Dennis Beaver | You & the Law

DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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February 15, 2019 • By Dennis Beaver

“I am a police detective in a small Northern California town for and enjoy your column which appears in the Eureka Times-Standard. It is one of the first things that I and a number of fellow officers read and discuss.

“Several months ago you wrote a timely article about the threat to the presumption of innocence. While a police officer might strongly believe that a suspect is guilty, without conducting an investigation, and lacking credible proof of wrongdoing, you can’t just go around arresting people, tossing them in jail and destroying their reputations.

“Fundamental fairness is something that we should all be entitled to, especially people who lack the power to defend themselves. And, Mr. Beaver, I am writing you because one such person is my 19 year-old, college freshman son, Rick, facing expulsion from college, accused of plagiarism on an open book test. We need your help.”

“Use Any Source – Your Textbook, Newspaper Articles, the Internet”

As I learned, Rick has a full-scholarship to a mid-western Christian college. The teaching assistant for his U.S. History class administered an “Open Book” test–which I have seen including the young man’s answers. Test instructions only state, “You may use any source – textbook, newspaper articles, including the internet.”…click here to read more