Category: Criminal

105-Year Sentence Reversed Over Jury Instruction


A 105-year-to-life sentence cannot stand because standard jury instructions asked jurors to determine whether, based on his prior sex offense conviction, the defendant had a propensity to commit future sex offenses, a California appellate court has ruled. The Fresno-based Fifth District…

Gold Dredging Ban Upheld


Gold miners in California cannot escape the state’s moratorium on suction dredge mining riverbeds for gold simply because the mining is done on federal land, the state Supreme Court rules Monday. The historic quest for gold in California no longer…