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Carson, California Moves to Make Bullying Children and Young Adults a Crime

By Al Amer on May 14, 2014 - Comments off

The city council in Carson, California recently voted to move forward with a citywide anti-bullying ordinance.  The ordinance, if passed, would make it a misdemeanor crime to bully or harass anyone from kindergarten through the age of 25 years in a way that might cause physical and mental harm to the person being bullied.

The goal of the bill is to make Carson a “bully-free city,” according to Mayor Jim Dear, who is also a public school teacher.  The bill would protect those under age 26 not only while they are in school, but also in other places within the city, like parks, sidewalks, and shops.

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California Supreme Court Rules in Two Juvenile Justice Cases

By Al Amer on April 16, 2014 - Comments off

LA Juvenile JusticeThe California Supreme Court recently handed down its decisions in two juvenile justice cases that the experienced California criminal defense attorneys at The Amer Law Firm have watched closely.

On April 3, the state’s highest court held that a juvenile who wishes to take a “no contest” plea must have the consent of his or her defense lawyer in order to do so.  The case focused on a 13-year-old defendant who was facing charges of felony assault and misdemeanor vandalism in juvenile hall.  The young defendant had wanted to take a “no contest” plea offered by the prosecuting attorney, but his defense attorney refused to consent to the deal.

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