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2020 News Stories and Case Updates

KPCC Radio - Exploring The Legal And Practical Challenges Of Proposed Law To Ban Unsolicited Nude Photos

Unsolicited lewd pictures has become a major issue with the sharp rise of people using the internet. Many women have become victims of unwanted pictures appearing in their email inbox. In response, California lawmakers have taken action. 

"Cyberflashing," which is an act of sending someone a sexual related picture without consent has become common. A recent survey showed almost 80% of young women have received an unwarranted graphic photo. State laws already deal with the issue of written harassment, but there are only a few laws dealing with issues of visual images.

Recently, a California state senator introduced the Preventing Indecent Content Sharing Act (PICS) in an effort to deter sending lewd pictures without the consent of the person receiving them. Other states have enacted similar laws, but there has been opposition from critics who claim these laws are too broad and fail to address how police can identify these cases.

In this radio interview, there is a discussion on how these laws are being proposed to prevent unsolicited photos and the challenges to enact them. 

Dmitry Gorin, a criminal defense attorney with the Los Angeles-based firm Eisner Gorin, LLP and a former trial prosecutor in the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, provides legal commentary in the interview. Listen to Interview Here.

Yahoo Entertainment - Weinstein Case to Revive Los Angeles D.A. Office's Troubled History with Celebrity Trials

The Harvey Weinstein trial has started in New York along with the media frenzy. After it has been completed, the legal process will start again in Los Angeles. District Attorney Jackie Lacey has announced new charges against Weinstein that accuse him of raping and sexually assaulting two women in 2013.

High-profile celebrity trials are nothing new to Los Angeles. But Lacey has mostly avoided the high-pressure trials that have haunted those before her. There has not been a high-profile case since she took office.

However, the Weinstein case will probably go to trial in 2021 and give new life to the DA's office troubled history with prosecuting celebrities.

Prior DA's are best remembered for losing the O.J. Simpson case in 1995, the Robert Blake murder acquittal in 2005, and Phil Spector's murder trial ending in a hung jury in 2007, but was later convicted.

During that time, one of the DA's made comments to reporters about the difficulties in prosecuting celebrities in Los Angeles, even calling the jurors in the Blake case “incredibly stupid.”

DA Lacey has been criticized for waiting two years before filing criminal charges against Weinstein, but it fits a pattern with high-profile cases in the DA office.

Dmitry Gorin, a former Los Angeles prosecutor who now is a criminal defense lawyer was quoted in the article: “As a general rule, my experience is if it's a high-profile case, the D.A.'s office will be more deliberate in deciding whether to file charges. They dot the i's and cross the t's, and take time to decide.” Read Story Here.

My News LA - Ex-Los Angeles Sheriff Deputy Accused of Bogus Shooting Claim Makes Court Appearance

A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who has been accused of making false claims he was shot outside the Lancaster sheriff's station made a court appearance to answer for several criminal charges.

He was a rookie sheriff deputy when he claimed he was shot in August 2019. He was charged with two felony counts of insurance fraud and one misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.

The deputy reported he was shot in the shoulder while standing in the parking lot at the sheriff's station, which resulted in a huge containment perimeter and long search of by law enforcement officers of an apartment complex from which he claimed the shot was fired. A school was placed on lockdown and SWAT officers arrived on the scene with armored vehicles.

After the investigation, the sheriff announced the shooting was a hoax and the deputy was no longer employed by the department. He said the story was false and there were no recovered bullets, no cars struck by gunfire, and a lot of people in the area never heard gunshots.

His criminal defense lawyer, Dmitry Gorin, said he will plead not guilty at his next appearance in a downtown Los Angeles court. Mr. Gorin told reporters at the courthouse: “He strongly denies the allegations and we intend to vigorously contest the criminal charges. The defense team really intends demonstrate very strongly that did not have criminal intent, and that he believes strongly that he was shot.” Read Article Here.

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