Undue Influence: California Ups Penalty For Stealing From Seniors

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signs AB 381, which amends the criminal code to provide that a person convicted of stealing property via elder abuse or other form of undue influence be liable for twice the value of the property (STATE NET, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR'S OFFICE). ...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Fast and Furious Flurry of Legislation in California

CRIME & PUNISHMENT: The Supreme Court of the United States refuses to hear an appeal from CALIFORNIA Gov. Jerry Brown (D) to overturn a lower court's directive to cull the Golden State prison inmate population to 137.5 percent of capacity by Jan. 27. The high court issued its decision without...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Federal Court Grants California Prison Extension and Washington State Halts Death Penalty

FEDERAL COURT GRANTS CA PRISON EXTENSION: After enduring numerous rejections over the last three years, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) finally got a federal court to give him more time to ease the Golden State's longstanding prison overcrowding problem. A three-judge federal panel last Monday granted...

State Net Criminal Law Update: Governors Patrick (Mass.), Cuomo (N.Y.) Unveil New Anti-Heroin Plans

PATRICK, CUOMO UNVEIL NEW ANTI-HEROIN PLANS: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, both Democrats, unveiled wide-ranging new plans last week to address their states' rapidly growing heroin and prescription opiate abuse problems. The $20 million proposal Patrick released...