White-collar crimes, such as insider trading, are receiving more and more attention as news of alleged corruption in some of the world's largest financial institutions continues to make headlines across California. Distrust and public ire previously reserved for public officials, is now being directed at the executives and CEO's that run these multi-national institutions.
One of the most polarizing issues in the California criminal law arena is the topic of child pornography. This computer crime has become the subject of strident debate within the legal realm, as many consider the current federal sentencing recommendations to be too heavy-handed. At the same time, political figures do not want to appear to be lenient if they revise the sentences.
Anyone accused of a crime in Sacramento, or anywhere in the country, receives a promise to be treated fairly under the law. A defendant is innocent of a crime until proven, beyond any doubt, that they are guilty. Yet if someone is found to be guilty, they should receive a sentence that matches the magnitude and circumstances of their supposed actions. Unfortunately, when being prosecuted for federal crimes, those accused do not always receive fair or consistent sentences.