Andrea Roth

In his first criminal cases, Neil Gorsuch already mirroring Scalia

Andrea Roth cited by The Daily Signal, May 3, 2017

Berkeley law professor Andrea Roth summed up Stuntz’s argument, saying that these rules … have “rendered trials too expensive” and complex for anyone but elite lawyers to tackle. In turn, writes Roth, this “has driven prosecutors and lawmakers to seek ways to avoid trial and force pleas through draconian sentencing schemes, a skewed focus on easily detected urban drug crimes mostly committed by racial minorities, and ever-expanding substantive criminal law.”

Initiatives will improve criminal justice system

Andrea Roth quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), Nov. 7, 2016

“In these cases, we know that errors — such as faulty eyewitness reports, inaccurate forensic evidence, false confessions and more — led to wrongful conviction because of DNA testing,” Roth said.

Amid weed wars, stoned-driving laws still half-baked

Andrea Roth quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, July 30, 2016

“The well-acknowledged truth is that there is no known relationship between THC blood levels and increased relative crash risk,” Roth wrote in a California Law Review paper. If anything, she said, the studies suggest “that drivers with only THC in their blood are not causing a disproportionate number of fatal crashes.”

East Bay cops to get pot breath tests

Andrea Roth quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 2, 2015

“For many people out there, the concern about drugged driving is one of the main political hindrances to supporting legalization,” she said. “And I think anything that could be seen as a legitimate way of dealing with DUI-marijuana can only help the legalization movement.”

Ex-officer convicted in Matthew Ajibade case allowed to serve time on weekends

Andrea Roth quoted in The Guardian, Nov. 9, 2015

“It is the type of creative sentence that in one sense seems a great reform move because it allows people to serve time while keeping their jobs, thus promoting re-entry and life stability,” said Andrea Roth. … “One would hope, however, that all defendants, and not just sheriff’s deputies, would get the benefit of such creative sentencing practices.”

Increased use of police cameras raises new questions

Andrea Roth quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, July 25, 2015

“We never got to see up close the encounter between the officer and Sandra Bland in the car,” she said. She added that officers know where the camera’s lens is fixed and can often “essentially choose what to put on the camera and what not to put on the camera.”