Entries by Michele Hanisee

A Small Victory for Justice

By Michele Hanisee   A judge has dismissed one of the lawsuits aimed at thwarting the will of voters who last fall passed Prop. 66, the sweeping death penalty reform initiative. The lawsuit filed by the ACLU of Northern California aimed to delay the resumption of executions by challenging the state’s process for establishing execution […]

Legislation Seeks to Reduce  Penalties for Using Guns in a Crime

Los Angeles, May 22, 2017– As Sacramento cracks down on legal gun ownership, it simultaneously is lessening the penalties on gun violence. In an astounding reversal, the legislature now wants to eliminate language that prohibits judges from eliminating the penalties when someone uses a gun during mayhem, rape, murder, robbery, carjacking and other extremely violent felonies. Senator […]

We Told You So

By Michele Hanisee The truths we told about which inmates Prop. 57 would allow to be released years early is now slowly but surely being substantiated.  The latest and unlikely source: the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), sex offenders and their advocates. Gov. Jerry Brown and the supporters of his inmate-freeing ballot initiative […]

Cop Killer to be Released

By Michele Hanisee Despite objections from countless law enforcement organizations, Voltaire Williams who is serving a life sentence for his critical role in the 1985 assassination of LAPD Detective Thomas Williams (no relation) was granted parole on May 2nd, by a three-person panel from the Board of Parole Hearings. Voltaire Williams, who has spent the last 32 years in prison […]

Statute of Limitations Must Govern State Bar Actions

By Michele Hanisee Last week’s decision by the California State Bar to file disciplinary charges against former Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich based on conduct that occurred 31 years ago, should cause unease to every attorney in the state. This action of the State Bar, which acts as the administrative arm of the California […]

The LA County “Most Wanted List” and AB 109

By Michele Hanisee   Controversy swirls around AB 109, with the recent murder of Whittier Officer Keith Boyer by a parolee whose multiple parole violations resulted in nothing more than 10-day “flash incarcerations” being the most recent and tragic example of AB 109’s failures.  No definitive study has been done on the fallout from AB […]