Category Archives: Law

GUNS IN OUR SOCIETY

first published in Medium, December 29, 2019 The trigger pull on children’s squirt guns (aka toy water pistols) being tested, 2017. What Everybody Missed About the Legal Case that Helped Elect a President By Matt Gonzalez Four and ½ years ago

GUNS IN OUR SOCIETY

first published in Medium, December 29, 2019 The trigger pull on children’s squirt guns (aka toy water pistols) being tested, 2017. What Everybody Missed About the Legal Case that Helped Elect a President By Matt Gonzalez Four and ½ years ago

CHESA BOUDIN FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

first published in Medium, November 1, 2109 Chesa Boudin with other attorneys on the steps of the California State Building, August 11, 2109. Photo by Smeeta Mahanti / Chesa4DA. Who’s Afraid of Chesa Boudin? By Matt Gonzalez In the final

CHESA BOUDIN FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

first published in Medium, November 1, 2109 Chesa Boudin with other attorneys on the steps of the California State Building, August 11, 2109. Photo by Smeeta Mahanti / Chesa4DA. Who’s Afraid of Chesa Boudin? By Matt Gonzalez In the final

GARCIA ZARATE TRIAL

first published in The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2019 Courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer. L-R in the foreground: Danielle Thompson (investigator), Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (defendant), Zach Dillon (paralegal/attorney); L-R in the background: Matt Gonzalez (attorney), Samuel Feng (judge), Paul Endo

GARCIA ZARATE TRIAL

first published in The Trial Lawyer, Winter 2019 Courtroom sketch by Vicki Behringer. L-R in the foreground: Danielle Thompson (investigator), Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (defendant), Zach Dillon (paralegal/attorney); L-R in the background: Matt Gonzalez (attorney), Samuel Feng (judge), Paul Endo

JEFF ADACHI

Eulogy for San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, March 4, 2019 1:04:50 introduction of Matt Gonzalez by Rudy Corpuz; 1:05:48 Matt Gonzalez begins to speak. Eulogy for Jeff Adachi (1959-2019) by Matt Gonzalez The following are the remarks made by

JEFF ADACHI

Eulogy for San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, March 4, 2019 1:04:50 introduction of Matt Gonzalez by Rudy Corpuz; 1:05:48 Matt Gonzalez begins to speak. Eulogy for Jeff Adachi (1959-2019) by Matt Gonzalez The following are the remarks made by

GARCIA ZARATE TRIAL

first published in Medium, July 2, 2108 Photograph of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on San Francisco’s Pier 14 taken by Jay Martin on May 23, 2015. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Did Not Receive a Fair Trial: 10 Examples By Matt Gonzalez “When

GARCIA ZARATE TRIAL

first published in Medium, July 2, 2108 Photograph of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on San Francisco’s Pier 14 taken by Jay Martin on May 23, 2015. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate Did Not Receive a Fair Trial: 10 Examples By Matt Gonzalez “When

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ILLEGAL ART

first published in Illegal (San Francisco: Luggage Store Gallery, 2018)   NOTHING IS ILLEGAL FOREVER Matt Gonzalez In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith wrote: “Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is, in

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ILLEGAL ART

first published in Illegal (San Francisco: Luggage Store Gallery, 2018)   NOTHING IS ILLEGAL FOREVER Matt Gonzalez In The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith wrote: “Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of property, is, in

S.F. Judges Election

first published in Medium, May 11, 2018 Democrats for Judge: Maria Evangelista, Niki Solis, Phoenix Streets, & Kwixuan Maloof. Photo by Elizabeth Cermak. The Thin Black Line A group of high-level California judges have mounted a dangerous public campaign against four

S.F. Judges Election

first published in Medium, May 11, 2018 Democrats for Judge: Maria Evangelista, Niki Solis, Phoenix Streets, & Kwixuan Maloof. Photo by Elizabeth Cermak. The Thin Black Line A group of high-level California judges have mounted a dangerous public campaign against four

SANCTUARY CITIES

first published in BeyondChron.org, August 1, 2017 San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi addressing news media at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice following Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s arraignment, July 7, 2015. Photo by Michael Macor for the San Francisco Chronicle.

