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How Manslaughter Differs From First and Second Degree Murder in California
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

One of the most confusing areas of criminal law is the area of murder versus manslaughter. Both murder and manslaughter involve the Defendant willfully killing another person. Notably, self defense is a defense to murder and manslaughter. First degree murder is the classic fact scenario where the Defendant plans to kill someone and executes on that plan.…

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Supreme Court Says It Is Constitutional to take DNA from Felony Arrestees
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The US Supreme Court held that taking DNA from those arrested for “serious” offenses is constitutional and is in the same vein as taking fingerprints and photos of arrestees. In Maryland v. King, the Defendant was arrested on a felony and a DNA swab of his mouth revealed he was the previously unknown assailant in a…

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The DNA for Dismissal of Criminal Charges Program in Orange County
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

The Orange County District Attorney has been resolving criminal cases by having the Defendant give their DNA in exchange for dismissals of usually minor cases. This program in Orange County has only been in effect for the last couple of years and had generally been very beneficial to Orange County Defendants facing minor criminal charges…

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Missing Orange County Man Presumed Dead
Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Police still do not have any suspects or new information surrounding the disappearance of 81 year old Robert Merle Harrod of Placentia in Orange County, California. He was last seen by his son in law on July 27, 2009. Harrod left his glasses and car at his house. Jeff Michael, Harrod’s son-in-law, had been doing…

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