Reasonable Doubt Blog


Hollywood Calls Joseph Tully

Joseph Tully in court with Edward Furlong. Image rights: Getty/TMZ
A proud Martinez native, Mr. Tully was honored to be featured July 11, 2013 in the Martinez News Gazette discussing his representation of Edward Furlong of Terminator II fame. Mr. Tully represents clients throughout the state,...


Speak up to Claim your Fifth Amendment Right to Remain Silent

The Supreme Court issued a ruling today in Salinas v. Texas, a case about whether or not the prosecution can use pre-arrest silence as evidence of guilt. In general, the prosecution cannot use a defendant's invocation of his Fifth Amendment right, the right to remain silent, as evidence of his or...

Contra Costa County Sheriff Alters Policies on Immigration Holds

The Sheriff's office is in the process of altering its policy regarding the handling of undocumented individuals who are booked in County jail. As it currently stands, when an arrestee is booked and fingerprinted, the Sheriff's office automatically sends his or her fingerprints to the federal...

Corruption in Contra Costa County Law Enforcement


A federal Judge sentenced Norman Wielsch, the former Commander of the Contra Costa County drug task force, to 14 years in federal prison for his part in drug-and-corruption related charges. In addition to admitting guilt to drug-related charges, including possession, sales and distribution...

 Realignment - Politicians & Statisticians Debate its Impact

"California leads America in many things. One of them is a mania for locking people up." Prisoner Overcrowding: The Magic Number, The Economist
In 2011, Governor Brown signed AB 109 and AB 117, together commonly referred to as Realignment. Realignment shifts to counties the responsibility...


Right to an Attorney 50 Years Later

The fiftieth anniversary of Gideon v. Wainright has brought much needed attention to the now half-century old case granting indigent defendants charged with a felony the right to an attorney. In a recent NY Times editorial, The Right to Counsel: Badly Battered at 50, Lincoln Caplan explores whether...