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Law Office of Joshua Kaizuka
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Troubling stories about individuals arrested for suspected drug DUIs by an officers who allegedly have specialized training in recognizing drug impairment. Cops are not medical professionals and unless it is really obvious (even then it depends on medical conditions of the individual) it is nothing more than a hunch!

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Is entering a "not guilty" plea a big deal at the start of a criminal case? Not really. It if fairly routine at arraignment or the start of a criminal case. A perfect example right now is the alleged NSA leaker. While the news media implies or reports a "not guilty" plea, it happens in most of the time. It is the start of the criminal case process so that the defense attorney can get the discovery or law enforcement reports to review it to see what the alleged evidence is. In some cases the evidence may be weak or there may be a defense that can be developed with investigation. Sometimes it can be an uphill battle, but there are plenty of cases where there are dismissals before trial, perhaps a resolution on lesser charges, or going to trial to get a "not guilty" of the charges. Even in civil cases, defendants in most cases don't just cave right away especially if they have the resources to paper plaintiffs with discovery, depositions, and numerous motions. The bottom line is when someone is accused of a crime or civil damages, it is routine to dispute the allegation on the front end to investigate defenses so not really a big deal!

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So Sacramento Police Department will be fully implementing body cameras. It records 30 seconds back in time once activated by the officer. Most patrol car video systems goes back in time a minute when the overhead lights are triggered or activated manually. The loss of 30 seconds in some cases can make a difference, sometimes just a few seconds can be critical. This is a great step forward. We will have to see how things all shake out when an individual is accused of a crime and video becomes crucial for a lawyer to review in defending his or her client in Sacramento.

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Come and listen to Dale Minami. He is a lawyer and activist of national stature. He headed the legal team that reversed the wartime convictions of Fred Korematsu, Min Yasui, and Gordon Hirabayashi. He co-founded the Asian Law Caucus, and the nation’s first Asian American bar association. He waged a multi-year, multiforum tenure battle that secured the place of Asian American Studies in a major university’s curriculum. He was a founding member of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento. The event is on May 25, 2017 5:30-7:30pm.

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Perhaps the City of Sacramento is finally on track to quickly make things transparent when it comes to abuse of residents and potential criminal defendants. Since when does jay walking become a crime worth a beating? While the citizen video started the process, at least for this incident, the City of Sacramento is trying to be transparent and releasing video as it stated it would do. Both the civilian video as well as the police video shows the disturbing fact that a cop should not be a cop and perhaps something wrong with the system that cannot ferret out those who shouldn't be a cop.

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Cop demoted for lying to individual about right to record and refuse a search. Hope this isn't happening in California!

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Utah is considering DUI alcohol at .05 BAC which can be one really stiff drink or a couple beers or glasses of wine. Does .05 BAC equate to impaired driving?

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Stop stalking immigrants at the courthouse and in courtrooms! Chief Justice Tani Cantile-Sakauye says that "the vast majority of whom pose no risk to public safety, are neither safe nor fair. They not only compromise our core value of fairness but they undermine the judiciary’s ability to provide equal access to justice." In essence, they haven't been convicted of anything, they have a presumption of innocence and stalking them will scare away not only defendants, but also victims who are afraid to show up in court. Not a good thing!

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Children who are refugees should not be held in jail! Kudos to the UC Davis Immigration Clinic and Yolo County for stepping up to get a 14 year old out of incarceration! Shame on the Feds for imprisoning a 14 year old in a concrete cage!

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I don't have a dog in this case, but the media has to get things factually correct. "Prison" is not the same thing as "jail" and while in the article, it references "jail" the headline states "prison." Not sure why this keeps happening, but the bottom line is that "jail" is a county facility where individuals who are unable to post bail are held pending resolution of their case or have been convicted on something and serving their sentence. "Prison" is for someone convicted of something kind of serious who goes to the "Big House."
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