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Congressman Jeff Fortenberry Found Guilty of Concealing Facts and Lying to Investigators Probing Illegal Campaign Contributions

Posted by Fay Arfa | Mar 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

            U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry, 61, who served in Congress since 2005 and represented Nebraska's 1st Congressional District, was found guilty by a federal jury  of concealing information and making false statements to federal authorities who were investigating illegal contributi...

SB 775 modifies Penal Code section 1170.95

Posted by Fay Arfa | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

On October 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill No. 775, effective January 1, 2022, which amends Penal Code section 1170.95. The changes are significant. They are: Amendment to subdivision (a) expands eligibility to file a petition to vacate convictions to persons who were convict...

AB 1228 requires a court to release a person on their own recognizance pending probation revocation hearing, absent clear and convincing evidence that conditions or bail are necessary

Posted by Fay Arfa | Mar 16, 2022 | 0 Comments

On October 5, 2021, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill No. 1228, effective January 1, 2022, which amends the court's authority over a person arrested for violation of probation. The new law requires the court to consider releasing the person pending a revocation hearing in accordance with...

Ninth Circuit Upholds Prosecutor's Striking of Black Jurors

Posted by Fay Arfa | Mar 06, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a grant of a death penalty habeas petition to determine if the prosecutor kicked a black prospective jurors on the basis of race. The Black juror served on a prior jury that acquitted the defendant in a sexual assault case. The ...

Ninth Circuit Reverses Death Penalty Case Finding Trial Attorney Rendered Ineffective Assistance.and Nevada Failed to Adequately Fund and Staff the Case

Posted by Fay Arfa | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Ninth Circuit held that trial  counsel's  investigation, preparation, and execution of their  chosen insanity  defense  fell  below  an  objective standard  of  reasonableness. The Ninth Circuit wrote that  (1)  trial counsel's most  significant  error  was failing  to  call  as a witness—or ...


Posted by Fay Arfa | Feb 14, 2022 | 0 Comments

   A federal judge sentenced Michael Joseph Pepe, 68, a retired Marine Corps captain who traveled to Cambodia in 2005 to engage in illicit sexual conduct with minors to 210 years in federal prison.  He has been in federal custody since 2007. During a seven-day trial in August 2021, jurors heard t...

Convicted Felon Who Fired BB Guns at Planned Parenthood Facility Arrested on Federal Charge Alleging Illegal Possession of Firearm

Posted by Fay Arfa | Jan 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

             The feds arrested Richard Royden Chamberlin, 53, who allegedly fired BB guns at the Planned Parenthood facility in Pasadena several times. The feds charged him with being an ex-felon with the illegal possession of a .22-caliber handgun. Chamberlin allegedly shot at Planned Parent fac...

Eighty year old Los Angeles Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charge for $8.3 Million Scam Dealing with ‘Ancient Slag’

Posted by Fay Arfa | Dec 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

          Michael Godfree, 80, pleaded guilty to defrauding more than 100 investors out of $8.3 million through a scheme that sold “ancient slag.” For those who don't know, “ancient slag is a mining waste byproduct that supposedly contained precious metals.          From 2011 to November 2017, Go...

Former LADWP Executive Will Admit He Lied to the FBI About Agreeing to Accept Job in Exchange for ‘Guarantees’ to Contractor

Posted by Fay Arfa | Dec 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

           David F. Alexander, a former Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) executive, will guilty to a federal criminal charge for lying to the FBI about a lucrative job offer he secretly solicited and agreed to accept in exchange for providing “guarantees” of additional LADWP cont...

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