The prosecutors “are watching a case unfold on television and they’re stuck with whatever is said in public” notes Robin Sax.
‘A good test for your child, especially the younger ones: when you come home, ring the doorbell and wait to see if your child is going to wait for a grown-up before answering or coming to the door.’
‘Robin Sax, a former L.A. County Deputy District Attorney (and a contributor to Motherlode) suggests that one ideal code is “I am at the ATM.”
“Thirty years ago, sexual assault — rape and sex crimes — were treated differently,” said Robin Sax, a former sex crimes prosecutor for the L.A. County district attorney’s office. “Time and education haven’t worked for Polanski’s benefit.”
“Still, getting a conviction without the victim is possible if prosecutors rely on incriminating statements Polanski made in interviews, to police and probation officers, and in his autobiography as well as other evidence,” said Robin Sax.
They say sex offender John Gardner III violated his parole at least five times after serving a sentence for molesting a girl in 2000…
Preliminary hearings are a good way for prosecutors to assess how their witnesses will do…
So even in death, Jackson will have the spotlight — a fact that presents challenges for both sides.
So he kills her but doesn’t have time to grab her purse or anything of value from the scene?
Grayson must not be forgotten in the cracks of a broken adoption and child protection judicial system.
Are we still are failing our children by choosing to disbelieve them, discredit them, and fail to honor them as the people…?
Trial advocacy is what turned the OJ Simpson double murder case into one of the biggest miscarriages of justice in legal history.
Whenever I tell people that I am a sex crimes prosecutor, people say, “Eeewww, how can you do that?”
Lily Burk’s death reminds us that we are not having the conversations we need to with our kids.
If anything should be explored about the state of the law relating to sex offenders, it’s the huge issue of a lack of prosecution, rather than too much of it!
Why are the prosecutor and the defense attorney in cahoots to keep a journalist from observing the Dr. William Ayres child molestation trial in Redwood City?
When is justice coming for Elizabeth Smart and her family?
The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that there are 200,000 U.S. citizens yearly, mainly children and young women, who are at high risk of being trafficked throughout the U.S for sexual purposes.
The two shows Jenkins appeared on as a contestant were Megan Wants a Millionaire and I Love Money 3, both VH1reality TV shows. Both have now been canceled.
“I’d like to remind you specifically of 12 crime stories — one for every juror on a panel…”
“…since children, as non-voters, do not have the ability to protect their rights legally, we as adults need to explore every possible avenue to do it for them.”
The specific cases that give rise to this year’s “Summer of Missed Opportunities” include the case of Lily Burk (the 17-year-old slashed ear to ear by a third-striker who was not prosecuted due to a “clerical error”).
“…I don’t know if this qualifies as a love story, but let me take you to the beginning of their romance.”
I hope the fictional story of Precious, and the real-life experiences of Mo’Nique, will inspire those suffering under the horror of abuse to seek help.
Imagine you are at the gym or the grocery store and a creep sidles up and manages to take a picture of you with his cell phone.
The new law will play a significant role in identifying and enforcing criminal misconduct by the paparazzi.
The lessons from LiLo and Mel: Don’t drink and drive and don’t beat up on your wife.
Lou, where ever you are, we hear you and we WILL keep fighting!
Why do some states care about the best interest of children and others do not?
What better way to continue the cycle of violence against the bio mom than to torture her with the decision she made without his permission.
We also cannot forget that according to statistics girls get molested two to three times more often then boys.
A woman should have a valid alternative to either aborting her baby or being forced to raise a child she does not want.
The 81-year-old was on his way back to his hotel from the reception when two 16-year-old boys and one 13-year-old boy randomly attacked him.
The bottom line is that families are not democracies; parents are the leaders, and kids are the followers.
Could a jury or Anthony’s peers be decide to end her life? Attorney Robin Sax, a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, doesn’t think so.
Are we legally responsible for what our kids do on phones WE bought them and computers WE pay for? A leading bullying expert and attorney weigh in.
What are the four things every mother should have? Attorney Robin Sax answers that in light of the Natasha Richardson tragedy.
