Recent Harvard Study on Prosecutorial Misconduct Debunked by Orange County District Attorney’s Office

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Special Prosecutions Unit announced that it has debunked the false information put out by the Fair Punishment Project (FPP), a newly formed group affiliated with Harvard Law School, when it fact-checked the report as part of the Unit’s conviction integrity function. The public is being misled about the record and the integrity of the prosecutors in the OCDA.

Quirk-Silva Bill to Protect Peace Officers Becomes Law

Assembly Bill 1459 (AB 1459) by Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Orange County) was signed into law, by Governor Jerry Brown. AB 1459 would clarify that all killings in which the victim was a peace officer engaged in the performance of his or her duties, are considered first degree murder for purposes of the gravity of the offense and the support of survivors.

OCTA Seeks Public Input on Open Space Preserves

Public input is being sought on draft plans released this week that will guide the management of valuable wildlife and habitat on the Orange County Transportation Authority’s open space properties in the Aliso Canyon Preserve in Laguna Beach and Hayashi Preserve in Brea.

Círculos High School Joins XQ School Cohort

XQ Institute announced Círculos High School as the newest addition to the cohort of XQ schools, as part of the organization’s mission to rethink and redesign high school. The Santa Ana Unified School District high school will be awarded $2.5 million over the next five years. With an innovative and visionary proposal, the school will join the cohort of XQ schools as a key driver for change, making high school more relevant, engaging and effective for every student, everywhere.