substitute their own values over the ratified votes of the majority. This includes […]

Parole Board Again Wants To Free Brutal Manson Family Killer

Parole Board Again Wants To Free Brutal Manson Family Killer

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . Here we go again. For the third time in three years, a state parole board panel wants to free cold-blooded killer Leslie Van Houten. Van Houten, a member of the notorious Manson family, admitted to participating in the slaughter of Los Angeles grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife, […]

The Oddly Tragic Position of Wishing We Had Been Wrong…

The Oddly Tragic Position of Wishing We Had Been Wrong…

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . We have repeatedly documented how ex-Governor Jerry Brown, falsely promised that violent felons would not be freed early from prison under Prop 57. Brown knew if he admitted the truth voters would reject his pet initiative. Reality has struck again.  An appellate court just ruled that Gregory Gadlin, a convicted […]

California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation Programs Documented to be Total Failure

California Department of Corrections Rehabilitation Programs Documented to be Total Failure

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . You won’t find much disagreement that it is good public policy to offer rehabilitation programs for inmates to increase the odds that they will be law-abiding citizens after they’re released. Good intentions, however, are not enough. The success of rehabilitation programs depends on several factors. One is developing […]

The Media Marginalization of Crime Victims

The Media Marginalization of Crime Victims

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . We have noted multiple times how the California Legislature, in pursuit of “criminal justice reform,” has repeatedly ignored the victims of crime and instead focused compassion on criminal defendants. However, it is not just the Legislature that has marginalized crime victims. The media has contributed as well. One […]

A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

A Common Sense Public Safety Blueprint for Gov. Gavin Newsom

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . Governor Gavin Newsom enters office with a liberal resume and promises to fulfill a progressive agenda. But this doesn’t condemn the Governor to stumbling down the dangerous path that his predecessor carved out. This path is littered with a series of public safety experiments that former Gov. Jerry […]

Rebuked repeatedly by the Supreme Court, Brown sues to prevent voters from following suit

Rebuked repeatedly by the Supreme Court, Brown sues to prevent voters from following suit

. . .. By Michele Hanisee . Governor Brown, having been rebuked multiple times in the past month by the California Supreme Court for “abuse of power” in issuing pardons and commutations, has now resorted to a lawsuit aiming to prevent voters from enacting common sense fixes to his badly flawed Proposition 57. The soon […]

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