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Berkeley Client Not Charged for Possession of a Knife

Our client from Berkeley was cited for a violation of Penal Code Section 21510(b) – (possession of a switchblade knife), during a protest at UC Berkeley. After a lengthy investigation and numerous contacts and negotiations with the police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office, no criminal charges were filed.


“The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.”
- Bryan Stevenson