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Blog Posts in October, 2015

  • Virginia Blumenthal Whether in court, on the court, or in the game of life, well-known attorney and Riverside community leader Virginia Blumenthal knows a thing or two about what it takes to win. As an enthusiastic fan of UCR women's basketball, she enjoys attending games both at home and on the road. Last year, she and her husband Duane helped cheer the Lady Highlanders to a Big West ...
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  • Heavy drinking is, for many, a normal part of college life. This can result in criminal charges if drinking and driving is involved. With summer vacation officially over, students around the country are returning to school, including college students in California. This is a life-changing time for people attending universities, especially students who are new to college life. One of the perks of ...
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  • Research shows that many juvenile crimes reflect a lack of impulse control and rational judgment, rather than serious criminal tendencies. Juveniles are often emotionally volatile and impulsive, as most parents in Riverside know firsthand. These traits can cause juveniles to take risks and make decisions that appear questionable to mature adults. Sometimes, these decisions don't have harmful ...
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  • Eyewitness misidentification is a contributing factor to a significant number of wrongful convictions in the U.S. Thousands of people spend their days behind bars as part of the U.S. prison system. While some California prisoners are serving time for crimes they committed, others have never committed a crime at all. Since 1989, 329 people have been exonerated of their crimes after DNA evidence ...
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  • Proposition 47 is reducing prison populations, but it may be causing longer periods of incarceration for inmates who are unaffected by the legal changes. Last November, California voters passed Proposition 47. Under this law, drug possession for personal use and certain minor property crimes are now categorized as misdemeanors. As many people in Riverside know, this measure was intended to reduce ...
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  • By NITA HILTNER Special to The Press-Enterprise Six Riverside County women are the recipients of the 24th annual YWCA Women of Achievement awards, exemplifying the Y’s mission statement: eliminating racism and empowering women and girls. The honorees are Michele Broad, Nancy Hart, Jean Easum, Patricia Reynolds, Cindy Roth and Virginia Blumenthal. Award presentations will be made at 11:30 ...
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  • Riverside NAACP Freedom Fund Honors 16

    || 6-Oct-2015

    By DAVID OLSON The Press-Enterprise Manasseh Nwaigwe Jr. has quietly met with dozens of ministers and imams about fighting AIDS in the black community. Dina Stallings inspired countless debate students at Riverside City College, pushing them to be their best. The two are among the 16 winners of the 2008 Freedom Fund awards, which will be handed out tonight by the Riverside chapter of the National ...
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  • By JOSE ARBALLO JR. The Press-Enterprise The first three defendants in the largest murder case in Riverside County history have been acquitted of all charges, leaving questions over future prosecutions in the case. The prosecutor in the case said Friday that she will not change plans to prosecute the others, saying she has an obligation to combat gang crime. The defense attorneys and one of the ...
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  • Being sent to prison, knowing that for a period of time that one will have to live behind bars, is traumatic in and of itself. If that wasn't bad enough, some inmates suffer further humiliation by being sexually assaulted at the hands of fellow inmates and prison guards. At times, such indignity is not adequately addressed or is ignored by prison officials, leaving an inmate to be a victim of ...
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  • Those who text risqué photographs or use web cameras to send steamy videos of themselves may later be haunted by the fear of damage to their professional or personal lives. However, some are exposing themselves to a new danger: sextortion. Sextortion is a new term coined for the act of using explicit pictures or videos to extort additional and more explicit images. An Associated Press (AP) ...
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  • California Rep. Dan Lungren (R) was instrumental in passing Megan's Law, which made information on sex offenders more accessible to the public. Rather than having to visit a police station, residents of California are now able to access online information on the residency, physical description and convictions of sex offenders. This helps some people to feel that they are more effectively ...
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  • By JOHN ASBURY The Press-Enterprise A jury found the former director of a Moreno Valley hospital and the hospital's former pediatrics chief not guilty Monday of embezzling $305,720 in Riverside County funds and destroying public records, but convicted the pair of keeping false time cards. Donna Matney, 48, of Chino, former director of the Riverside County Regional Medical Center, and Dr. ...
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  • Schwarzenegger Endorses Chelsea's Law

    || 6-Oct-2015

    On April 20, 2010, Governor Schwarzenegger endorsed California Assembly Bill 1844, named "Chelsea's Law," designed to strengthen criminal penalties for sexual offenders. The bill was introduced shortly after it was disclosed that John Albert Gardner III, who pled guilty in April 2010 to the brutal rape and murder of two San Diego teenagers, had been convicted in 2000 of molesting a ...
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  • Wife Acquitted in Husband's Death

    || 6-Oct-2015

    San Bernardino man was killed in '87 near Sun City. Woman was found innocent of arranging the murder. October 3, 1997 SOURCE: By Mike Kataoka The Press-Enterprise RIVERSIDE Ten years after a San Bernardino man was shot to death near Sun City, his wife was acquitted Thursday of arranging the murder. Wanda June Jowers, 62, tearfully embraced her lawyer, Virginia Blumenthal, upon hearing the ...
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  • A former Murrieta councilman smiled and hugged family members outside a Riverside courtroom Friday after a judge sentenced him to spend weekends in jail instead of sending him to prison. Judge Douglas E. Weathers decried Warnie Enochs' behavior in a case stemming from his divorce before sentencing him to 180 days in jail on weekends, five years probation and anger management. "There were ...
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