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Monday, February 23, 2015

Wozniak Murder Trial Postponed

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The trial of Daniel Patrick Wozniak in Orange County Superior Court has been delayed once more.

Prosecutors allege that Wozniak killed two Orange Coast College students, Samuel Herr and Juri Kibuishi, in 2010.Though approximately five years have passed since the alleged incident, Wozniak has still not been tried.

Recent delays have been due to the defense’s argument that the judges chosen to preside over the case are biased against the defense, which would deprive Mr. Wozniak of a fair trial.

Superior Court Judge James Stotler recused himself from the case in January, admitting that he had concerns about his potential bias against Wozniak’s lawyer, public defender Scott Sanders.

At this time, the controversy circles around whether current Superior Court Judge John Conley is biased. Judge Conley worked as a homicide prosecutor in the district attorney’s office for nearly thirty years. Many judges are former prosecutors.

The matter is further complicated by the fact that Attorney Sanders wants to call Judge Conley as a witness concerning the district attorney’s office’s use of informants, which Sanders alleges may be improper.

Another judge from Los Angeles County may be called to decide whether Judge Conley is permitted to stay on the case or will have to recuse himself. That decision could take another month or two. 

Ronald Brower is a leading criminal defense attorney in Orange County and Southern California. With over 30 years of experience in criminal defense, Attorney Brower applies an aggressive and expert defense of individuals, resulting in a high success rate. If you or a loved one is under investigation or has been charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald Brower today.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

Proposition 47 Changes California Criminal Laws

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On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47. The law changes the classification of certain nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and minor thefts from a felony to a misdemeanor. 

Some individuals who were incarcerated because of convictions in crimes changed under Proposition 47 have been released from jail. Proposition 47 was designed to ease overcrowding in California prisons and reduce the financial burdens of incarceration.

The goal is to use the savings to increase funding for mental health and drug treatment programs, dropout prevention, and other rehabilitative services to keep people out of jail.

Law enforcement officials criticize Proposition 47 for leading to a recent increase in property crime by keeping more potential offenders on the street to commit such crimes.

Criminal justice experts, however, say it’s too early to attribute increased property crimes to Proposition 47. They say whether the law achieves its intended purpose depends on whether money is actually saved and reallocated to rehabilitative programs.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald Brower to learn how changes in the law under Proposition 47 may have impacted your case. Attorney Brower may help you determine what relief you may be eligible for under the new law.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

"Suge" Knight Faces Murder Charge and Third Strike

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Former hip hop mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has been charged with murder, attempted murder, and two counts of felony hit-and-run in connection with an altercation in a restaurant parking lot on January 28, 2015.

Mr. Knight plead not guilty to all charges at his arraignment in Los Angeles Superior Court in Compton on Tuesday, February 3.

Prosecutors contend that Mr. Knight ran over two men with his pickup truck in a Compton burger shop parking lot during a dispute and fled the scene. Mr. Knight’s lawyers argue that the men were accidentally struck after Mr. Knight was ambushed and trying to drive away.

Mr. Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records, is being held without bail.

At the time of burger shop incident, Mr. Knight was out on bail while facing felony charges related to an alleged robbery last fall. Mr. Knight is reported to already have two strikes in his criminal history for violent crimes. If convicted of the charges in the current case, “Suge” faces life in prison.

Brower & Associates are experts in homicide defense in the Los Angeles area and “three strikes” cases. Attorney Ronald G. Brower will take aggressive and comprehensive steps to defend you or someone you know affected by these laws. Call today to consult with Brower & Associates.

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Orange County Murder Suspect Goes Missing

While facing a murder charge for allegedly killing his wife in October 2012, Orange County businessman Peter Gregory Chadwick has disappeared. After missing his court dates, an Orange County Superior Court judge increased Mr. Chadwick’s arrest warrant last week to $5 million dollars.

At this time, law enforcement authorities continue to search for Mr. Chadwick. Mr. Chadwick’s attorney, Robert Sanger, says he has not talked with his client since before a January 28, 2015 hearing.

Mr. Chadwick has been free while awaiting trial after posting $1 million dollars bail in December 2012.

Prosecutors suspect that Mr. Chadwick is either on the run or has committed suicide.

If found, Mr. Chadwick would have to pay $5 million dollars for missing his court dates and to avoid arrest. The court indicated it would consider increasing the warrant to $10 million dollars, if necessary.

The next court date is scheduled for March 2015.

Mr. Chadwick is alleged to have murdered his wife, Quee Chadwick, in their Newport Coast home in October 2012. Investigators later discovered Ms. Chadwick’s body in a trash bin in San Diego County.

Mr. Chadwick plead not guilty and contended that someone else killed Ms. Chadwick and then forced him to drive and dispose of her body.


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