Amid tensions over the fatal police shootings of black men across the nation, some civil rights activists say state Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris must do more to increase accountability and ensure impartial investigations.
A federal appeals court decided that an Arizona man imprisoned for 42 years for starting a fire that killed 28 people in a Tucson hotel — and who later won release after evidence showed there was no arson — may not be compensated for the wrongful...
Lara BazelonProsecutor Barbara LaWall put Louis Taylor in an impossible position. After serving 40 years, admit to murders he didn’t commit for time-served or she would fight his case til he died. Now he can’t get a dime in comp. b/c, desperate to be free, he pled.
California state prisoner George Gage applies for authorization to file a second or successive 28 U.S.C. § 2254 habeas corpus petition challenging his 2000 j...
Lara BazelonPost op-ed, some ppl have asked about the George Gage case. Here is a link to the oral argument. Note that Gage and his lawyers have never been able to see the material about Marian because the state, including @KamalaHarris has refused to turn it over.
In 1995, John Adair and John Mix, a gay couple living in Riverside County, California, were murdered in their home. Both men were shot in the face. Mix...
Lara BazelonHarris won by defending egregious misconduct by a prosecutor who withheld evidence that the key witness was a “pathological liar who lives her lies” and arguing that Gage, who had no lawyer, failed to comply with the rigid technical requ’ts of the law.
The book neglects to mention all the times Harris' office appealed cases that were thrown out for gross prosecutor misconduct.
Lara Bazelon@KamalaHarris touts herself as a progressive prosecutor. She was not. This recent piece explains why. reason.com/blog/2019/01/0…. But it leaves out the case of George Gage an innocent man rotting in prison because Harris defended his wrongful conviction.
Mayor London Breed has been broadly criticized for her recent letter urging Gov. Jerry Brown to commute the sentence of her brother, Napoleon Brown. Her brother has served nearly 20 years in prison for involuntary manslaughter and robbery. The...
Lara BazelonBeautiful op-ed by Chesa Boudin, the child of incarcerated parents, on the importance of mercy and the belief that we are all better than the worst thing we ever did.
Scott Greenfield argues that innocents are being sacrificed in the name of utopian causes.
Lara BazelonGreat interview in the @TheAtlantic with @ScottGreenfield on TIX and other third rail topics. Pull quote: “[Due process] doesn’t morph from wonderful to horrible based upon the nature of the accusation, or which side is preferred at any moment."
Outsourcing this responsibility to female aides or an outside female lawyer because of bad optics is sexist and cowardly.
Lara BazelonThe Republicans' idea to outsource the questioning of Dr. Ford to female staffers is cynical, sexist, and cowardly. Don't want to come off like a sexist bully? Don't act like a sexist bully.
Brendan Dassey's story, made famous on the Netflix series "Making a Murderer," shows the troubling interrogation tactics that can coerce teens into a false confession, writes Marty Tankleff
Lara BazelonAs SCOTUS weighs whether to take Making a Murderer Brendan Dassey’s false confession case, parents should weigh this: would your child, alone, manipulated, lied to by police and sold out by his own attorney, have behaved much differently?
On June 5, voters in San Bernardino County will head to the polls and decide whether to re-elect District Attorney Michael Ramos to his fifth term or replace him with challenger Jason Anderson, a f…
Lara BazelonDistrict Attorney @michaelramos denied the innocence of Bill Richards for 13 years. Now he wants to Kevin Cooper, whose wrongful conviction was exposed by @NickKristof. Ramos is up for reelection on June 5. San Bernardino: vote him out.
Wednesday: What it costs to get out of jail in San Francisco, the Supreme Court’s blow to detained immigrants, and a study linking drinking to longevity.
Lara Bazelon"Judges here set bail like they are announcing the next jackpot in the lottery," says @JeffAdachi.
California Today: Should Bail Be Set Above What Defendants Can Pay? nyti.ms/2EZ8eWF