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Two Criminal Trials for The Price of One – Budgetary Concerns and Criminal Justice in Santa Clara

Two Criminal Trials for The Price of One – Budgetary Concerns and Criminal Justice in Santa ClaraSanta Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen’s analysis of the two-jury criminal trials in the Mercury news lacks merit.  To begin with, Criminal trials are difficult and require a constant focus that is, at times, difficult with one jury.  The idea that the criminal justice system can and should save resources by grouping defendants together and having two or more juries hear parts of the testimony presented is absurd.  While the rules allow for one of the juries to be removed in the event that...

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Facebook Co-Founder Sheds Light on Need for Immigration Reform

In the state of California, immigration issues have long remained at the forefront of many political debates.  Now, Mark Zuckerberg, made famous for being the founder of Facebook, has thrown his hat in by creating “Fwd.us.,” an advocacy group for immigration reform.  This announcement comes on the back of San Francisco State student Jose Vargas, who revealed just two years ago that he is an undocumented immigrant in the United States. Many families are broken apart every day because of criminal charges levied against non-citizens living in California.  Depending on the class of immigrant that an individual falls into (legal alien,...

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