CAL in the Courts

DLRA Resentencing Proceeding Makes News; Resentencing Won


In People v. Tyrone Ford,  Justice Hayes agreed with CAL attorney Ben Heiss, over the strenuous objections of the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor, that Mr. Ford was a non-violent, low-level drug offender whose active efforts to improve himself and change his life for the better entitled him to resentencing.  His parole violations and rearrests were not reason to deny the application, Justice Hayes found.  Because of Mr. Ford's past as a child musical prodigy who had been honored and mentored by President Reagan and Nancy Reagan, the story garnered an unusual amount of media attention, reported on in newspapers across the country.