Can getting married prevent a couple from testifying against each other court? Robin examines some of the issue from a recent case.
The reversal of the prosecution’s position was probably not triggered by new evidence, says Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
Robin say it’s not always about who is the better parent – sometimes it comes down to who cared enough to show up to court.
“It can be easily argued,” says Sax, “that he didn’t make the decision in ‘sound mind and body.'”
‘…for better or worse, the media is a powerful tool and a wonderful resource when dealing with protecting kids, finding perpetrators, and enlisting public support.’
According to Sax, phrases like “battered-wife syndrome,” the quasi defense that explains why a woman might resort to murder, are basically made up.
“We don’t know if he was dialing the phone, holding the phone, if he had a knife — we don’t know those things,” explains Sax.
‘The Shaniya Davis case is so tragic. But what I am pleased about is how quickly the prosecutors have charged the mom, at least with human trafficking.’
Relatives of criminals offer various levels of help, says Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney.
Morgan Harrington was a 20-year-old Virginia Tech education major who wanted to be a teacher… Morgan’s remains were found in a field last week.
What’s most shocking to those following the (Rihanna) case is that the 20-year-old Brown will serve no jail time.
…just as I am about to post my review of Jim Moret’s new book — self-help speaker/author James Arthur Ray was arrested in Arizona on manslaughter charges.
A violent sex offender only served five years in prison? How is it that such a plea-bargain passed legal and judicial muster?
If things turn ugly between Sandra and Jesse, and he says he doesn’t want Sandra to see the kids, then she won’t be seeing the kids…
“…if the police have done their homework… why do they appear to be dropping the ball now by allowing Bruce Beresford-Redman to be out of custody?”
“I am most disgusted that they could not even identify the names of the maternal grandparents on their court-certified declaration.”
This sounds like a scorned woman who is throwing spaghetti in the air to see if anything will stick.
These types of suits are called ‘alienation of affection.’ While most laws have abolished them, seven states still have the law on the books…
…American children are easy targets, and they carry less risk for buyers because they don’t need to be imported.
…despite my sympathy, I can’t help but wonder why the family didn’t come out and address the public sooner.
McKnight has been ordered to hand over a whopping $341,640 to a Florida woman who says the singer is the father of her teenage son.
“While he may be asserting his parental rights, is he really acting in the child’s best interest? Or is he taking advantage…”
At this point in the investigation, I think suspicions about stepmom Terri Horman are more than warranted.
…there were two 911 calls made from the Horman home this past Saturday evening.
…how in the world does discriminating against a specific group make anyone’s marriage stronger?!’
…new info, coupled with last week’s restraining order, has proven fatal for Terri in the court of public opinion.
“You can tell a lot more from someone’s actions than from their lawyer’s words.”
Both Kim and Paris used sex tapes to send themselves into stardom. So that’s an acceptable “outlet” now …?
We all know that the truth is, juries love witnesses.
It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, doesn’t it? I wish I could say it was.
If you don’t think these news stories affect all the other run-of-the-mill cases in courtrooms each and every day, think again.
R. Stephanie Good, a highly trained lawyer, house-mom and accomplished author, was compelled to take action.
Who knew that the primaries could be so exciting? It’s no wonder that the talking heads are talking their heads off.
…this case is heinous on so many more levels that even the truest believers out there should be motivated to see that certain laws need amending—fast!
My kids know that they can’t pull any of the usual tricks when it comes to their Mom. Why?
“How can you prosecute sex crimes without getting ill, jaded or miserable?”
Technology and modern electronics have forced even the most crotchety people to log on, tune in, and get wired.
While each member of the family plays a part in the makeup of the family unit, the “law” within the home must be determined by the parents.
“What should I say to my kids about keeping their bodies safe—without scaring them to death?”
Forensic psychologist Dr. Morris provides a framework to understand dangerous women and helps us understand how society should deal with them.
If I could think of my dream job, I’d be a stylist, a personal shopper, a fashion policewoman.
So in order to really evaluate the nominees on crime, you need to take a peek at their stances on the economy.
…as a prosecutor there are very few mysteries that really knock my socks off.
