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Cron, Israels & Stark in the News & Media
Attorney Steve Cron has been asked to comment on many celebrities legal troubles. Here are some of the magazines and major news agencies that have quoted him as a source.
March 14, 2016, UCLA Daily Bruin - Attorney Steve Cron examines evidence against his client during the preliminary hearing who has been charged with the murder of a UCLA student. During the hearing, Mr. Cron emphasized his client's clean record, good academic standing and family support throughout the hearing in his final statement. He said he thinks his client was not aware that the co-defendant planned to rob the victims apartment.
January 20, 2014, ABC 7 News Los Angeles - Steve Cron examines the case of an alleged victim of sexual abuse by her high school teacher back in 1999. The victim called her former female teacher during a news conference after discovering she was working as an assistant at Alhambra High School. The conservation was posted on YouTube and went viral with over 150,000 views. The teacher soon resigned from her job. In the video, the alleged victim says she was sexually abused for years, beginning at the age of 12, by a then-middle school teacher in Riverside. Steve discussed the legal implications of secretly recording a conservation unless you are working with law enforcement.
November 15, 2011, Huffington Post - Los Angeles criminal attorney Steve Cron offers his legal opinion about an Illinois man who was convicted of murder and won a retrial on the basis that the 30-year-sentence he is currently serving is not harsh enough. Typically, a convicted murderer in Illinois faces between 20 and 60 years in prison, with a 15 year enhancement in cases involving a firearm. That means that Deanda should have received a minimum 35-year deal and thus the plea deal he accepted is void. Steve Cron stated "it's much harder to try a case 10 years later. The prosecution may be thinking they are going to have a tough time now, as they go back and start from scratch to recreate the case." Steve believes the big question is "why now?" Steve said "it makes you wonder whether the defendant found new evidence or if a witness is no longer available." Steve believes the defendant is rolling the dice by reopening the case.
October 3, 2011, Fox News - One of the big questions that remained unanswered is when exactly did Michael Jackson die? Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron was asked to provide his expert legal opinion. Mr. Cron replied "We don't know. There is no way of telling. We don't know how long the propofol was in his system. If he was dead on arrival or dead at the hospital."
February 5, 2011, Fox News - Attorney Steve Cron comments about Lindsay Lohan facing prison time if she is convicted of stealing a $2,500 necklace from a Venice jewelry store. Mr. Cron said she may very well be prosecuted over the incident, although it is unlikely she would be sentenced to a full three years. He stated: "There is a likelihood. It seems to me that she got caught stealing that necklace and it appears that somebody talked her into returning it a week later and had someone drop it off but it was too little too late. She had already stolen it, so I think she will get prosecuted. It's unlikely that she is going to get 3 years in state prison because although she's screwed up repeatedly on probation, but she certainly can get a lot more time in county jail. Judge Fox could give her 6 months for violating probation in Beverly Hills and another judge who hears the case on grand theft could decide to send her for more time in county jail or he could send her to state prison. It's more likely that she is going to go to an extended period in county jail. It wouldn't be 30 or 60 days, it's going to be a substantially longer sentence than that."
January 25, 2011, Associated Press - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron shares his legal expertise after Dr. Conrad Murray pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death in 2009. A coroner testified that Mr. Jackson died of a propofol overdose in combination with other drugs. Dr. Murray had admitted administering the drug after other failed attempts to get him to sleep with other drugs. Murray said he left the room for two minutes then returned to find Mr. Jackson not breathing. He delayed calling 911 for about 25 minutes while trying to revive him. In this Associated Press article, Mr. Cron says: "If I were advising him, I would be talking to the district attorney to see what they would be willing to accept. An offer of probation with community service and temporary suspension of Murray's medical license would be worth considering if it were proposed. I think there's a good chance he's going to go down on this, If they go to trial, they've got a lot of explaining to do."
January 10, 2011, AOLNews.com - Criminal defense attorney Steve Cron offers his legal opinion regarding suspect, Jared Loughner, who is charged with attempted assassination of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in a rampage that killed six people and would 13 others. Mr. Cron believes there is a chance the suspect might never see the inside of a prison cell due to an insanity defense. Steve says "a defense lawyer is going to point to his history, they'll say the acts he is accused of committing would have obviously been done by someone who is insane. This trail of rambling, half-crazed comments he supposedly left on Internet websites, and the fact that he got kicked out of school for disruptive behavior, will be brought up in court. A defense lawyer is going to look at it and say this is a troubled and disoriented guy who doesn't know what he is doing."
January 3, 2011, Westlaw News & Insight - LA criminal attorney Steve Cron gives his legal opinion on Michael Jackson's doctor facing involuntary manslaughter criminal charges. Dr. Conrad Murray was Jackson's physician in 2009 when he died from a fatal overdose of a powerful drug used for sleeping. Murray has admitted injecting Jackson with the powerful anesthetic propofol, which has been determined to be the key factor in his death. Mr. Cron said Murray's lawyers may pursue a different defense if the case does go beyond the preliminary phase. If that occurs, Cron said testimony of medical experts will be key given that Murray was alone with Jackson in his last waking hours. "It's going to be a case of dueling experts. Whose expert is more credible and why," he said.
