Supreme court and stastistics

Alejandro Avila Trial

Case Identification

On July 15, 2002, a five-year-old girl, Samantha Runnion was kidnaped while playing with her friend outside her home at California condominium complex by Alejandro Avila. The accused pretended to ask for his missing Chihuahua after which he grabbed (kidnapped) the girl and forcefully pushed her into his car, after which the girl was sexually molested and strangled (Concannon, 2013).

The Courts Ruling

After the criminal act, the parents pressed charges. Since there was no particular evidence, the hearing was suspended.  On October 8th, 2002 the prosecutor, presented the first evidence of the kidnapping clamming that the DNA test results found of the girl’s fingers were the same as those of Alejandro Avila tissues. Subsequently to the hearing, on 2nd December the legal team of Alejandro Avila requested some more time for serious analysis over the DNA evidence presented to which the judge Francisco Briseno declined. Apart from the judges ruling the case was delayed since the evidence presents were not enough to accuse Mr. Alejandro, along with other developments such as the witness illness and could not avail for the court hearing on 18th November 2004. The delays carried on till the following year April 20, 2005, were pictures from the crime scene were presented to the court. Additionally, there were two more women including Alejandro former girlfriend who witnessed to the court of his harassment. Similarly, a computer expert dealing with the case also brought forth evidence that showed child pornography content on the defendant’s computer.


Conclusion of the Case

As a result of the proceedings and the evidence presented, Judge William R. Froeberg of the Orange County Superior Court rejected  Alejandro Avila plead for the court’s mercy over his acts and sentenced him to a death penalty, which happened at a court hearing on July 22, 2005

Topic Two

Person’s arrested for Federal Offenses

Analysis of the Table

In 2001 individuals who were arrested for any related federal offenses, drug offenses seemed to be the highest in that period as it amounted to 28.5% of all the crimes in that category. Immigration offenses came second with 21% score count amounting to 24794 cases, a 16.1% for supervisory cases followed third. The only other major crime in the category that gained more than 10% was property cases that amounted to 14.3%.  Although the property crime was the primary title for crimes like fraud, forgery, embezzlement and fraudulent, to which fraudulent was most popular in the sub category as it amounted to 11.4% of the 14.3% mark of the group. Other offenses like gambling offense, car theft, sexual abuse, child support and civil rights cases to name but a few, were not popular because they were below 1% of the total crimes (Maguire, 2016).

Explanation of the Data

The presented information of the year 2001, is as a result of the recorded data from all agencies involved in crime issues, the table represented an actual image of the situation on the ground. However, crimes such as tax violation, public order offense, and fraud were on an alarming mark as they counted more than 7% of the cases. Overwhelmingly, in relation to the statistics, murder and manslaughter cases were the most disturbing for the reason that for the year they recorded more than 4,843 personal cases.


Concannon, D. M. (2013). Kidnapping An Investigator’s Guide. Newnes.

Maguire, K. (Ed.). (2016). Sourcebook of criminal justice statisti

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