The money’s just about gone, and people have lost their homes, their jobs, and their life savings. And then there are those who have lost their minds.
We live in a brave new world of research. The World Wide Web has changed the landscape for information-gathering for everyone, from writers to lawyers to criminals.
I’d like to examine the crime stories that represent justice, truth, and closure for the many lives that were affected by crime.
Tech-savvy criminals can turn our favorite timesavers into tools to stalk, harass, and harm us.
Why are the authorities making an example of Michael Phelps? Why are we using tax dollars to prosecute and incarcerate weed smokers?
How can a young mother to a beautiful child seemingly murder that child?
In order to understand what a big nothing relying on circumstantial evidence is, you must attend my short class on evidence. So, welcome, here we go.
This day is a reminder to the nation to renew efforts to reunite missing children with their families and to make child protection a national priority.
If a 16-year-old girl willingly sends a naked picture of herself to her same aged boyfriend, are we shocked? It seems relatively harmless, right?
…do those creditors lose the ability to pursue their claims as a result of Michael’s death?.
Upon hearing those words, many people assume that is not a crime that happens here in our country.
Women in Crime Ink’s Stacy Dittrich is a wonder: a beautiful blond, intelligent woman, and a tough cookie.
Is it hard to believe that a victim of sexual assault still feels vulnerable 22 years later, at the age of 82? I don’t think so at all.
While many call this a case of work place violence, we must not separate a defendant’s past from the crime he’s charged with.
This is actually the sixth year the Department of Homeland Security has marked Cybersecurity Awareness.
The “Playboy” pictures feature Marge sitting naked on a bunny chair, wearing nothing but her signature blue hairdo.
To put it bluntly: We need to get the word out that human trafficking for sex is a problem not just in Thailand or Cambodia, but right here at home.
How could such a horrific gang rape go on for two hours, in front of a small crowd, without anyone calling for help?
In cases of murdered children, there will be a range of emotions affecting the family: feelings of helplessness, guilt, grief, listlessness, anger, rage, horror, pain (both physical and emotional), and more.
You might think that this is a one-in-a million case, where a judge grants an abusive parent custody. But you would be wrong.
In the Jewish community, especially in the ultra-Orthodox world, there has always been a general fear of airing dirty laundry.
Why do some cases draw media attention and others fall by the wayside?
Regardless of where you fall on the question of whether an adoptive mom should trump a biological parent – how about considering the best interest of the child?
Self-confessed former mafia hit-man James “Jimmy” Hughes walked out of the Riverside Superior Court in Indio, CA, a free man.
The New York Daily News has provided its findings as proof that celebs do the crime — they just don’t do the time.
…the technology that makes it so darn easy to violate jury instructions has forced jurisdictions to update rules.
Is there any relationship between the death of Mitrice Richardson and Mel Gibson’s rage-a-holic issues?
Web sites like Myspace.com, Urbanchat.com, and Blackplanet.com have supplied the necessary victims.
Why are these parolees not being properly supervised and monitored by parole agents?
From Casey Anthony to Lindsay Lohan, Robin gives a year-end recap of all the top stories in her year end review.
Not everyone who comes in contact with a child molester will be abused. In truth, sex offenders tend to carefully pick and set up their victims.
Prosecuting children as adults is a touchy subject, especially from the perspective of one who advocates on behalf of children.
The reality is that Lindsay Lohan is an addict.
Why do people have so much trouble with therapeutic cannabis?
“…most sex offenders are family members and not strangers, and most don’t kill their victims.”
“L.A. doesn’t want another celebrity trial that they’ll lose,” says former L.A. County prosecutor Robin Sax.
…as many as 10 to 20 doctors might ultimately be charged or indicted in connection with the investigation, predicted former Los Angeles prosecutor Robin Sax.
“The one thing L.A. wants to do is to let the media die down on it,” Sax tells PEOPLE.
The day after his third birthday celebration… little Grayson Vaughn was ripped away from his family by court order.
So, now we have a peek into the biological dad who I would like to refer to as simply, “sperm donor.”
