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Posted on March 18 at 9:38 a.m.
Thanks to the Independent for the weekly crime blotter. It makes for interesting reading.
On Santa Barbara Crime Blotter, 3/4 – 3/11
Posted on March 13 at 3:03 p.m.
It would be interesting to find out more details about this case. This is a very serious situation.
On SM Police to Be Disciplined for Fatal Officer Shooting
Posted on March 7 at 9:28 a.m.
Using the argument that it's for the well-being of the staff and inmates, not sure if I buy that stance. Smoking is dangerous not only because of second-hand smoke, but it's also a fire hazard. Narcotics contained in a letter would be a very small quantity and most likely used in a different way.
This is obviously an attempt at reducing the work demands of the Sheriff's Department personnel. Now they won't need to pay someone to open inmates' letters. It saves money in their budget, which I like. Postcards are just fine in writing correspondence. Furthermore, it's cheaper to mail a postcard than a letter ($.33 vs $.46).
On New Restrictions on Jail Mail
Posted on March 6 at 10:06 a.m.
This is the reason why GPS monitoring devices are a horrible idea for pre-trial release defendants. If this guy had been out on a bail bond, there would be an active pursuit of the guy. Regardless of whether a warrant was issued or not, the bail agent would have gone after him at no cost to the taxpayer.
On Conman Works Jail System
Posted on March 6 at 9:59 a.m.
I'm surprised she tried to represent herself. Even lawyers hire other lawyers to represent their interests in legal matters. To quote Abraham Lincoln: "He who represents himself has a fool for a client" (obviously in this case he is a she).
On Judge Denies Request from Foster Mom Who Locked Kids in Cages
Posted on March 1 at 8:52 a.m.
I read that she supposedly had some sort of undisclosed medical problem. However, it seems like a flimsy excuse of why such an all-out search was conducted. As user "jesscuz" pointed out, there are other cases of individuals with real medical or mental conditions who have been missing in the past and I've never heard of such an extensive use of public resources. Obviously the judge has clout in the law enforcement and political community. It's just another example of misappropriating tax payers money.
On Case of Disappearing Anchorwoman 'Solved'
Posted on March 1 at 8:40 a.m.
Given the amount of the bail bond, it's likely forcible. I've dealt with similar cases in the past, so in my experience $2 million is an extremely high amount for this crime. Of course, I don't know the particulars of the arrest report and I'm not an attorney. Just an educated guess based on previous experience.
On Youth Pastor Arrested on Child Rape Charges
Posted on February 25 at 9:38 a.m.
I'm amazed this took place so early in the morning. Hopefully the victim recovers from his injuries and they catch the person responsible.
On Stabbing on West Arrellaga
Posted on February 25 at 9:34 a.m.
Unfortunately cases of this magnitude do take time to process. In a murder trial, unless the accused plead guilty early, most of the time it takes years. Prosecutors want to make sure that they have all their "ducks in a row." Remember, our justice system is based on the premise of being innocent until proven guilty.
On Murder Trial Begins
Posted on February 15 at 9:10 a.m.
The court system seems more interested in generating revenue than actually serving justice. This guy fractured the victim's skull and sent him to the hospital. If he'd been convicted of a felony, like he should have been, the perpetrator would have lost his NFL career and not been able to pony up the $42,000.
On Dolphins Linebacker Sentenced for Isla Vista Battery