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What’s a Hate Crime in California?

If you’re wondering about that in light of recent events, here’s an overview. California defines a hate crime as any crime that you commit, in whole or in part, because of a victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or association with those who bear these characteristics. The phrase “in whole or in part” Read More

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Criminal Threats in California

Speaking of criminal threats, make no mistake about it: running your mouth can get you arrested for, charged with, and convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, even if you thought you were just ranting or blowing off steam. See Pen. Code § 422. And if it’s a felony, it’s punishable by up to three years in state prison. So what does it take to Read More

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Social Media is not Words with Friends

Speaking of the U.S. Supreme Court, the high court delivered another interesting opinion on Monday, this time in a case that confronted tough questions about the line that separates free speech from criminal threats. The defendant was a 27-year-old man whose wife left him in May 2010, taking their two young children with her. The couple had been married for Read More

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