Andrea Russi

The death penalty and the Three Strikes Law are unfair and costly

Rebecca Silbert, Andrea Russi’s report cited in San Jose Mercury News, October 31, 2012

A study on exonerations by the UC Berkeley School of Law and Hollway Advisory Services, a criminal justice research firm, found California leads the nation with 120 since 1989. That’s more than Texas (100) and New York (100). More than 40 percent of those wrongful convictions involved prisoners who were sentenced to more than 20 years.

California leads the nation in wrongful convictions

Jeanne Woodford, Rebecca Silbert, Andrea Russi quoted in The People’s Vanguard of Davis, Oct. 25, 2012

“This research shows that our criminal justice system makes mistakes more often than we think With 200 wrongful convictions and counting, just since 1989, it isclear that our justice system is deeply flawed,” said Jeanne Woodford.

“The project’s final analysis will include the time, money and resources wasted on all cases that were overturned and dismissed due to misconduct and legal errors, including those where innocent people are wrongfully charged,” said Rebecca Silbert.

“We owe it to everyone involved, including the victims, to identify problems and work towards a more fair and accountable justice system,” said Andrea Russi.

A similar article appeared in The New Republic.

Andrea Russi Comments on Plan to Hire Felons

ABC-7 TV San Francisco, October 18, 2011 Host Mark Matthews

At UC Berkeley, Andrea Russi headed a study on increasing employment opportunities for people with prior convictions. She says similar plans have been tried, but didn’t catch on. “And part of that maybe that it requires, you know, some paperwork and jumping though some hoops to be able to get the tax credit,” said Russi.

Andrea Russi Notes Expansive Impact of Brady v. Maryland

Times-Standard, April 22, 2011 by Thadeus Greenson

Over the decades, the reach of the Brady ruling has expanded, and it now requires that prosecutors turn over any material that might impeach a witness or their testimony…. Some are even starting to craft “Brady lists”—lists of officers whose mere involvement in a case will trigger automatic disclosures. “This can, obviously, create a tremendous amount of anxiety among officers,” Russi said. “It’s incredibly serious. It can impact a person’s career or even end it.”

Andrea Russi Explains Barry Bonds’ Obstruction of Justice Charge

KQED-FM, April 13, 2011 Host Stephanie Martin

“The obstruction charge here referred basically to the same conduct as the perjury charge, but it also included evasive and misleading testimony. One possibility would be that the jury felt the prosecution had not proved that Bonds lied or committed perjury beyond a reasonable doubt. But that he had acted in some sort of evasive or misleading way that wasn’t quite lying.”

Andrea Russi Answers Legal Questions in “Gizmodo” Case

The Wall Street Journal, Digits, April 27, 2010 by Shira Ovide

“There’s a penal code section, California penal code 485, which says if you find lost property and you have some ability to find out who the owner is, you have an obligation to do that. I think the guy who found the phone and knew whose phone it was, could be charged with theft. Gizmodo, I think, could be charged with receipt of stolen property. In order to charge them, [Gizmodo] would have to know the phone was stolen.”