Category Archives: California

“Mistakes Happen- People Are Wrongfully Convicted”

Jeff Rosen brings a new approach to prosecution.  He’s the District Attorney in Santa Clara County, California.  He narrowly won election in 2010, and since then he’s made some welcomed waves- he’s bringing some crucial principles of the criminal justice reform movement into the prosecutor’s office.  Among his efforts, Rosen created a Conviction Integrity Unit (CIU) attached to his office… Read more »

The Collision of “Law & Order” and Criminal Justice Reform

There was another terrorist attack last night- just hours before midnight- this time in Istanbul, Turkey.  Some 39 people have been killed.   The Rose Parade is coming up here in Southern California this morning and barricades have been put up along the parade path to protect people from truck stampede attacks, such as we’ve seen now in Germany and France.  These… Read more »

Clemency the Only Remaining Remedy for #FreeCA12

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Here’s a great TEDxTalk video by the Director and Co-Founder of the California Innocence Project (CIP), Justin Brooks.  In this succinct and entertaining talk you’ll get a quick history of Clemency in the legal system, you’ll learn a bit about the work that CIP does, and you’ll see that for the eight remaining wrongfully convicted of the #FreeTheCA12 (Those who have not… Read more »

Our Criminal Justice System Makes Mistakes (Too Often)

I no longer can support the State with the power of life and death when wrongful conviction case after wrongful conviction case have shown just how often the justice system gets it wrong. I’m voting to end the Death Penalty in my state.  Here’s more explanation. Personally, I’m not opposed to the death penalty per se, philosophically or religiously.  I’m… Read more »

I’m Voting YES to End the Death Penalty in California (After Years of Supporting It)

“As of October 2015, we have executed over 1,414 individuals in this country since 1976. 156 individuals have been exonerated from death row – that is, found to be innocent and released – since 1973.  In other words, for every 10 people who have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in the U.S., one person has been set… Read more »

How NOT to Use a Knife! | Road Trip Blade FAIL

Sometimes … I’m just an idiot. You know those times in life where you “do it wrong”?  Well, here’s such a time for me that happened on a recent road trip to the Sierra Nevadas. Needless to say I’m very grateful that the accident wasn’t worse than it was.  I’m thankful it didn’t cut deeper, or cut anything off.  It… Read more »

My History with Ultimate Frisbee| Disc Vlog #1

Not many people know this, but Tezi and I met while playing ultimate frisbee, and that was almost four years ago. On that day, back in 2012, I was as new to the sport as Tezi was. Though the same perhaps can’t be said for Tezi, I fell in love with the sport. Up to and including now, it’s fair to… Read more »

Hopeless Wanderer | Carpool Karaoke! | Road Trip, Spring 2016!

“Nooo doon’t dooo itttttt!!” – Therese Brown.  “But it’s so fun!!!!” – Jeremy Stock. On our last road trip, Tezi and I had many hours of driving as we headed to the Sierra Nevada mountains north of Yosemite, south of Tahoe. One of our favorite pastimes was singing along to some of our favorite songs. Here we share with you… Read more »

Cold Water Jumping in Donner Lake, CA! (It’s cold!)

Tezi and I spent last week camping in the Sierra Nevada mountains, in an area north of Yosemite and about an hour and a half south of Lake Tahoe.  Our new secret place, as we like to call it, was basically devoid of any humans besides ourselves, but we did venture out a couple of times into more populated areas.  One… Read more »

Why I’ve Lost Interest in Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted, by Naomi Novik, is a fantasy novel that tells the nearly fairy-tale-esque story of a girl who is chosen to be an apprentice of sorts to “The Dragon” a powerful wizard who lives to protect the local peoples, including the girl’s family. The story includes magic and mythical beasts, and though the subject matter and basis for the story… Read more »