Attorney David Chesley's Criminal Defense Blog

Eric Garner and Excessive Force

Posted on Jan. 20, 2015 by dchesley

Eric Garner and his wife.

By now most people are familiar with the story of Eric Garner’s death. An unarmed black man dies after an encounter with the police where an officer (Daniel Pantaleo) puts Garner on a chokehold. The Garner story has brought up a lot of tension between the police department responsible for Garner’s death and the community….Continue reading

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Michael Brown Shooting, What We Know.

Posted on Jan. 15, 2015 by dchesley

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Michael Brown, 18 years old, was shot on August 9, 2014 by Darren Wilson, 28, who was a Ferguson police offices at the time of the shooting. Shortly before the shooting took place, Brown robbed a convenience that was close by, where he took a $48.99 box of cigarillos. Wilson, who was on duty at…Continue reading

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Police Enforcement Demolishes Home to Serve DUI Warrant.

Posted on Jan. 8, 2015 by dchesley

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Innocent people often get injured and sometimes killed when police serve warrants, even for minor offenses. Police may even destroy your home or property and will not stop until they finish the job. This story is evidence of what can happen when police serve a warrant, even when it’s for a non violent crime. Although this took…Continue reading

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Former Deputy Sheriff James Sexton Convicted of Conspiracy and Obstruction of Justice

Posted on Sep. 17, 2014 by dchesley

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A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy, James Sexton was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice yesterday, August, 16th. Sexton, 29 was found guilty during a federal retrial. In Sexton’s first trial the jury could not agree, with their votes tied 6-6, the prosecutors decided to retry Sexton. In a separate trial, Sexton’s six co-defendants…Continue reading

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Homeless Man in Prison for Vehicle Theft and Animal Cruelty

Posted on Sep. 3, 2014 by dchesley

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Danny Fis, a 30 year old homeless man has been sentenced to sixteen months in prison for stealing a van with a dog inside of it and ultimately causing the dog’s death. Fis plead “no contest” to both the vehicle theft and animal cruelty charges, according to a statement from the L.A. County District Attorney….Continue reading

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Forme L.A. Sheriff’s Deputy Arrested Under Suspicion of Child Pornography Distribution

Posted on Aug. 21, 2014 by dchesley

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Lorne Reed, 32, an ex Los Angeles county sheriff’s deputy was arrested on Wednesday under the suspicion of distributing child pornography. Police came to his home in Santa Fe Springs, where Reed was arrested without any incident. Law enforcement from multiple agencies arrived at his home in the morning with a search warrant, Reed at…Continue reading

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11 Arrested at Jay Z/Beyonce Concert

Posted on Aug. 4, 2014 by dchesley

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On Saturday, 11 people were arrested at a concert that took place at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 55 Thousand Fans came to see Jay and Beyonce perform. Out of those 55 thousand, 8 were arrested for public drunkenness, 2 people for ticket scalping and 1 man who was accused of biting another man’s finger…Continue reading

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LAPD Using New Computer Techniques to Predict Crimes

Posted on Jun. 30, 2014 by dchesley

The LAPD says they are now using a new tool to help them lower the crime rate. What the LAPD is calling “predictive policing” is a technique were the police use a computer that takes data from all types of crime in a specific area. Computer algorithms take this data and maps out 500 square…Continue reading

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Elliot Rodger’s Attacks UCSB Students: Six Dead, Thirteen Injured

Posted on May. 30, 2014 by dchesley

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With all the tragedy around the world, it is sad when tragedy strikes so close to home. With the murder of 6 UCSB students, locals are mourning and asking themselves how this happened. It was last Friday when Elliot Rodgers, a former student a UCSB went on a killing rampage.  Rodger’s therapist contacted his mother…Continue reading

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Woman Injured, Dog Killed in Sacramento Shooting

Posted on May. 28, 2014 by dchesley

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Yesterday Evening on Olmstead Drive, Sacramento one person was injured and a dog was killed during a drive by shooting. The Police Department was called at 6:55 in the afternoon about a reported shooting. The injured person was a woman, who sustained a shot in the leg and was immediately transported to UC Davis Medical…Continue reading

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Universal CityWalk: One Dead and Three Injured During Officer Involve Shooting

Posted on May. 13, 2014 by dchesley

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Yesterday Morning, James White Jr. was killed during an officer-involved shooting. White was shot when police officers opened fire in Universal City Walk after hearing gunfire and seeing an individual with a gun. The shooting took place near the Infusion lounge. The L.A. County Fire Department pronounced the suspected gunman dead at the scene of…Continue reading

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Mourning of LAPD Officer Killed in Collision Continues

Posted on May. 5, 2014 by dchesley

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LAPD Officer Roberto Sanchez, was killed early in the morning of Saturday May, 3rd. According to the LAPD, Officer Sanchez was involved in a Hit & Run accident at 3:45 am, when an SUV “T-boned” his patrol car, killing Officer Sanchez and injuring his partner, who remains hospitalized. It all happened when Officer Sanchez and…Continue reading

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LAPD Squad Card Tampered With by Field Officers