What do you call someone at the maximum level of risk-taking behavior, but due to age, has the least ability to be rational (and thus can’t recognize the consequences of their actions)?
How could Phillip Garrido – clearly a dangerously deranged individual – have “slipped” below the radar of the officials who clearly knew about him?
Do everything within your power to avoid getting into the car with him, because once you do, experts say that your chances of survival plummet.
The recent car abduction and murder of a young woman left L.A. in shock. How can you protect yourself?
Shocking photos Casey Anthony tried to ban may seal her fate. Robin comments on newly released photos.
Craig’s List Killer – “This case reeks of a sexual predator who uses control and violence to get what he wants,” Sax tells Globe.
Sign up for Skype. If you often work in the office alone at night, go to skype.com now and download the free software, then ask your friends and family to do the same…
Sax tells GLOBE the grisly images – including spine-chilling close-ups of 21-year-old Stephany’s fractured skull and other horrific injuries – “are graphic proof of Joran’s unbridled violence.”
Chat tools are embedded in these “safe” sites, and can teach potentially dangerous lessons…
‘Working with the Legal System — Just when you thought a learning disability diagnosis for your child was difficult enough….’
Nearly 70 percent of all reported sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under.
Craigslist has become a virtual ‘stop-and-shop’ for predators.
“The really rich and successful Hollywood men can basically get anything they want.”
“This is not a technicality; this is sloppy judicial and legal work,” said Sax.
Commenting on Lohan’s case, former prosecutor Robin Sax told “Good Morning America” that the best defense was “a strategy of delay.”
In the Gardner case the police did their job, the prosecution did theirs, and thankfully the defendant did his as well. .
‘…the emphasis of Sheen’s day in court was on celebrity and not necessarily justice.’
“…the e-mails suggest less that Bruce Beresford-Redman could have “snapped” but that “there is evidence that this could be completely planned.”
Dr. Murray’s defense team isn’t backing down, and neither are prosecutors. This is going to come down to a battle of the experts.
Robin comments – “…why wouldn’t she go to a forum that people respond to the most?”
The release of the letters not only gives us a sneak peak into her mind, but also begins to set the stage for the drama that will unfold… .
Robin notes – “Just in this last year we have had Conrad Murray with Michael Jackson, Roman Polanski, we have Lindsay Lohan, we have Charlie Sheen. These cases are keeping us busy.”
“Have you ever seen a situation, in your experience, where an abducted family members have not known anything about the status of the case or the investigation whatsoever?”
Reuters was “blurring the lines between what is porn and what is not.
This is not a case of bad laws, no victim, no resources, no past history, and no psychological analysis. .
Parents and kids need to have a code word that can fit into conversations naturally, but be an indicator that something is wrong, signaling an emergency.
Robin notes – “It’s looking like a slam dunk from the view of the prosecutor.”
“It’s not like prosecutors think there’s a propofol murderer out there,” says Robin Sax, former Los Angeles prosecutor, saying he’s not a flight risk.
…if convicted, Paris will be given probation which could involve substance abuse class and treatment.
“Whenever sex is being performed on a child, that’s trafficking. The Internet has made this huge. People can profile exactly what they are looking for.”
Frances drew a lot of publicity two years ago when she threw a suicide-themed Sweet 16 birthday party at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip.
Transcript of HLN’s “Issues” with Jane Velez-Mitchell .
Robin Sax gives legal thought on age of consent in California – question is raised in article on Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston. Cyrus is 15 while Gaston is reported to be 20.
Former prosecutor Robin Sax said the question of greed will come into play.
Apparently Lindsay told her friends to ‘come over with the drugs or don’t come at all.’
Says Robin, ‘My guess is that we will see something more substantial in terms of jail time…’
A Southern California mother is outraged she was asked to stop breastfeeding her baby in public.
Says Robin, ‘…she may very well have to start serving out her sentence immediately after Friday’s hearing.’
The actress is said to have voluntarily checked herself in for treatment.
“Of all the counts, that was it? Not so much of a win…”
NBCLA has learned that communication between Oskana’s team of lawyers became ugly.
“Their behavior keeps raising the odds … that the court would consider jail.”
