Are Committing Crimes Cheaper by the Dozen?

If someone commits embezzlement many, many times against his or her employer, is that one crime or separate crimes?  When the District Attorney files a criminal case against the accountant, for example, for such conduct, is it one charge of grand theft or multiple counts?  Click on the attached article to read a case summary that answered this question –

How Can This Be? Pandering Conviction Upheld Even Though “Victim” is a Prostitute.

If a female is ready, willing and able to commit a crime, i.e. prostitution, can one be convicted of persuading or encouraging that female to commit that crime?  It seems like the answer should be no, because the persuading or encouraging has no effect.  She is not being changed into a criminal or induced to commit the crime.  She is already regularly committing the crime.  However, courts sometimes see things from a different angle.  Click on the attached link to read an article about pandering when the “victim” is already a prostitute –

Is it Proper for a Judge to Sentence a Juvenile to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole when no Homicide is Involved?

We all understand how the character of a child changes as the child learns about what is right and wrong, experiences prejudice, sees how hard work can benefit someone, learns self-discipline, etc.  At what point does this end?  At what point can a judge find that the juvenile is without hope of rehabilitation or such a danger to the public that the juvenile must be warehoused in a prison for life?  Click on the attached article to read a case summary that addresses this issue –

When Someone is Stopped by Police, is it Unconstitutional to Search a Car Without a Warrant?

Under the Fourth Amendment, a person is protected against all unreasonable searches and seizures.  A search without a warrant is presumed unreasonable and consequently, unconstitutional.  However, there are many exceptions to this general rule.  Click on the following article to read an article about a warrantless search of a car without the owner’s consent –

Is Being Unconscious While DUI a Defense to a Second Degree Murder Charge?

It seems fundamentally wrong to allow someone to escape criminal liability when that person drinks so much that he or she is rendered unconscious and becomes so while driving.  After all, arguably, if a person is unconscious, he or she does not have any volitional control over what is happening.  Does the same unconscious defense insulate second degree murder related to DUI?  Click on the attached link to read an article about a case that tackled these questions –

Ecstasy Ruling Sure to Cause Misery

Earlier on this blog, we presented an article about a conviction for possession of Ecstasy as a controlled substance being dismissed.  The issue then was whether MDMA in Ecstasy meant Ecstasy was methamphetamine.  In People v. Richie Quang, the court decided the answer was no.  Now there is a new case, People v. Davis, that takes the opposite approach, however, we believe it will be reversed on further appeal.  Click on the attached link to read about this –