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East Palo Alto Landlord Arrested for Vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) and Dissuading a Witness (CA Penal Code 136.1)

An East Palo Alto landlord was arrested for vandalism (CA Penal Code 594) on October 21, after the Office of the District Attorney for the county of Santa Clara issued warrants stemming from his alleged destruction of tenant’s property in order to intimidate them and cause them to leave the premises.  It is alleged that the landlord, Nemat Matt Malek Salehi vandalized property belonging to tenants because he hoped they would leave the premises, and he would be able to charge higher rent at the East Palo Alto residential building.His son, was arrested on the same warrant for dissuading a witness (CA Penal...

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Santa Clara District Attorney: No Charges Filed for Alleged Sexual Assault at Stanford University (CA Penal Code 243.4)

The Santa Clara District Attorney has decided not to file charges against a Stanford University graduate for alleged sexual assault  (CA Penal Code 243.4).  Prosecutors with the Santa Clara District Attorney’s office have deemed that there is insufficient evidence to charge the student.  It is the duty of a District Attorney to only charge cases they feel they can win at trial.  Govinda Dasu was arrested on Sept. 24 after officers were called to his room. Given the recent changes in law as well as the general atmosphere in San Jose around sexual assaults involving Stanford students, we truly respect the District...

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Sex Crimes & Statute of Limitations – Yet Another Blow to Judicial Limits (CA Senate Bill 813)

Sex crimes and statute of limitations – yet another blow to judicial limitsOn September 28, Governor Brown signed into law a provision that eliminates the Statute of Limitations for certain sex offenses (CA Senate Bill 813).  Currently, the statute of limitations is governed by CA Penal Code 803.  For the most part, the statute of limitations is either 10 years and can be as long as 10 years from the alleged victim’s 18th birthday.The new bill would eliminate a statute of limitations for rape (CA Penal Code 261), sodomy, and lewd or lascivious acts (CA Penal Code 288).  The only...

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