“Harold,” who neighbors say bragged about killing Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen, shot himself fatally.
Sax said that Nelson’s history of arrests is likely to work against him in the eyes of the law.
Chasen, 64, was killed on Nov. 16 as she was driving in her Mercedes-Benz through Beverly Hills.
Sax said ‘I am not convinced that it wasn’t a calculated hit.’
‘Our biggest clue is to look in the will. Who was left out?’
That Town Car is a potential witness that could actually provide some very important clues.
Robin Sax notes ‘…there are still a lot more questions than answers in this case.’
Prosecutors said they are working with the Internal Revenue Service to seize bank accounts with rent money from medical marijuana stores.
Dr. Drew and experts asked her what it’s like to find out that someone you love has done awful and evil things.
Whether it’s the sheer mystery or the horrifying details of Gilbert’s last known moments, her case has galvanized public interest.
The International Human Trafficking Task Force (IHTTF) wants to combat human trafficking & support existing government efforts across global jurisdictions. We hope to increase the number of investigations, rescued victims and prosecutions of human traffickers.
Beltran entered the guilty plea to 10 counts involving nine female victims as charged.
“Empowering, not scaring, children is what allows them to handle the situation, while fear tends to make them freeze and may actually disable them if they need to act in an emergency.”
“Child Sexual Assault Prosecution: What I Know As A Prosecutor and What I Would Change”
Robin Sax featured in article discussing the dangers of criminal liability with IT firms in a new age of data sharing. Notes on reaches of security, privacy and other important aspects related to the law and involved in deciding liability. (not linked)
If abuse is suspected, Sax said it’s important for parents to let law enforcement take over. Evidence can be tainted and prosecutions derailed if parents confront suspected abusers or conduct their own investigations.
“The key to keeping such talks from being scary is for parents to assume that body/personal safety discussions are not scary.”
“… do not use fear or scare tactics to educate children on personal safety. This can often backfire because it goes against the objective to empower them.”
Parents should see the Web as a tool rather than a threat: “There’s no better way to communicate than learning their language.”
Tips offered to keep children safe from abusers, abductors
‘When children learn core safety values at a young age, it can then be adapted as they grow to take on new scenarios involving such things as the Internet.’ (not linked)
‘Fear is a paralyzing element. It doesn’t help anybody learn anything. Instead, use “teachable moments,” everyday incidents children experience that emphasize safety.
“I will be very shocked if Mel Gibson is not charged for the domestic abuse.”
‘A 2-year old can sing 26 letters in a row, so she can probably master ten digits.’
Rousseau allegedly picked up the boy in her car and took him across country lines to have sex. Rousseau, 33, is married with two children.
‘Parents must view protecting children from the potential of sexual assault as a priority. Teaching children preventive measures should be viewed as important as teaching kids how to dial 9-1-1.’
‘Veteran Hollywood producer Peter Bergman flew the ‘Justice Interrupted’ trio to New York to film a demo for a television show based on the concept behind their radio series.’
“He should be shutting up and thanking goodness for his sentence…”
‘Disappointingly, though, common-ground insights often get lost in broader panics over sex offenders.’
Robin Honored in 2010 Calendar
…as one of the outstanding women who have made a difference for women in politics.
One year after a veteran Santa Monica schoolteacher was arrested on sexual molestation charges, what has the School District done to enhance child safety?
Pets and Women’s Shelters (PAWS)® Program Spotlighted in New Book ‘Reaching the Bar’
The best thing that could be done to deter offenders is to raise the awareness in victims.
LA County DA, Robin Sax, wanted to empower parents to protect their children so she drew on her experience as a sex-crimes prosecutor.
Juries now tend to expect DNA evidence, whether or not there is DNA. Thanks to shows like CSI, jurors expect that crime scene analysts go out and “light up” crime scenes in order to find evidence of wrongdoing.
“They could walk the line,” said Robin Sax, a district attorney and expert on organized crime. But it was an impossible balancing act, and eventually the…”
When is it OK for a child to walk to school alone?
