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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Former LA Cop Captured in Mexico for Murder Charge

 Ponoma Police Department

Wanted on a federal warrant for the fatal shooting of Salome Rodriguez Jr. in March 2015, Mr. Henry Solis—a former LA cop—was arrested in or near El Paso, on the border of Chihuahua, Mexico this past Tuesday.

Mr. Solis, 27, reported to have been one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, is accused of having shot and killed Mr. Rodriguez, 23. At the time, Mr. Solis was a rookie officer with the Los Angeles Police Department.

Authorities believe Mr. Solis then drove south to Texas, eventually crossing into Mexico. Victor Solis, Henry’s father, is thought to have assisted Mr. Solis in escaping to Mexico, as a surveillance photo from March 14 shows Victor and Mr. Solis crossing the Mexican border on a pedestrian path. 

After purportedly telling law enforcement that he was unaware of his son’s whereabouts, the surveillance image featuring Victor and Mr. Solis together was published.

Victor has since been indicted by a grand jury for making false statements to the FBI and faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted. Mr. Henry Solis, now captured, will be returned to the United States where he faces murder charges.

Attorney Ronald G. Brower is a leading criminal defense attorney in Southern California. He handles a wide range of criminal matters, including homicide cases. If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower.
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Monday, May 25, 2015

La Habra Citizen Pardoned by Governor's Office

On April 4, 2015, Mr. Henry Earl Irvin (40) received the phone call for which he had waited over two decades—the Office of the Governor was on the line to inform Mr. Irvin that his pardon had been approved.

“A gubernatorial pardon is an honor that may be granted to people who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following their conviction.”

In 1994, Mr. Irvin plead guilty to dissuading a witness, a felony. Mr. Irvin ended up incarcerated for over two years because of issues related to the case.

Released in 1997, Mr. Irvin set out to start the long process of seeking a pardon for his crime. Despite sending letters to former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office nearly every day for a year, Mr. Irvin never heard any news about his request.

Mr. Irvin persisted on his own—without the assistance of a lawyer—in seeking a pardon. Mr. Irvin’s story is not just one about luck, but about overcoming hardship and not giving up on a dream.

Shortly before he was released in 1997, Mr. Irvin met a counselor who helped him enroll in college. Mr. Irvin went on to earn his bachelor’s degree, becoming the first in his family to do so.

Today, Mr. Irvin is working toward becoming a youth probation officer to helped at-risk youth, seeking to give back to a community similar to the one in which he grew up.

While a pardon does not seal one’s former case, it does put one back on the path of reintegration in society.

As illustrated by Mr. Irvin’s matter, criminal convictions have life-altering consequences. If you or someone you know is being charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Suspect Charged in Huntington Beach "Murder for Hire" Scheme

Huntington Beach Police arrested four men suspected of being members in a conspiracy to kill another person they knew for money this past week. Three of the four men were released and not charged.

On Tuesday, May 12, police arrested Huntington Beach resident John Taylor (67) and his two sons, Jordan (29) and Matthew (27) on charges of solicitation and conspiracy to commit murder. Travis Sprague, was arrested the next day in Long Beach in connection with the same matter.

By Thursday, however, John Taylor, Matthew Taylor, and Travis Sprague were all released without charges. Jordan Taylor was formally arraigned the same the day other men were released.

Mr. Taylor faces charges of solicitation of murder and attempted murder. Believing he could make the $1 million bail because of substantial family and business assets, the government requested and the court raised Mr. Taylor’s bail to $3 million.

It is reported that the police made the arrests after receiving information or a tip about the purported conspiracy from FBI. Jordan Taylor is alleged to have unknowingly met an undercover detective and negotiated a price for committing a murder of a woman known to Mr. Taylor.

The Taylor family is well known throughout the Huntington Beach surfing community and many fellow surfers expressed shock to learn of these allegations.

Criminal charges carry very serious consequences. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Former Port of LA Police Chief pleads Not Guilty to Charges


On Friday, May 8, the former Police Chief of the Port of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty to charges of wire fraud, tax evasion, and for making false statements to FBI investigators.

A federal grand jury indicted Ronald Jerome Boyd, 57, last month in Los Angeles on 16 different counts of criminal activity arising from an alleged bribery and kickback scheme related to the development of a smart phone app designed to promote public safety at the Port.

Authorities claim Mr. Boyd helped a software development firm obtain a contract with the port, which incidentally provided Mr. Boyd with undisclosed and impermissible financial benefits.

The indictment also asserts that Mr. Boyd provided the software firm with confidential information and then lied about his involvement or association in the alleged scheme to federal agents.

After tendering his plea of not guilty, Mr. Boyd was released from custody on $100,000 bond. Mr. Boyd has been on administrative leave from the Port since the indictment against him was unsealed on April 30.

If convicted of all 16 offenses for which he was indicted, Mr. Boyd could face multiple years in prison. White-collar crimes carry serious penalties, including potentially significant jail time.

The Law Office of Ronald G. Brower handles a wide-range of white-collar crimes. If you or someone you know is being investigated or charged with a white-collar crime, contact Attorney Ronald G. Brower to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Charges Filed Against Baltimore Police


On April 12, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African-American, was arrested in Baltimore for reportedly making eye contact with a police officer and then running away.

Without any probable cause for arrest, he was taken into custody and transported in a Baltimore Police van—handcuffed, feet shackled, unrestrained—for a ride to the station.

During the course of the ride, Mr. Gray’s spine was severed and when paramedics arrived Mr. Gray was in cardiac arrest, unable to breathe.

One week later, Mr. Gray was dead.

Decades worth of frustration, anger, and disillusionment sparked by deep tensions between local police and those they are supposed to serve erupted after Mr. Gray’s death into volcanic protests in the streets.

Longing for justice and demanding accountability, marchers and protesters made their point loud and clear — enough is enough.

On Friday, May 1, their call was answered: the state’s attorney for Baltimore City announced 28 charges against the 6 police officers involved in Mr. Gray’s arrest.

The charges include second-degree murder against the driver of the van, while other officers face charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault and illegal arrest.

While the filing of charges is only the first step on a long road to prosecution, the literal and symbolic power of the formal accusations inspired confidence in Baltimore’s and the Nation’s desire for equal justice.

Ronald G. Brower is a leading criminal defense attorney in Southern California. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Brower has handled an extensive range of criminal matters. If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower today.

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