December 23, 2010, Associated Press - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron comments on Lindsay Lohan's misdemeanor battery charges on an employee at the Betty Ford Clinic. Mr. Cron said the thought the Betty Ford employee clearly violated federal laws, and may have actually aided Lohan from being punished by a Los Angeles judge overseeing her probation for an old drunk driving case.
October 29, 2010, The Independent - Criminal lawyer Steve Cron offers his legal opinion on the conviction of Anna Nicole Smith's boyfriend and psychiatrist for providing her with the prescription drugs that led to her death. Steve comments: "They were found guilty of conspiracy, rather than of being directly responsible for her death, which of course is less serious. But in a high-profile case, like this, I would expect them to both get jail time."
September 29, 2010, AOL News - Criminal lawyer Steve Cron comments on the arrest of two Rutgers University students on charges they illegally streamed video of a classmate's gay sexual encounter over the internet. The classmate committed suicide after learning he had been secretly videotaped.
July 13, 2010, USA Today - Attorney Steve Cron offers his legal opinion on Mel Gibson's tape recordings where he unleashes a barrage of insults, racial slurs and threats toward his ex-girlfriend. Steve believes Mr. Gibson could face felony charges of making criminal threats.
July 8, 2010, AOL News - Criminal defense attorney Steve Cron comments on Lindsay Lohan's upcoming jail sentence for probation violation saying in part; "her stay there will be unpleasant enough that she won't forget it...the point is to say, you better take this seriously, and if you don't, you are going to keep going back and forth to jail."
July 7, 2010, Hollywoodlife.com - Attorney Steve Cron offers his legal opinion on Lindsay Lohan's 90 day jail and rehab sentence for violating the terms of her probation. Steve believes Lindsay was not given a harsher treatment because of her celebrity status.
July 3, 2010, Rightpundits.com - "Mel Gibson's Racist Rant" - Attorney Steve Cron comments: “If it is true that Mel threatened to burn her (ex-girlfriend) house down, that could be considered a criminal terrorist threat. A terrorist threat can be anything designed to induce harm or kill another individual, it does not have to come from Al-Qaeda to be classified as terrorism."
July 3, 2010, Salem-News.com, Oregon - Santa Monica criminal attorney Steve Cron comments on physicians who knowingly participate in patients scam who go "doctor shopping" to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same medication.
July 2, 2010, Fox News - Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron comments on Mel Gibson's threat to ex-girlfriend that could be classified as terrorism.
June 29, 2010, AOL News - Attorney Steve Cron gives his legal opinion on individual and celebrities who go "doctor shopping" to obtain multiple prescriptions for the same medication.
June 25, 2010, Associated Press - Attorney Steve Cron offers his opinion on Michael Jackon's father filing a wrongful death lawsuit against Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray.
June 19, 2010, AOL News - Attorney Steve Cron comments on leaked crime scene photos of evidence against Joran van der Sloot in murder case in Lima, Peru.
June 17, 2010, KTVA, Alaska, CBS News - Steve Cron comments on celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton posting a photo of Myley Cyrus on his twitter page.
June 17, 2010, USAToday.com - Attorney Steve Cron answers questions from FoxNews whether Perez Hilton could face child pornography charges after posting provocative photos of Miley Cyrus on Twitter.
June 17, 2010, CBS News Early Show - Attorney Steve Cron offers his opinion on the Miley Cyrus Photo Controversy after blogger Perez Hilton posted photos of her on the internet.
June 10, 2010, FOXNews.com - Attorney Steve Cron comments on Lindsay Lohan's possible jail time due to setting off her SCRAM alcohol screening device.
Life & Style on Michael Jackson's Murder Investigation
Santa Monica Criminal Defense Lawyer Steve Cron Tells Life & Style. "Murder is a homicide committed with malice. Manslaughter is any homicide that doesn't involve malice."
Star on Britney Spears Divorce to Kevin Federline
Renowned Hollywood Divorce Attorney Steve Cron (who doesn't represent Brit) tells Star, "A prenup is not necessarily ironclad, so potentially Britney and Kevin could be fighting for years."
Life & Style on Elen DeGeneres Marriage to Portia De Rossi
Santa Monica based lawyer Steve Cron tells Life & Style. "But lawyers arguing on behalf of the couples already married will say that Proposition 8 is a constitutional amendment, and constitutional amendments don't go into effect retroactively."
Star on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Adoptions
What's in a surname? "Legally changing the children's names to Jolie-Pitt [which Angelina did last December] does not make Brad the adoptive parent," explains L.A. divorce attorney Steve Cron. "It does not give Brad any parenting rights. Legally adopting the children requires the courts to evaluate the proposed parent."
People on Lindsay Lohan DUI Arrest
Chances of a plea bargain to avoid jail are slim. "Prosecutors are going to wary of her, as are judges, says L.A. defense attorney Steve Cron, "because she's out of control."
In Touch Weekly on Anna Nicole Smith's death
"She could've said, 'I give everything to my daughter,' and then the big issue is, who is going to be the executor of the will?" says attorney Steve Cron. "The courts can't just hand a $400 million check to Dannielynn. The caretaker stands to get a lot of money."
Star on Mel Gibson's Marriage trouble
"Everything you earn in marriage in California is community property, to be divided evenly," Beverly Hills attorney Steve Cron tells Star. "But once a couple is legally separated, earning from that point on become separate property."
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