Charles Weisselberg

Charles Weisselberg Clarifies State and Federal Definitions of ‘Conviction’

KTUU-TV, Oct. 31, 2008 by Jason Lamb and Rebecca Palsha

A professor of Law at Berkeley Law School, Charles Weisselberg said the term “conviction” can be used in two different contexts. “We’ll often hear the word conviction when the jury returns a verdict of guilty,” said Weisselberg. “That’s the most common and well-understood use of the word. But in federal court, a conviction isn’t made final in the trial court until the person has been sentenced.”

Charles Weisselberg Questions Oakland Detective Longmire’s Interference in Bailey Case, Oct. 26, 2008 by The Chauncey Bailey Project

Charles Weisselberg said what is significant is that with Longmire arranging for Bey IV to come to the police station, [Detective] Arotzarena lost control of the case…. Because Bey IV came in with Longmire to surrender, Arotzarena “no longer had control of when (he) was going to arrest or have first contact with … Bey IV.” Arotzarena “was very specific in stating that he had never asked for Bey IV to come down to the police department,” Weisselberg said.

Charles Weisselberg Warns Terror Trials May Erode Civilian Protections

Miller-McCun Magazine, July 11, by Ryan Blitstein

Weisselberg believes the judicial ripple effects may reach beyond accused terrorists, with criminal law and procedures from terrorism trials bleeding over to federal cases…. “I don’t think there will be a way to protect U.S. law against these influences, even if we were to remove many cases from the federal courts system,” he said….. Despite his worries, Weisselberg hopes these theories won’t come to fruition. “I’d be happy,” he said, “to be proved wrong.”

Charles Weisselberg Insists Prosecutors Must Disclose, Not Withhold Evidence

San Jose Mercury News, March 6, by Fredric N. Tulsky

Experts also said it is the prosecutor’s duty to reveal evidence regardless of whether the defense already knows it exists or whether they think a judge will admit it. Not only might their assessment be wrong, said Charles D. Weisselberg … but if nothing else the evidence could provide leads for defense attorneys to investigate.

Charles Weisselberg on Police Response to Modesto Man’s Suicide

Modesto Bee, July 25, by Emilie Raguso

“This is a situation where the response of police would be questioned almost any way they decided to go…If a person has weapons and police attempt to force entry, that’s dangerous to officers. They might have to use deadly force to disarm someone with an automatic weapon, and that could lead to the same outcome the officers were trying to avoid.”