Category: Criminal

Gang Snitches Proliferate

The government’s MS-13 gang prosecution in San Francisco is full of rats and they keep popping up as the trial progresses.  That’s only because the prosecutors say some defendants keep making threats against snitches and new snitches step up to…

Gang Trial Tapes Battle

 Prosecutors and defense lawyers in the MS13 gang trial are locked in a battle over use of audio recordings made by a confidential informant known only as 1211.  The government decided it would skip calling the informant to testify after…

Crack Sentence Disparity Remains

If only Lyndon Baptist had been sentenced after Aug. 3, 2010 instead of before. Yesterday U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told the federal sentencing commission t last year’s law, which reduced sentences for crack cocaine, should apply to those already…

Post-Execution Debate Continues

Arizona executed Donald Edward Beaty May 26 but that doesn’t mean the legal wrangling has stopped.  Beaty challenged Arizona’s last minute switch in the drug cocktail used for lethal injection but the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to…

Illegal Toad Venom Pills

A 79-year-old San Franciscan was charged with selling Chinese cold remedies that contained toxic substances, including arsenic, bufotenine and toad venom, according to the U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag. The pills, “Six God Tablets” or “Six Spirit Pills,” were sold as…

Supreme Court: Cut Prison Overcrowding

California must release roughly 40,000 inmates over the next two years to ease the severe overcrowding of the state’s prisons, the U.S. Supreme Court wrote Monday.  In the most significant prison rights case by the high court in years, the…