Reporter covering courts and justice for the Oakland Tribune and Bay Area News Group. Email me at mfraley@bayareanewsgroup.com

Two men sentenced for Oakland home invasion murders

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/27/2015 03:16:58 PM PST Updated: 02/27/2015 03:58:29 PM PST OAKLAND -- A judge on Friday doled out life prison sentences for two of three men convicted of killing two people during an Oakland home invasion robbery. Judge Allan Hymer gave Joseph Tabron, 24, life without the possibility of parole, and Joseph Castro, 56, life with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

Oakland woman charged with murdering husband

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/27/2015 12:47:56 PM PST Updated: 02/27/2015 12:51:18 PM PST OAKLAND -- An Oakland woman suspected of fatally stabbing her husband was charged with murder Friday. Police said Sunceree Cairo Thompson, 30, admitted killing 35-year-old Tony Dejon Easley during an argument Tuesday in their home in the 700 block of Nevada Street.

Jury to start deliberations at trial for 15-year-old Oakland girl's killing

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/26/2015 04:30:17 PM PST Updated: 02/26/2015 04:30:18 PM PST OAKLAND -- Jury deliberations are expected to begin Monday at the murder trial for two of three men accused of killing a 15-year-old Oakland girl while attempting to kill a teenage boy.

Man sentenced to 57 years to life in prison for attempted murders of Oakland cop, and another man

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/25/2015 11:29:02 AM PST OAKLAND -- A 32-year-old man was sentenced Wednesday to 57 years to life in prison for two 2013 Oakland shootings, including one where an Oakland police officer was shot in the thigh.

Hayward: Couple charged with killing two teens accuses each other of the crime

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/23/2015 06:53:32 PM PST HAYWARD -- In the case against a young couple accused of executing two Hayward teens in 2010, her attorney says he did it and his attorney says it was her. "I'm sorry Mr. Washington, but it's your girlfriend (who's responsible)," attorney Wiliam Linehan said to his client Monday in trial opening statements.

Hayward man convicted of murdering schizophrenic roommate

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/20/2015 02:22:11 PM PST OAKLAND -- A Hayward man has been found guilty of murdering his schizophrenic roommate in 2012, marking the second time he's been convicted of killing a friend. An Alameda County jury on Thursday found Michael Wyatt, 57, guilty of first-degree murder for fatally stabbing James Edward Nobles, 59, on Feb.

Prosecutor: Girl was casualty of attempt at street justice in Oakland

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/18/2015 06:25:50 AM PST Updated: 02/18/2015 06:26:22 AM PST OAKLAND -- A 15-year-old Oakland girl shot dead in 2012 was a casualty of three men's attempt to avenge a close friend's murder, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Lilron Jones, Vijay Bhushan and Marquise Thompson ¿on Dec.

Prop 47: Who to contact to get your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor

contracostatimes.com — Posted: 02/17/2015 03:18:36 PM PST Last November, California voters approved Prop 47 which reclassified simple drug possession and low-level theft cases involving a loss valued under $950 from felonies to misdemeanors. Now Bay Area public defenders are reaching out to the thousands of local residents who are either on felony probation or have already served their sentence who can get their felonies reduced under Prop 47.

Opportunity awaits for thousands of Bay Area residents with low-level felony convictions

santacruzsentinel.com — OAKLAND >> Jill Jenkins knows firsthand the opportunities that await thousands of Bay Area residents eligible to get their felony convictions reduced under Prop 47. An ex-offender-turned-paralegal at the Alameda County Public Defender's Office, Jenkins is part of the massive effort by Bay Area public defenders to reach out to people whom the new law has given three years to get their low-level drug possession and theft convictions reduced to misdemeanors.

Opportunity awaits for thousands of Bay Area residents with low-level felony convictions

mercurynews.com — Posted: 02/15/2015 12:43:37 PM PST Updated: 02/15/2015 12:43:38 PM PST Click photo to enlarge OAKLAND -- Jill Jenkins knows firsthand the opportunities that await thousands of Bay Area residents eligible to get their felony convictions reduced under Prop 47.
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Feb 24, 2015

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Feb 20, 2015

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Feb 15, 2015

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