Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

I recently attended a continuing legal education seminar on issues of Law and Politics from the perspective of historical political philosophers which reminded me that Crime and Punishment was not just some old book.  Some of the thinkers we discussed were Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Francis Bacon, Emerson and Plato.  The ideas of other great writers and thinkers such as John Locke, Thomas Jefferson, and even Russian greats such as Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, were interwoven in the … Read More

Unlawful Detainer

Unlawful Detainer

There are many circumstances when a home owner needs to remove an individual living in their property by filing an Unlawful Detainer action because there is no lease.  Here’s how it works.  If there is an oral or written agreement which spells out a rental amount to be paid or work to be exchanged for living arrangements, then a lease has been created and this counts as a residential tenancy. It means that you … Read More

Public Defenders v. Private Attorneys

I recently listened to a podcast by an experienced criminal attorney, who happens to be a public defender, named Elena Saris, talking about the differences between public defenders and private attorneys.  While her blog focused on statistics of the outcome of cases by each type of attorney and the inherent bias in the criminal justice system against poor people, she made a very good point about the perception of public defenders which is generally … Read More