Posted on Apr. 16, 2014 by dchesley

Although the LAPD is currently in the middle of a pilot program testing new on the field recording equipment, it turns out the older recording equipment is being sabotaged. Officers tampering with the video cameras in their squad cars is becoming more common as the department continues to expand their use of recording equipment. It…Continue reading

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California DNA Collection Law For Felony Arrests Upheld

Posted on Mar. 27, 2014 by dchesley

Much to the dismay of various civil liberties advocates who have challenged the law, a five year old California law that permits the collection of DNA sample during a felony arrest is being upheld. The samples may be collected without a judge’s review over the matter and even if criminal charges are not pressed or…Continue reading

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Victory in the Courts for Gun Rights Advocates in California

Posted on Feb. 25, 2014 by dchesley

On Thursday, the 20th, A federal appeals court overturned some restrictions that will allow gun owners to carry a concealed weapon. The majority of votes said that the restrictions imposed on gun owners are in violation of the 2nd amendments right to bear arms. This decision is being celebrated by gun rights advocates all over,…Continue reading

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Eighteen Sheriff’s Deputies Charged With Engaging In Corruption and Civil Right Abuses.

Posted on Dec. 10, 2013 by dchesley

Eighteen current and former Los Angeles County deputies are currently facing charges for engaging in corruption and civil right abuses. The charges include beating inmates and visitors, as well as falsifying reports and trying to block an FBI investigation. The charges were announced yesterday after 16 of the 18 deputies were arrested. The two deputies…Continue reading

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Reward Offered for Information on the Hit and Run that Killed a Probation Officer

Posted on Nov. 25, 2013 by dchesley

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On Wednesday, a 50 thousand dollar reward was offered for any information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the person who committed the fatal hit and run that killed Kenneth Hamilton, an employee with the Los Angeles County Probation Department. On October 28, Kenneth Hamilton was struck and killed, while riding his…Continue reading

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Child Shot Multiples Times During Gang Related Shooting

Posted on Nov. 19, 2013 by dchesley

Last night an adult in his 20s and a 5 year old child were shot in Orange Avenue, Long Beach. The child, a 5 year old playing in his yard is believed to be an innocent bystander in a gang-related shooting targeted at the adult. The shooting took place just before 7:00 p.m. When police…Continue reading

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State Assemblyman Mike Gatto’s Father Shot During Home Invasion

Posted on Nov. 14, 2013 by dchesley

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The Father of California State Assemblyman Mike Gatto, Joseph Gatto was found dead at his residence in Silver Lake Wednesday night. A member of the Gatto family arrived at their home to find 78 year old Joseph’s body over a desk. Firefighters arrived just past 8 pm to conduct a death investigation, the investigation determined…Continue reading

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Former Texas Prosecutor, Ken Anderson Convicted of Criminal Contempt

Posted on Nov. 10, 2013 by dchesley

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  Former Prosecutor Anderson A former Texas district attorney plead guilty to intentionally failing to disclose evidence. Ken Anderson, former district attorney for Williamson County will be serving 10 days in jail and is giving up his license to practice law. Anderson withheld information that led to the conviction of an innocent man, Michael Morton,…Continue reading

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Sam’s Club Shoppers Accidentally Discharge a Gun Outside the Store

Posted on Oct. 23, 2013 by dchesley

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Glendora Sam’s club A southern California man, Robert Duncan and his wife, Helen Marie Duncan were arrested after a gun Helen was carrying inside a fanny pack accidentally went off outside of Sam’s club in Glendora. The incident took place outside the Sam’s club located at 1300 block of South Lone Hill Avenue just before…Continue reading

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California Punishes Sex Offenders Who Tamper With Their GPS Devices

Posted on Oct. 17, 2013 by dchesley

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California Governor Jerry Brown On Saturday Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation requiring sex offenders who disarm or disable their GPS trackers while on parole to return to jail. A recent investigation showed that because of jail crowding many sex offenders who were detained for tampering with their GPS devices were released immediately after they were…Continue reading

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“Make it Quick Bandit” Suspected of 12 South Bay Bank Robberies

Posted on Oct. 10, 2013 by dchesley

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On September 20th the criminal dubbed the “Make it quick bandit” made his 12th bank robbery in the South Bay area. According to local authorities this is the fourth time he has robbed the same U.S. Bank branch. This is the bandit’s 12th bank robbery since the beginning of 2009 announced Gardena Police. The U.S….Continue reading

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San Diego Man Arrested for Marijuana Possesion and Child Endangerment

Posted on Oct. 2, 2013 by dchesley

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A 23 year old man from San Diego, Christopher Palmer is currently being held in custody after police officers found dozens of cannabis plant along with 13 puppies, 3 adult dogs and a 3 month old baby at his home. Firefighter’s arrived at Palmer’s home in the City Heights after a garage fire was reported…Continue reading

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Undocumented Immigrants in California Will be Eligible to Receive a Driver’s License

Posted on Sep. 17, 2013 by dchesley

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Luis Alejo (left) being congratulated by fellow lawmakers on AB60 Joining nine other states and the District of Columbia, California is giving driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. An issues that has come up many times in recent years, California was among the first states to give driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants consideration. Senator Gil Cedillo…Continue reading

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