SANCTUARY CITIES

first published in BeyondChron.org, August 1, 2017 San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi addressing news media at San Francisco’s Hall of Justice following Jose Ines Garcia Zarate’s arraignment, July 7, 2015. Photo by Michael Macor for the San Francisco Chronicle.

LOADED GUN & AUTO BREAK-INS

first published in 48 hills, July 21, 2017 Federal agent’s loaded gun, left unsecured in a car, killed Kate Steinle So why is all the attention on an immigrant who was at the end of an unfortunate chain of events?

LOADED GUN & AUTO BREAK-INS

first published in 48 hills, July 21, 2017 Federal agent’s loaded gun, left unsecured in a car, killed Kate Steinle So why is all the attention on an immigrant who was at the end of an unfortunate chain of events?

A SO-CALLED DANGEROUS FELON

first published in 48 hills, July 18, 2017 Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (also known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez). A ‘dangerous felon’ who was never convicted of a violent crime The ‘seven felony convictions’ of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate are

A SO-CALLED DANGEROUS FELON

first published in 48 hills, July 18, 2017 Jose Ines Garcia Zarate (also known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez). A ‘dangerous felon’ who was never convicted of a violent crime The ‘seven felony convictions’ of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate are

SIG SAUER ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGES

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, July 11, 2017 Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, during an interview with a TV reporter, July 5, 2015. A gun’s history of accidental discharges by Matt Gonzalez

SIG SAUER ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGES

first published in the San Francisco Examiner, July 11, 2017 Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, also known as Juan Francisco Lopez Sanchez, during an interview with a TV reporter, July 5, 2015. A gun’s history of accidental discharges by Matt Gonzalez

KATE’S LAW

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2017 Lawyers for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, Matt Gonzalez & Francisco Ugarte, leave Department 9 of the San Francisco Superior Court after Garcia Zarate’s arraignment, July 7, 2015. Photo by Justin

KATE’S LAW

first published in the San Francisco Chronicle, July 5, 2017 Lawyers for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, Matt Gonzalez & Francisco Ugarte, leave Department 9 of the San Francisco Superior Court after Garcia Zarate’s arraignment, July 7, 2015. Photo by Justin

BORDER WALL

original to The Matt Gonzalez Reader, November 7, 2016 Luis Pinto’s installation for “Welcome to the Left Coast” exhibition at the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, May 13, 2016. Curated by Andres Guerrero and Matt Gonzalez. Build the Wall by

BORDER WALL

original to The Matt Gonzalez Reader, November 7, 2016 Luis Pinto’s installation for “Welcome to the Left Coast” exhibition at the Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, May 13, 2016. Curated by Andres Guerrero and Matt Gonzalez. Build the Wall by

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EMINENT DOMAIN

first published in The Argonaut, July 3, 2009 Great Seal of King John attached to Magna Carta, from the British Library A MODEST PROPOSAL TO CONTAIN EMINENT DOMAIN by Matt Gonzalez “[N]or shall private property be taken for public use,

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EMINENT DOMAIN

first published in The Argonaut, July 3, 2009 Great Seal of King John attached to Magna Carta, from the British Library A MODEST PROPOSAL TO CONTAIN EMINENT DOMAIN by Matt Gonzalez “[N]or shall private property be taken for public use,

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FREE SPEECH & THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ANONYMOUSLY

first published in the Davis Enterprise, May 14, 2006 Whitney Leigh THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ANONYMOUSLY IS A CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY by G. Whitney Leigh & Matt Gonzalez DAVIS ENTERPRISE COLUMNIST Bob Dunning recently published a polemic against CAROLE’s

