Criminal Defense News

Rape trials: What happens when there is no victim testimony?

When a defendant in a criminal trial is accused of rape or some other type of sexual assault, prosecutors rely on evidence from as many sources as are available to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. That would include physical and forensic evidence, such as scratches and bruises on the victim,… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2rMRbfI via IFTTT


Security guard acquitted in ‘chokehold’ case involving sheriff’s detective

A security guard who was confronted and restrained by a plainclothes sheriff’s detective on a residential street two years ago was acquitted Friday of all charges related to the 2015 incident. Robert Branch III, 27, faced felony and misdemeanor charges including resisting an officer by force, attempting… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2s07gD2 via IFTTT


Border Patrol agent pleads guilty in drug smuggling case

A U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of smuggling backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border fence pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges. Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine. He faces a possible minimum sentence… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2t18kX0 via IFTTT


Fire system testing delays opening of $555 million San Diego courthouse

The new state courthouse in downtown San Diego will not open to the public next month as scheduled because workers are re-testing components of the $555.5 million building’s smoke exhaust system, officials said Wednesday. Probate and family courts were expected to be up and running in the new location… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2tOZV5N via IFTTT


Deliberations to start in ‘chokehold’ case involving security guard and sheriff’s deputy

It started with a near-miss between two cars headed west on Interstate 8 two years ago. It ended after a confrontation on a Del Cerro street between the drivers of those vehicles: one of them a security guard wearing a tactical vest he had ordered online, the other a sheriff’s detective in plainclothes… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2tr6AUn via IFTTT


Guilty pleas from man accused in attacks, rape near Balboa Park

A Chula Vista man accused of attacking two women at knifepoint near Balboa Park last year and raping one of them pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges. Ismael Hernandez Jr., 28, admitted to rape, forcible oral copulation and attempted kidnapping for the purposes of committing rape, along with… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2sjF2S0 via IFTTT


Colorado man guilty of raping, kidnapping German SDSU exchange student

A Colorado man was convicted Thursday of kidnapping an intoxicated exchange student in Pacific Beach during New Year’s celebrations and raping her at knifepoint in his pickup. The San Diego Superior Court jury deliberated for just over half a day before reaching the guilty verdict against Jacob… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2s6z1YX via IFTTT


Bank of America to pay nearly $2 million in lawsuit over consumer call recordings

Bank of America has agreed to pay nearly $2 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of failing to properly warn members of the public that service calls were being recorded automatically. The consumer protection lawsuit was filed by district attorneys in Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside,… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2rfw2uk via IFTTT


Six social justice projects in San Diego County receive $800,000 in grant funds

Six San Diego County projects that focus on combating racial and economic injustice have been selected to receive grants of at least $100,000 to continue their work, according to a local philanthropy association. San Diego Grantmakers announced Monday that more than $821,000 in funding would be… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2rkF513 via IFTTT


Battle over changing California’s bail system wages on despite legislative setback

On those occasions when a judge in felony arraignment court sets a defendant’s bail at an especially high amount, at least a few gasps usually emanate from the spectator area. It really is a stunning concept: that someone would be required to pay millions to get out of jail while his or her criminal… from Latest – San Diego Union Tribune http://ift.tt/2soqUrK via IFTTT