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Posted on: July 15, 2009 at 9 a.m.

Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys hear stats all the time that are manipulated to call for the hiring of more police officers, more severe punishments and so forth. One of the major challenges for any defense attorney is defending their client against not only criminal charges, but public opinion as well. A skilled, qualified attorney will know how to navigate the courts, the judicial system and the laws in Los Angeles, all of which are unfortunately influenced by crime statistics.

When it comes to tracking Los Angeles crime statistics, the citys media outlets are doing a far better job than the Los Angeles Police Department. Recent reports have claimed the LAPDs online crime tracking database has omitted as much as 40% of the actual crimes committed in various parts of the city for the last six months or so. The crime mapping program is available online and was launched in 2006 as the publicly accessible version of Chief William Brattons highly-touted CompStat system, which is used internally by the Los Angeles Police Department to track crime statistics and guide deployment. Administrators for the public crime mapping website have so far chalked the statistical omissions up to programming errors and say they are looking into the problem. As one example, the public website in April mistakenly attributed thousands of crimes to the Los Angeles Civic Center area, making it appear to be one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. The websites administrator has since dropped the crimes that were incorrectly attributed to that neighborhood from their numbers, but has yet to report them on the site in the correct locations.

Whether or not the Los Angeles Police Department is reporting their statistics correctly, criminal offenses are still obviously being committed in the city every day.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Los Angeles, call the Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP today. Our combined 50 years of courtroom experience in defending against criminal charges will fight for you. An experienced criminal defense attorney knows that each case is different from the next, and that seemingly insignificant details can make a big difference in the outcome of each one. Our attorneys will carefully comb through your case to search for the best possible outcome for you. In many instances, we may even be able to have your charges dismissed altogether. When you are facing potential jail time and a criminal record, let us protect you.

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Joseph Zernik on July 16, 2009 at 3:42 a.m. wrote:

Unique Courts in Los Angeles County. One disturbing fact about both criminal and civil courts in Los Angeles is that since about 1985 the Los Angeles Superior Court has been denying the public access to Registers of Actions, Index of All Cases, Calendars of the Courts, and most significantly - Book of Judgments (or Judgment Index as it is called, for example in the U.S. Courts Pacer system). I am hard pressed to find any example in the U.S. today of a Superior Court or U.S. District Court that would deny public access to the Book of Judgment (or computerized Index of Judgments). In fact, it is probably unique in this conduct among courts of 'Western Democracies'. For hundreds of years, public access to such public records of the courts are deemed the critical safeguards for integrity of the courts. California Code requires that the Superior Courts allow access to such public records, and the Local Rules of Courts of LA County claim that the Clerk is maintaining a Book of Judgments in the Clerk's public service department in each district, but none of it is taking place in reality. Operating courts, civil or criminal while denying public access to public records - and that includes attorneys and parties in litigation/prosecution sets the local courts hundreds of years back in the past. In fact, upon review, such conduct of the LA Superior Court is likely to be found in violation of International Law and Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, part of ratified International Law, requires that the Government institute Fair Tribunals, and it is doubtful that courts that operate under conditions such as the LA Superior Court - denying public access to the public records (an waiving the right for notice and service of Minute Orders on top) would be deemed Fair Tribunals. One should hope that LA criminal defense attorneys organize and demand restoration of such basic Common Law and First Amendment rights, re-affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Nixon v Warner Comm (1978).

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