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Three Arrested On Suspicion Of Violating Federal Smuggling Laws

  • October 31, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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According to The Los Angeles Times, three individuals were arrested last night (October 30) in the Palos Vedes Peninsula on suspicion of trying “to smuggle contraband.” A Coast Guard helicopter and two Coast Guard vessels were involved in the events…

Giving Adderall to Poor Children Who Don’t Have ADHD

  • October 24, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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Adderall is a prescription drug that the FDA approved to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  According to a recent New York Times article, Attention Disorder or Not, Pills to Help in School,certain doctors are taking it upon themselves to…

Brain Scan Evidence Impacts Sentences Received by Juveniles

  • August 18, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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A groundbreaking study published by the journal Science shows that judges are likely to be influenced by the results of brain scans that are introduced into evidence. The brain scan evidence was introduced as part of a hypothetical case that…

California’s Ban on Synthetic Marijuana

  • July 30, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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This is not your parents’ marijuana or the marijuana you might have encountered when you were a teenager. In the last several years, a new designer drug has become available, much of it used by juveniles—synthetic marijuana. Unlike old-fashioned, naturally…

One 20-Minute Hearing—Two Consecutive 30 Year Prison Sentences

  • July 23, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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If a child is accused of murdering two adults, what is a reasonable amount of time to determine whether they should be treated as an adult? I am a criminal defense lawyer representing juveniles in Los Angeles, so you may…

Modern Day Debtors Prisons in Los Angeles

  • July 6, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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As a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles, I sometimes feel that I live in an alternate reality.  On a weekly basis, I experience things that most well-educated and well-read people are confident don’t exist anymore.  One of those is…

Adderall Abuse By Academically Ambitious Juveniles

  • June 13, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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The New York Times recently published a lengthy advertisement for the amphetamine, Adderall.  Technically, it wasn’t supposed to be a commercial.  It was a feature story entitled, “Risky Rise of the Good Grade Pill.”  But the manufacturer of Adderall would…

Trying Juveniles As Adults In Southern California

  • June 10, 2012
  • Jerod Gunsberg
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A recent article indicates that states are reconsidering the practice of trying juveniles in adult court.  The article, published by the highly-regarded Pew Center for the States is entitled, “States Have Second Thoughts About Juveniles in Adult Court.”  Apparently, states…

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