A crowd of over 100 protesters gathered at the courthouse in Downtown Santa Rosa Monday to make demands related to last year’s shooting by a Sonoma County sheriff’s deputy of 13-year-old Andy Lopez.
In response to this special series, San Francisco’s Presiding Judge and the state’s Chief Justice are both recommending reforms. KCBS has also learned that one Bay Area district attorney, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, is taking it even one step further, training his attorneys to observe a victim’s Marsy’s rights, even if the victim doesn’t ask for them to be honored.
In response to a KCBS investigation into the violation of victims’ rights in California, the presiding judge in San Francisco is recommending new procedures for the courts to follow. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports exclusively that the state’s Chief Justice is also asking judges in other counties to consider doing the same.
Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation’s largest smartphone makers to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies.
George Shirakawa, Jr., the already-embattled president of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, is being asked to explain a “confusing trail of receipts” on his county-issued credit card.
Bouncing a check has never been a good thing to do, but the penalty for writing a bad one might now be harsher than it was before with district attorneys contracting with debt collection services.
San Francisco’s top prosecutor wants to bring the same sort of technology he used to track crime while serving as police chief to the district attorney’s office.
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has said he has doubts about the sincerity of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s guilty plea to a charge of misdemeanor false imprisonment.
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office is adding 15 new prosecutors, set to start their jobs on March 5th.
A former gang member who turned his life around to become a social worker will help San Francisco prosecutors decide how best to pursue criminal charges against some offenders.