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Malcolm Feeley in the news:



Barry White Jr.’s road to double murder charges

Malcolm Feeley and Franklin Zimring quoted in Contra Costa Times, August 29, 2013

“What the judge did was perfectly reasonable in my judgment,” said UC Berkeley law professor Malcolm Feeley. “It’s just one of the tragedies with a criminal justice system that presumes innocence before guilt and allows bail. Some people take advantage of that.”

Criminal law professor Frank Zimring questioned why White’s 2009 criminal case had not been litigated more promptly. “Why the hell wasn’t this case disposed of years ago?” he said. “If you want to remove him from the streets, go convict him.”


Gov. Jerry Brown vows fight with judges over prisons

Malcolm Feeley quoted in Los Angeles Times, April 12, 2013

Brown and the judges are “going eyeball to eyeball and hoping one of them is going to blink,” said Malcolm Feeley, a law professor at UC Berkeley and author of a book about federal courts and prison reform.


Malcolm Feeley Explains Prosecution Strategy in Auto-Fatality Case

The Tribune, June 21, 2011 by Nick Wilson
http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2011/06/20/1650145/driver-in-fatal-avila-beach-crash.html

Professor Malcolm Feeley said that, typically, prosecutors look at a suspect’s criminal record and the circumstances of the crash when trying to decide whether to charge a driving fatality as second-degree murder…. “Prosecutors also are famous for charging at one level and then reducing charges as the case continues,” Feeley said. “Certainly any charge is a bargaining chip, and prosecutors usually offer something in the way of reduction.”


Malcolm Feeley Says Criminal Trials Delayed by Poor Preparation

SF Weekly, November 10, 2010 by Peter Jamison
http://www.sfweekly.com/2010-11-10/news/obstruction-of-justice/

Malcolm Feeley, a professor at the UC Berkeley Law School, says there’s another, less obvious reason for delays: inadequate preparation by prosecutors…. “It’s a very passive process, where everybody is waiting to see what everybody else wants to do,” he says. “If prosecutors could spend more time investigating their cases, or if they’d just read the file ahead of time, they could move them along.”


Malcolm Feeley Explains Power of Plea Bargains

Contra Costa Times, October 26, 2010 by Thadeus Greenson
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_16435677

Those wondering whether plea agreements are necessary need only talk to California’s judges, prosecutors and defense attorneys, said UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law professor Malcolm Feeley. “They’ll tell you that plea bargaining is the grease that oils the wheels of justice because it’s the way cases can be handled rapidly,” Feeley said.


Franklin Zimring and Malcolm Feeley Discuss Pros of Plea Bargains

Contra Costa Times, June 4, 2010 by Thadeus Greenson
http://www.contracostatimes.com/california/ci_15226179?nclick_check=1

“Plea negotiations are not common in California criminal justice, they’re pervasive,” said Franklin Zimring, William G. Simon Professor of Law … adding that more than 90 percent of criminal cases in the state end with guilty pleas.

“In a world in which so many sentences are draconian and the prosecutor has the capability to lay on so many charges just to build up huge liabilities, the answer is there should be some flexibility,” Feeley said.


Malcolm Feeley Discusses Secrecy in Grand Jury Indictment of Ghilarducci

Times-Standard, November 7, 2009 by John Driscoll and Thadeus Greenson
http://www.times-standard.com/localnews/ci_13736590

The secrecy of grand jury proceedings is designed to give jurors the ability to reflect on the information while protecting the names of people who may have done nothing wrong, Feeley said. “They do it to allow themselves the freedom to have a full and frank discussion of things,” Feeley said.


Malcolm Feeley and Margo Rodriguez Discuss Career Options for Ph.D. Law Grads

The Daily Californian, August 26, 2009 by Angelica Dongallo
http://www.dailycal.org/article/106344/uc_berkeley_doctorates_still_prove_valuable

“Are they worried about their prospects? I think everyone is,” said Margo Rodriguez, student affairs officer in the jurisprudence and social policy program at Boalt Hall School of Law.

While most students who obtain doctoral degrees from UC Berkeley end up becoming academics, those who do not end up becoming educators are likely affected by factors other than their ability to land a job at a college or university. “All of them could if they wanted,” said law Professor Malcolm Feeley, saying that some students who go through both the doctoral program and jurisprudence programs at Boalt Hall decide they enjoy practicing law after all or pursue other non-academic professions.