Monday, November 05, 2012

People v. Anguiano (Cal. Ct. App. - Oct. 22, 2012)

You see a nontrivial number of people who are "Junior" -- e.g., "Hank Williams, Jr." -- convicted.  It is more unusual to see people who are "Seniors" convicted.

Happens here, though.  Big time.

I bet that Raymond Anguiano, Sr. wishes that he had stayed on the porch instead of running from the police.  But he'll have around sixty of his "golden years" to think about that decision.  Three Strikes plus.

P.S. - I wonder if there's a research study here.  Hypothesis:  Children given family names -- e.g., "Juniors" -- are less likely to end up in prison than others.  Even stronger for children given longer standing family names; e.g., "III" or "IV" (for example, Hurston Howell III).  Intuition:  Children with historical family names may be different on socioeconomic bases (e.g., more wealthy) and may also differentially be first-borns, and those factors may lead them to become incarcerated at a lower rate than others.  It may also be that being given the same name as your father suggests that the child has an actively involved father in his life, similarly leading to reduced incarceration rates.  Think I'm right?