GeekSpeak for 2018-05-31

Zach on Law

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Attorney and candidate for Santa Cruz Judge, Zach Schwarzbach geeks out with Lyle about law.

We chat about Public Defender, Bad Choices vs Luck, Prosecution for Manslaughter, Cell Phones – Rights, Cell Bright, No Naked Pics on your Phone, Rational Prosecution, Harassment and Threats, When to Prosecute?, Compassion, Bad guys going free, Social Media Parole, Washington Nationals, Who Decides Defense?, Cell Company Data, Stings and Data, Paranoia and Privacy, Knowing a Crime, Be Polite, Secrecy, Privacy, Liberty, Silence > Lying, Judges – Election, Technical Expert Witness, Tesla Class Action, Swatting Indictment, Digitally Enhanced Anger, Doing Right, Prop 47 & Prop 57, Running for Judge, Metallica Megan, and a close out on Lyle Breaking the Law.

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Tesla Agrees to Settle Model S and X Autopilot Class Action Suit | Digital Trends

Tesla Model S and Model X buyers who brought a lawsuit against Telsa had their day in court — and it looks like they’ve won. On Thursday, Tesla agreed to settle with the buyers who said the optional Autopilot driver assistance system was “essentially unusable and demonstrably dangerous,” Reuters reported.
Relying on what they claimed was misrepresentation by the company, the buyers spent $5,000 for automated emergency braking, side collision warning, and the Autopilot software. In the lawsuit, the owners said the features were “completely inoperable.”

The winners won’t get much in financial compensation if the settlement is accepted. According to Reuters, customers in the suit who paid for the Autopilot upgrade during 2016 and 2017 will receive from $20 to $280. Telsa will put $5 million-plus in a fund to compensate the buyers and pay lawyers’ fees.

Gamers involved in December’s “swatting” death just got indicted | Ars Technica

Federal prosecutors have unsealed an indictment against three men involved in the December death of a Kansas man, Andrew Finch. Finch was shot by police officers after one of the defendants, Tyler Barriss, made a call to 911 dispatchers about a completely made-up hostage situation at Finch’s address.

California Proposition 57, Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements (2016) - Ballotpedia

The California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, also known as Proposition 57, was on the November 8, 2016, ballot in California as a combined initiated constitutional amendment and state statute. It was approved.

A “yes” vote supported increasing parole and good behavior opportunities for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and allowing judges, not prosecutors, to decide whether to try certain juveniles as adults in court.

California Proposition 47, Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative (2014) - Ballotpedia

California Proposition 47, the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative, was on the November 4, 2014 ballot in California as an initiated state statute. The measure was approved.

HIGHLIGHTS
Nonviolent, nonserious crimes were reduced to misdemeanors.
As jail population numbers fell, estimated state savings grew by millions.
Multiple court challenges stemmed from the initiative’s passage.