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Jurors are usually sympathetic toward police officers and even when prosecutors get a conviction, the sentence may be reduced.
By Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writer
Murder charges against on-duty police officers — such as the one announced by Orange County prosecutors in the Fullerton beating case — are rarely filed, and successful prosecutions in such cases are almost unheard of in California.
Legal experts said jurors who are naturally sympathetic toward law enforcement are not easily persuaded that an officer has committed the ultimate crime, even after seeing video of the death.
There will be a DUI checkpoint Friday night in San Juan Capistrano.
From 6:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m., the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will also be on the lookout for unlicensed drivers.
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