Andrea Roth

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.”

SF family of man killed by neighbor calls for murder charge

Franklin Zimring and Andrea Roth quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, May 8, 2014

“The question is whether there’s an imminent threat of bodily injury, and home invasion is very high on the list of things people get frightened of, particularly in the middle of the night,” said Franklin Zimring. “This case is well within the confines of circumstances where citizens will not be criminally prosecuted.”

Andrea Roth said that if a jury was asked to determine whether a shooter in Kachepa’s situation reasonably feared for his life, the panel would be “allowed to consider that this was an elderly man at 2 a.m. who faced an intruder who broke the doorknob.”

News Buzz: Advances in DNA testing

Andrea Roth interviewed by Iowa Public Radio, December 6, 2013

“It’s certainly given them an added powerful tool. Every day you hear media reports about cold cases being solved by DNA, but a lot depends on the case. I don’t think many people necessarily realize that a DNA match doesn’t mean that it’s definitely the DNA of the person whose DNA is found at a crime scene from 20 years ago.”

Inside a dysfunctional Contra Costa jury

Andrea Roth quoted in Contra Costa Times, September 28, 2013

Andrea Roth, a UC Berkeley law school professor specializing in criminal law and procedure, said a disgruntled, contentious jury is not necessarily bad. “We’re a pluralist society and disagree on all sorts of things, and that’s part of the beauty of it,” she said. “Deliberations are supposed to be heated and passionate; that’s why (judges) don’t venture too much into the box. … Jurors are not supposed to check their common sense at the door; they are supposed to bring their life experiences to the deliberations.”

Stand-your-ground the rule in state, courts affirm

Andrea Roth quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2012

Most states had similar rules until 30 or 40 years ago, when some passed laws barring a claim of self-defense outside the home if the person could have fled safely, said Andrea Roth, a UC Berkeley law professor…. “California’s law perpetuates the old frontier rule,” she said. “This is not some new brainchild of the NRA.”