The “No Consequences for Crime” Bill

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

It is hard to believe, but it is the truth; should Governor Brown sign into law SB 1437, criminals in California can no longer be punished for the natural and probable consequences of violent crimes they knowingly aided and encouraged. SB 1437 was ostensibly introduced by Senator Skinner to abolish the application of accomplice felony murder rule […]

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Don’t Let Misleading Arguments Influence Bail Reform

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

On Feb. 5, San Francisco’s public defender, Jeffrey Adachi, wrote an op-ed for the L.A. Times criticizing judges’ and prosecutors’ bail use in California. His main piece of evidence was the case of People v. Humphrey. Mr. Adachi summarized the Humphrey case facts as follows: Humphrey, a senior citizen, stole $5 and a bottle of […]

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It’s Time to Deal with Recidivism

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

California needs a comprehensive approach to lowering incarceration rates – a plan that will not only lower incarceration levels, but preserve the historically low crime rates we currently enjoy. Sacramento’s current approach to this problem is mass early-release for felons – potentially at the expensive of public safety. A more ambitious and effective strategy – […]

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Note the Missing Word……Victims

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

As crime rates rise and victims continue to be marginalized by some state legislators, the Los Angeles Times again provided a “criminal justice reform” advocate with a platform to expound on how the system is too harsh.  This time it was Fordham law professor John Pfaff, who blamed budgetary incentives and the dark forces of prosecutors as reasons why […]

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A Rush to Judgment Poses a Public Safety Threat

Eric Siddall
Vice President of the Association of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorneys

If you need any further proof that state legislators do not value public safety, considerSenate Bill 10 (SB 10)  and Assembly Bill 41 (AB 41) which will change our current bail system. Make no mistake, there is a problem with our current bail system. There is no question that it is unfair to the poor. Nor does it […]

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