On July 7, 2017, a fire tore through the Alta-Waverly building, a seven-story, mixed-use building under construction in downtown Oakland. The heat from the fire was so intense, it was picked up on local weather radar and there was significant concern that an industrial crane, which was being used during the construction, might collapse onto […]
ICE has been making immigration arrests in the hallways of state courthouses recently. ICE had previously discontinued this tactic after getting bad press about arresting women applying for restraining orders, people paying traffic tickets, and even immigrants trying to get married in Kern County. The practice has resumed, at least in Los Angeles and other parts of the country. […]
Alameda County Court still Struggling with Computer System It has now been over six months since the Odyssey computer system was implemented in Alameda County. Over the last six months there have been reports of inmates staying in jail pass their sentence, individuals arrested for probation violations that had been recalled and a host of other […]
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office found disparities in the percentages of Latino and Black individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies. These findings confirm anecdotal impressions and data from the San Jose police department. Disparities were found across all charges beginning with the following points of encounter: car stops, 911 calls, in person street encounters, […]
An East Palo Alto landlord was arrested for vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) on October 21, after the Office of the District Attorney for the county of Santa Clara issued warrants stemming from his alleged destruction of tenant’s property in order to intimidate them and cause them to leave the premises. It is alleged that […]
Prosecution withholding of evidence penalties
Can I be arrested for recording a police officer in public?