Updated: March 12, 2021 On March 3, 2021, California’s Second District Court of Appeal broadened the public’s right to view police misconduct records under Senate Bill 1421. Signed into law on January 1, 2019, SB 1421 broadened public access to police misconduct files under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). SB 1421 expands access to…

Updated March 19, 2021 The Information Age continues to deliver stunning advances to every facet of modern society. The parabolic rise in technological innovation is now poised to completely transform finance and the old-world banking system. In a few short years, “decentralized finance,” or “DeFi,” seems certain to change the world through rapidly advancing improvements…

Wrongful Conviction: Junk Science Podcast Highlights The Use of Flawed Forensic Evidence in American Courtrooms In 2009, the National Academy of Science published a warning to criminal justice stakeholders concerning the widespread use of junk science in American courtrooms.1 In its landmark publication, the NAS underscored the need to establish greater quality controls and standards within the scientific…

VENTURA COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT – CORONAVIRUS UPDATE On April 2, 2020, the Ventura County Superior Court issued an updated notice concerning the Court’s operations.  The notice is viewable here.

Coronavirus Update – March 24, 2020 The California Courts post regular coronavirus updates at courts.ca.gov. On March 24, 2020, California Chief Justice Tanias Cantil-Sakauye suspended all criminal and civil jury trials across California’s 58 counties for 60 days. Effective March 20, 2020, the Ventura County Superior Court ordered limited operations through April 17, 2020.  A copy…

Coronavirus Update From Attorney William Haney My law office will be closed for in-person meetings on a temporary basis.  We made this decision for the safety of our staff.  The Ventura County Superior Court is assessing the present public health emergency on a day-to-day basis. All court matters are cancelled from Monday March 16h through…

November 15, 2019 The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals provided a reprieve to Rodney Reed just five days before his planned execution.1. Hours earlier, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended delaying Reed’s scheduled death by lethal injection.2 The move by Texas officials followed a national outcry to spare Reed’s life. The Innocence Project marshaled…

November 13, 2019 Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed! Rodney Reed is scheduled to die by lethal injection in a Texas death chamber on November 20, 2019. The State of Texas will forever alter the course of the capital punishment debate if Reed is put to death. A competent review of the evidence suggests to…

Advertising Materials Ventura County Wiretaps Successfully Challenged – Case Dismissed Note:  This article does not constitute legal advice.  The materials should be used for information purposes only.  Wiretap litigation is extremely complex.  You should contact a competent criminal defense lawyer immediately if you are arrested following an investigation built upon wiretap evidence. Attorney William Haney…

California Expungement Documents (Ventura County) Note: Any person seeking to expunge a criminal conviction should first consult with a qualified criminal defense lawyer. This article does not constitute legal advice. Misdemeanor Expungement Petitions To obtain an expungement in California, a petitioner, or an attorney working on the petitioner’s behalf, should lodge the following documents: (1)…