“The paranoia and concerns about a child’s safety should be balanced with the opportunity to give a child a feeling of independence,” offers Robin Sax. (note: not linked)
Robin Sax featured in National Law Journal lead story – speaking on lie detector technologies.
“It’s not like prosecutors think there’s a propofol murderer out there,” says Robin Sax, former Los Angeles prosecutor, saying he’s not a flight risk.
John Gardner III violated his parole at least five times after serving a sentence for molesting a girl in 2000.
The break-in to the Web site of Fox News talk show host Bill O’Reilly has gotten far less coverage than the so-called “hack” of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s e-mail account, but the story behind it is much more interesting.
Those who are never adopted are often abandoned by the state at 18 and end up undereducated, unemployed, impoverished and homeless.
A $5,000.00 reward is being offered for the information leading to an arrest and conviction in the February 2007 death of 21 year-old Joshua Whittier.
“Offenders like Gardner… seek to balance their feelings of lack of power by asserting power, or control, over people who are much weaker and unable to defend themselves.”
I think this is a terrible excuse for justice. It’s really unfortunate that Switzerland tried to get into the merits of the case.
The best way to prevent a crime against yourself, your child or loved ones is to learn the best practices in safety.
“…while I totally appreciate and want…a perfectly solid investigation to maximize prosecution, there are rights that the victims have in terms of status of the case.”
Begley notes: “It’s not the end, definitely not the end – we have a legal strategy.” Frustrated with prosecutors’ handling of the case, Begley hired her own attorney, Robin Sax.
John Gardner III violated his parole at least five times after serving a sentence for molesting a girl in 2000.
One Year Later – Michael Jackson’s doctor, Conrad Murray, on trial.
Approximately 20% of the regular judge’s court hearings will likely be rescheduled on a celebrity appearance date.
TMZ has learned Oksana has retained Robin Sax, a former L.A. County Deputy District Attorney.
“…here you have rape of an intoxicated person, sodomy of an intoxicated person, oral copulation of an intoxicated person. This isn’t like one random, out-of-the-blue act that could have been misinterpreted.”
Lindsay lives in this fantasy land, where she thinks, ‘A line of coke won’t show up in my system’.
Former prosecutor Robin Sax told “Good Morning America” Tuesday that the couple thinks they can get away with the crime they committed.
Sax told The Daily Beast that she was “sought out” by Grigorieva and spent two weeks counseling her.
Robin offers our readers her honest and frank advice on how to teach your children not to become and continue being a victim.
We have not made final decisions yet, Moe Dubois’ attorney, Robin Sax, said in an e-mail message regarding legal action.
Robin Sax notes, ‘It just doesn’t seem believable.’
“…this person knew what they were doing and it was hardly random.”
“He has enough money and the desire to keep fighting and I expect it all to be drawn out for years to come.”
Begley said the prosecutor tried to prevent her from speaking to the judge…
Sax tells Canyon News, “If anyone believes a person who has this type of restraining order against them is in violation of that order, they should contact police.
If we direct our efforts to education and prevention of child maltreatment, then we can effectively eliminate many of these later developing problems.
“Every time you’re in front of a court, you are selling your case,” explains Robin.
The police investigated the case, but when the teacher in question didn’t cooperate, they dropped the ball.
…the lawsuit alleges Noyes put his hand up her dress while she was asking him for help with her math problems.
Thus far, ten bodies have been found in this affluent Long Island community..
The girl’s mother said that they were sad that they had to do this and encouraged others to come forward if their child may have been molested.
Principal Ginger Sauter told them three times their daughter was no longer allowed to attend the school “given the nature of the allegations she made against Noyes.”
I caught up with two of our region’s most famed and distinguished attorneys to talk about three of the biggest cases currently in the national media.
In general, consent is legally defined as positively cooperating in and understanding the act in question, said Robin Sax.
‘If you’re the prosecutor, the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree and so he’s one other scumbag in the family of scumbags.’
Robin quoted on the case…
“Nothing gets better with age from the perspective of the prosecution,” said Robin Sax, a former deputy district attorney in Los Angeles who prosecuted sex crimes.
“Time only weakens prosecutions.”