John M. Kaman’s Guides

John M. Kaman

San Francisco Criminal Defense Attorney.

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  1. Why we kill the people we kill

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    Many people advance arguments in favor of the death penalty that either have been disproven by scientific evidence or are flawed in some other way. First of all some argue that the death penalty deters crime. Nothing could be farther from the truth. In fact studeis have shown tha...

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  2. Eliminate the Death Penalty

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    Numerous arguments exist for eliminating the death penalty even when the subject is dead guilty and everyone knows that. Practical arguments first. It costs more to execute someone than it does to imprison them for life. You have to figure in the costs of appeals and lawyers as w...

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  3. Troy Davis

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    Any article like this must begin with a recitation of the author's opposition to the death penalty. Otherwise every intelligent reader will brand him a barbarian. So it is with Troy Davis. I signed the petitions for clemency and held out hope that his sentence would be commuted. ...

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  4. Helping Avvo Questioners

    Written by attorney John Kaman, almost 3 years ago.

    I am making this a legal guide because many Avvo questioners don't seem to understand the limits on what I can and can't do. I get calls now everyday from people in distant states indicating it is an emergency and they need help. If I'm in Court they usually ask that I call them ...

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  5. Realignment 101, Part 6: Standard conditions of probation

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    Under the new regime standardconditions of probation are written into the statute. Many are unsurprising but some impose conditions that the defnse bar would usually oppose. Among the conditions is an agreement to flash periods of incarceration of up to 7 days (14 days aggregate)...

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  6. Co-Defendant Problems

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    A question I see often on Avvo runs like this. "We were out shopping and my friend shoplifted some items. I did not know she had done this but we were both charged. She will admit that she was acting alone." Does this help get the case dismissed as to the innocent arty? Unfortuna...

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  7. Realignment 101, Part 5: Parolees in Custody as of October 1

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    The new law creates some equal protection issues with regard to those already sentenced and those sentenced after October 1, 2011. Existing parolees may find themselves in such a situation. Let's suppose that you are on CDC parole and in county custody pending a hearing on violat...

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  8. Realignment 101, Part 4: Non-Custodial Alternatives

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    Under the new laws counties can expand their non-detentional custody programs. This means that home detention may be expanded, among other things. Morover counties can authorizing a program of electronic monitoring instead of bail. Electronic monitoring could apply to home detent...

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  9. Realignment 101, Part 3: No More Parole

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    Under the new law, persons who serve all their time on a county jail felony will not undergo either a period of parole or probation following release. For those who are sentenced to less than the maximum and who are given a period of probation after their release almost everythin...

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  10. Realignment 101, Part 2

    Written by attorney John Kaman, about 3 years ago.

    The change that will affect the most people under realignment is the creation of a new felony, which will probably be referred to by most people as a county jail felony. Traditionally in California misdemeanors are punished by county jail terms, felonies by state prison. After Oc...

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