The Contra Costa County Board of Education has overturned the expulsion of a Deer Valley High School student who witnessed an after-school melee between students and police. Following a public hearing Wednesday, the board voted 3-1 to uphold the first of at least three appeals stemming from the March 7 incident at a service station a few blocks from the high school. Jivaka Candappa, the attorney who represented Ellis and two other students, including Housley, said the district's argument that Ellis posed a threat by running away was illogical. He had argued earlier that the school district's decision to expel was pre-determined.+ Read More
An Oakland woman mistakenly arrested seven times and who served six stints in jail filed a lawsuit against the city of Berkeley last week, claiming an array of civil rights violations over the past three years. Stancy Nesby, a 28-year-old mother of four, was arrested seven times in the past 15 months. Nesby's legal troubles began when a woman arrested on suspicion of cocaine possession in 2001 allegedly gave Nesby's name to authorities, prompting police to be on the lookout for Nesby instead of the true suspect, said her attorney, Jivaka Candappa.+ Read More
Lawsuits and newspaper stories aren't doing Stancy Nesby any good -- she keeps getting arrested. Nesby isn't America's Most Wanted or a career criminal. She's a victim herself, ensnared by the legal system in a case of identity theft. "I tried to show them the newspaper, but they would not look at it," Nesby said. "I was on the phone with my lawyer, and they told me to hang up. It was terrible. All those people on that block heard me screaming because they were twisting my arms." Her lawyer, Jivaka Candappa, said police had no business approaching Nesby in the first place and accused them of doing so only because she is African American. "This was total profiling," Candappa said.+ Read More
An Oakland woman was detained six times, arrested on five occasions and spent four stints in jail over the course of 15 months, all because San Francisco authorities failed to void warrants mistakenly issued for her arrest, according to a lawsuit she has filed against the city. "It's hard to believe it happened," said her attorney, Jivaka Candappa.+ Read More
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