After spending 26 long years on California’s death row, Vicente Benavides has been freed. Benavides was on death row for allegedly raping and killing a 21-month-old child back in 1993. Despite his sentence, Benavides maintained that he was innocent of any wrongdoing and pursued all avenues for appeal. In March, the Supreme Court of California […] Read more

The death penalty is the most serious punishment that can be imposed in a criminal case. Since there is no way to undo or reverse an execution, it is important for the state to be certain that (1) the defendant accused of a crime is guilty and (2) execution is the most appropriate penalty under […] Read more

Another California Death Row Inmate Found Dead at San Quentin Earlier this month an inmate on death row was found dead at the San Quentin State Prison. Emilio Avalos was facing the death penalty for two Desert Hot Springs murders. He had been on death row since his conviction in 2013 and was in the […] Read more

Criminal Court

The following is a brief overview of the death penalty appeals process in California. Trial Once a grand jury has indicted you for a capital offense you will be tried in a California State Court. This trial will consist of two phases: guilt and sentencing. The guilt phase is where your capital case is tried […] Read more

Home Depot Truck Used in NYC Attack

On Tuesday,  Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov killed eight people and injured several more when he drove a pickup truck onto a bike lane in lower Manhattan. The act is being described as the city’s first terror attack since 9/11. It is probably not surprising that the current Commander-in-Chief has since taken to Twitter to express his […] Read more