Monday, November 16, 2015

Daily Corrections Clips


 By Soumya Karlagmangla, Los Angeles Times

When Hilda Sims earned her release from prison last year after serving 22 years for murder, she got something that could dramatically reduce the odds that she'd ever have to return: health insurance.
For years, many who left California lockups on parole or probation would do so without easy access to medical care. For someone like Sims, who survived breast cancer behind bars, that meant health problems might go untreated or result in big medical bills just as they were struggling to return to society.


Fatal San Francisco dog maul case back in spotlight
By Howard Mintz, San Jose Mercury News

It has been nearly 15 years since the nation was riveted by the tragic story of a Saint Mary's College women's lacrosse coach who was fatally mauled by two Presa Canario dogs in a San Francisco apartment building.
But the saga is not yet complete.
On Monday, a federal appeals court will hear Marjorie Knoller's latest attempt to overturn her unique second-degree murder conviction for the 2001 death of her neighbor, 33-year-old Diane Whipple, who was attacked by two dogs named Bane and Hera.

By Madison Wade, KRCR News

RED BLUFF, Calif. -
A Red Bluff man, who spent more than a decade in prison before being exonerated in October, was back in a Tehama County courtroom on Thursday fighting for his innocence.
Larry Pohlschneider was convicted by a jury for child molestation in 2001. He served 15 years of a 24 year sentence. His conviction was overturned due to an unfair trial.

A wrongfully convicted man says in a lawsuit filed this week that Ventura County prosecutors and sheriff’s officials violated his civil rights when they imprisoned him for 36 years for a murder he didn’t commit.
Michael Ray Hanline, who was freed from custody last year, filed the lawsuit Thursday in U.S. District Court against the Ventura County district attorney's office and sheriff's department, saying his youth and the years he could have spent with his family were taken from him as he wrongfully sat behind bars. The lawsuit did not specify damages.

By Scott Herhold, InsideBayArea

Among his fellow inmates, David Losoya was known for having "buzzard luck." Convicted of killing a retired police officer in Watsonville in 1977, he spent 37 years in California's prisons, largely in restricted cell blocks sometimes known as solitary.

The rumor in Nuestra Familia circles was always that Losoya, who died last June at Corcoran State Prison, was innocent. Now the Northern California Innocence Project, a Santa Clara-based organization, is preparing a request for a posthumous pardon from Gov. Jerry Brown.

By DON THOMPSON - The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Three young men from wealthy San Francisco Bay Area families spent more than a year working on their perfect crime.
They converted three prisoner transport vans, built an underground bunker to hold their hostages, even made a lead box to hold the $5 million in ransom