Tuesday, September 13, 2005

People v. Love (Cal. Ct. App. - Aug. 29, 2005)

Gotta love the caption on this one. Made me want to find out just how many California appellate opinions are named "People v. Love". 'Cause we're California, after all. We should be in favor of love. Not agin' it.

The answer: 32. This one is the latest one: against Latasha Renee Love, for receiving stolen property and failure to appear. Stolen love, no doubt. The earliest People of the State of California v. Love? For that, you'll have to go back to the California Supreme Court's opinion in People v. Love, 19 Cal. 676 (1862). During the Civil War. About a decade after California joined the United States. A bail forfeiture case. When the aptly-named Samuel Love put up $1000 to bail out his friend George Dodge. For larceny. Which was then forfeited by -- you guessed it -- Dodge's failure to appear.

So a theft and a subsequent failure to appear. 143 years apart. And both named People v. Love.

The more things change, the more things stay the same.