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East Bay murder defendant out on bail as DA’s office drags case
San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2017

One of the three men charged in the ruthless slaying of William Sims walked out of the Martinez Detention Facility last week.

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Remarkable turn of events in El Sobrante murder case
San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2017

A Contra Costa County grand jury dropped hate-crime allegations against murder defendant

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Oakland man acquitted of murder in Richmond cousin killing
Contra Costa Times – December 3, 2013

MARTINEZ — A Contra Costa County jury has found an Oakland man who fatally shot his cousin in Richmond last year not guilty of murder.

The jury deliberated for fewer than two hours on Monday before acquitting 32-year-old Jafari Sargent of all charges in the Sept. 12, 2012, slaying of 27-year-old Richmond resident Isaiah Thomas Jr. at a third cousin’s house.

Sargent, who has no criminal record….

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Charges against UC Berkeley professor involved in Occupy Cal dropped
The Daily Californian – May 4, 2012

The criminal charges against UC Berkeley associate professor of English Celeste Langan were dismissed at a hearing Friday morning almost six months after her initial arrest at the Nov. 9 Occupy Cal demonstrations.

Langan, one of 13 protesters and the only professor charged after the Nov. 9 demonstrations, faced one charge of obstructing an officer, one charge of obstructing a public place and one charge of remaining at the scene of a riot. She pled not guilty to the charges at preliminary hearings.

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Judge Says Insufficient Evidence to Move Molestation Case Forward
Berkeley Patch – June 22, 2011

Defense attorney Collin Cooper said the prosecution could decide to charge Esmaili again, but that it was an unlikely scenario.

Cooper said it was very uncommon to win at this stage in the proceedings, because the standard of proof, “probable cause,” is so low.

“It’s rare to win here, but he’s innocent,” he said of his client. “He did not do what’s accused of him.”

Prosecutor Angela Chew described the case as “pretty much over,” after the defendant and his friends and attorneys had left the building.

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They Walk Among Us
The Huffington Post – October 19, 2009

In 1975, federal guidelines allowed that 30 years was a life sentence and that prisoners can be paroled after they have served their sentence if they have a record of good behavior.

All that changed in 1984 for those for those charged with a federal crime/ “The Sentencing Reform Act would have made it almost impossible for a federally sentenced criminal serving a life sentence to get parole,” said Colin Cooper, a criminal lawyer from Berkeley, CA. “It is always up to the parole board, but there would be no mandatory 30 year limit.”

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