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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Former Actor Sentenced To 6-Years Imprisonment

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Cameron Thor, a former actor and acting coach convicted of lewd misconduct with a minor last August, was sentenced to six years imprisonment this past week for that offense.

Thor was convicted of having engaged in sexual activity in 2009 with a former female student who was only 13-years-old at the time. Thor’s defense attorneys claimed that nothing sexual occurred between him and the female. In her statement to the court, however, the victim claimed that Thor raped her in the backseat of his car.

Thor’s acting career included appearances in Jurassic Park, A Few Good Men, and the television shows “Cheers” and “Star Trek.” In addition to acting, Thor reportedly coached Cameron Diaz, Helen Hunt, and Courtney Cox, among others.

When arrested in 2014 for the offense, Thor was originally charged with more than 12 crimes, including rape and kidnapping. All of the charges except for lewd conduct with a minor were dismissed.

As a result of his conviction, the judge ordered that Thor serve his 6-year sentence without the possibility of parole. Moreover, Thor was sentenced to register as a sex offender.

Criminal charges can lead to serious consequences, including imprisonment, fines, the stigma of a criminal record, and—in some cases—sex offender registration. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, it is important to hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or at 714-997-4400 to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Attorney Brower has represented people charged with a range of crimes during his thirty-plus years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer.
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Panel to Study Employment Opportunities for People with Criminal Records

One of the key contributors to criminal recidivism—the likelihood of a person to commit a crime upon their release from jail or prison—is the lack of employment opportunities upon his or her release.

Getting a job with a criminal record is a very daunting prospect. The City of Los Angeles, however, is considering the possibility of implementing a policy that could help change this fact.

Yesterday, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a new Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity that is designed to encourage and promote new policies to help those with a criminal record get a job. The panel consists of community activists and leaders from the business community.

While gainful employment is one of the proven means to reduce the likelihood of criminal recidivism, getting a job is far easier said than done for most with a criminal record. In addition to the efforts of the mayor’s committee, the Los Angeles City Council is considering passing a new law that would prohibit employers from asking potential employees on job applications whether they have ever been convicted on a crime.

This type of “Ban the Box” legislation has gained momentum and even passed in other states around the country. Allowing people who have served their punishment and often taken vocational training classes in prison to gain employment is a proven means to make a safer community. It remains to be seen whether Los Angeles will join those jurisdictions from around the country that have realized this fact.

Ronald G. Brower is a criminal defense attorney in Southern California. With over three decades of experience, Attorney Brower has represented individuals in state and federal court and charged with a range of crimes.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or at 714-997-4400.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Young Woman Charged in Fatal North Hills Crash

Saidy Samayoa, a 20-year-old from Panorama City, was charged today with murder and 12 other counts arising out of a fatal crash in North Hills this past Sunday.

Samayoa was charged with murder for the death of a 37-year-old man and other felony charges for the injury to the man’s three children and his wife, among others. The other charges include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, and other motor vehicle offenses causing injury or reckless driving.

Prosecutors allege that Samayoa, at the time of this incident, was driving away from a separate hit-and-run that had just occurred.

Samayoa is further alleged to have been driving under the influence of a drug at the time of the accident, though it is presently unknown what, if any, drug the defendant had consumed.

The accident is believed to be the result of Samayoa’s failure to stop at a red light while traveling at a high rate of speed. At that time, Samayoa is alleged to have crashed into a Toyota minivan, causing multiple passengers to be ejected from the van. Samayoa herself suffered serious injuries, as well as her two passengers, and was immediately hospitalized.

Due to her physical condition, Samayoa has been unable to appear in court. Her arraignment has not yet been scheduled at this time. If Samayoa is convicted she could face up to life in prison.

Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Southern California. Based out of Orange County, Attorney Brower has represented individuals charged with a range of crimes, including homicide offenses.

If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime, contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or at 714-997-4400.

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Former Sheriff's Official Convicted


A federal jury in Los Angeles found Paul Tanaka, formerly the second-highest ranking official in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, guilty of two serious charges last Wednesday.

Tanaka, who chose to take his case to trial as part of a jail abuse and corruption scandal, was convicted of conspiracy and obstruction. His sentencing is scheduled for June 20 in the Los Angeles Federal District Court; Tanaka faces up to 15 years in prison.

Nine other former Sheriff’s Department officials have been convicted in a corruption scheme that sought to disrupt or thwart a federal civil rights investigation into county jails.

Prosecutors contended that the officials interfered with or intimidated witnesses in efforts to prevent them from cooperating with FBI agents. During his trial, Tanaka claimed he did not remember much about the events. Instead, the defense focused on other powerful players as the more culpable parties, seeking to minimize Tanaka’s involvement in the scandal. The jury was unconvinced.

Tanaka’s attorneys said they continue to believe Tanaka is innocent and that they plan to appeal the conviction.

Attorney Ronald G. Brower is an experienced criminal defense attorney in Southern California who represents people charged with crimes in state and federal court. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a crime, it is important to speak with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

Contact the Law Office of Ronald G. Brower online or by telephone at 714-997-4400.

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