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California man sentenced on narcotics and gun charges

A 39-year-old man who was convicted on drug trafficking and weapons possession charges following a three-day trial has been sentenced to 100 months in a federal prison. The sentence was handed down on April 19 by a U.S. District Court judge in San Francisco. The judge also ordered four years of supervised release for the man once he has completed his custodial sentence. He has remained in custody since his February 2016 arrest and will begin serving his sentence immediately according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California.

Studies looks at dating violence, homicide among teens

Some teenage girls in California may be at some risk of intimate partner violence. A study that appeared in JAMA Pediatrics in April looked at the more than 2,000 teens killed from 2003 to 2016. In that time, intimate partners killed 150 of them. The perpetrator was 18 or older in almost 80 percent of the cases, and girls were the ones killed in 90 percent of cases, with an average age of 17.

Many wrongful convictions arise from police misconduct

California has a large prison population, and a number of those inmates are likely victims of wrongful convictions. The National Registry of Exonerations has been tracking people released for wrongful convictions since 1989. In 2018, the registry recorded the exoneration and release of 151 people nationwide. They had collectively served 1,639 years for crimes that they did not commit.

The importance of bail in criminal matters

Those who are charged with a crime in California or any other state are presumed innocent until proven guilty. However, this doesn't mean that an individual will avoid going to jail prior to the resolution of his or her case. In some cases, this is because a defendant is not allowed to post bail. In others, it is because a defendant does not have the financial resources to post bail after it is set.

California lawmakers consider bill aimed at package thieves

In March, California lawmakers began considering a bill that would beef up penalties for thieves who steal packages from porches and doorsteps. The bill would expand the state's penal code to specifically forbid burglaries from porches, doorsteps and other areas outside the home known as "curtilages."

Police action in California sparks local anger

The tactics employed by police officers and federal agents during a recent series of drug and gun raids in California have been harshly criticized by some members of the communities involved. One Tracy resident told reporters that his home had been ransacked and his 9-year-old son left shaken after a SWAT team surrounded his home with weapons drawn on March 26. Reports indicate that police had arrived at the residence to execute the arrest warrant of a 26-year-old man alleged to be involved in drug and illegal weapons sales.

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