Although such laws have come before the Supreme Court five times in the last seven years, this summer would be the final time. In an 8-1 decision, the court determined "three strikes" laws are unconstitutional based on the inability to maintain a fair and indiscriminate execution of such laws.
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 21-Feb-2014
Recent information indicates that a victim of a Santa Ana nightclub beating had friends with Asian gang affiliations. Attorneys representing the two women charged with murderand assault in conjunction with the incident claim that this new information could "change everything in terms of the tenor of the case."
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 16-Feb-2014
Attorney Jacqueline Goodman was interviewed by a reporter from the San Bernardino Sun and asked to comment on last Sunday's fatal DUI crash in Diamond Bar. Six people were killed when 21-year-old Olivia Cullbreath sped onto the 60 freeway traveling east in the westbound lanes.
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 8-Feb-2014
Judge Claims "Affluenza" Defense Did Not Affect Her Decision
Affluenza is a term coined to describe a condition caused by the pursuit of materialism. Many have called this the "Keeping Up with the Joneses" condition. 17-year-old Ethan Couch's very public trial brought affluenza to the public eye after driving drunk and killing four people. Rather than jail time, Couch received 10 years' probation, sparking outrage from the victims' families.
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 3-Feb-2014
How State Prisons Are Staying a Step Ahead of the Feds
Headlines read out "overcrowded prisons" across the nation. Many federal prisons are above maximum capacity. In fact, the U.S. prison population has increased eightfold since the 1980s. As federal incarceration rates continue on an upward trend, state prison populations are beginning to decline. Multiple states even closed prisons last year.
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 25-Jan-2014
The Costly Consequences of Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
Mandatory minimum sentencing has become a controversial topic within recent months, especially after Attorney General Eric Holder's August 2013 announcement that he would seek to cut mandatory minimums for drug offenders. The term "war on drugs" was coined in the 1980s by politicians who promised to get tough on crack cocaine offenders.
Posted By The Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman || 21-Feb-2013
In 2004, Federal District Court Judge Spencer Letts reversed the verdict for a man who was given a mandatory 25-year prison sentence because of the California "three-strikes" law. The accused, M.B., was convicted of his first felony in 1988, after he got in a car accident then stole money from the other driver. A few years later, he was under the influence of drugs and had a fight with his girlfriend, who called the police. In this case, he pleaded no contest to assault, making that his second strike. The last strike was brought on by M.B.'s purchase of less than a gram of crack cocaine, for which he was convicted of drug possession.