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Speedy Trial Rights: 48 Hour Rule for California Suspects in Custody
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Under the Constitution of the United States and the California State Constitution everyone has a right to a ‘Speedy Trial’. This means that once you are charged and/or in custody they must give you a trial within a reasonable time frame. The specific amounts of time are left to the states. In a California misdemeanor case you…

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Motorcycle Riding Pastor Convicted for Fight in Bar
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Pastor Phil Aguilar runs a Christian ministry; he also provides shelter and assistance to people looking to get sober. His organization is Set Free Worldwide Ministries. He is also the leader of Set Free Soldiers a Christian motorcycle club that rides on Saturdays and has Bible service on Sundays. Aguilar became a follower of Christianity…

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U.S. vs. Italian Justice: Which Would You Prefer?
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

On December 4, 2009, an Italian jury found American student Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito guilty on all counts in the stabbing death of British exchange student Meredith Kercher. Knox was given a 26-year sentence; Sollecito was sentenced to 25 years. Both will be appealing their cases. In the meantime, below is…

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Three Strikes and You’re Out
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

California was one of the first to adopt the Three Strikes Law in 1994 – the law which can send a repeat offender to prison for 25 years to life when he/she is convicted of a third strike. The Three Strikes law significantly increases the prison sentences of persons convicted of felonies who have been…

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