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FREE SPEECH & THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ANONYMOUSLY

first published in the Davis Enterprise, May 14, 2006 Whitney Leigh THE RIGHT TO SPEAK ANONYMOUSLY IS A CORNERSTONE OF OUR DEMOCRACY by G. Whitney Leigh & Matt Gonzalez DAVIS ENTERPRISE COLUMNIST Bob Dunning recently published a polemic against CAROLE’s

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STANLEY TOOKIE WILLIAMS, THE DEATH PENALTY

first published in Mesh Magazine #12, November/December 2005 Stanley “Tookie” Williams, photographer unknown SPARING THE CRIPS FOUNDER by Matt Gonzalez IN 1974 STANLEY “TOOKIE” “WILLIAMS encountered a body builder named Arnold Schwarzenegger outside a Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach who

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STANLEY TOOKIE WILLIAMS, THE DEATH PENALTY

first published in Mesh Magazine #12, November/December 2005 Stanley “Tookie” Williams, photographer unknown SPARING THE CRIPS FOUNDER by Matt Gonzalez IN 1974 STANLEY “TOOKIE” “WILLIAMS encountered a body builder named Arnold Schwarzenegger outside a Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach who

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CORPUS DELICTI RULE

first published in Mesh Magazine #10, July/August 2005 Rex, SF Chronicle photograph by Deanne Fitzmaurice WHERE IS THE BODY? UNDERSTANDING THE CORPUS DELICTI RULE by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCANS REACTED WITH shock over the death of Nicholas Faibish, a 12-year-old

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CORPUS DELICTI RULE

first published in Mesh Magazine #10, July/August 2005 Rex, SF Chronicle photograph by Deanne Fitzmaurice WHERE IS THE BODY? UNDERSTANDING THE CORPUS DELICTI RULE by Matt Gonzalez SAN FRANCISCANS REACTED WITH shock over the death of Nicholas Faibish, a 12-year-old

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DEPLETED URANIUM

first published in Mesh Magazine #9, May/June 2005 EXISTENTIAL WARFARE: OVERWHELMING OUR OPPONENTS BY KILLING OURSELVES by Matt Gonzalez DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) IS A HIGHLY dense material (2.5 times denser than iron and 1.7 times denser than lead) that, if

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DEPLETED URANIUM

first published in Mesh Magazine #9, May/June 2005 EXISTENTIAL WARFARE: OVERWHELMING OUR OPPONENTS BY KILLING OURSELVES by Matt Gonzalez DEPLETED URANIUM (DU) IS A HIGHLY dense material (2.5 times denser than iron and 1.7 times denser than lead) that, if

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THREE STRIKES LAW

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 14, 2005 FREE SANTOS REYES! by Matt Gonzalez IN 1994, THE VOTERS AND STATE Legislature both adopted the “Three Strikes” law in California. Fueled by the abduction and murder of 12

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THREE STRIKES LAW

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 14, 2005 FREE SANTOS REYES! by Matt Gonzalez IN 1994, THE VOTERS AND STATE Legislature both adopted the “Three Strikes” law in California. Fueled by the abduction and murder of 12

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RAVEN LECTURE, UC BOALT LAW SCHOOL

first published in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, Vol 16, Number 2 (2005) Excerpt of Benjamin Cardozo quotation on the wall at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley. THE AMERICAN CITY: A TOOL FOR PROGRESSIVE CHANGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY by

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RAVEN LECTURE, UC BOALT LAW SCHOOL

first published in the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, Vol 16, Number 2 (2005) Excerpt of Benjamin Cardozo quotation on the wall at Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley. THE AMERICAN CITY: A TOOL FOR PROGRESSIVE CHANGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY by

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CHAIN STORES

first published in Mesh Magazine #4, April/May 2004 REINING IN THE CHAINS by Matt Gonzalez WE’RE ALL PRETTY USED TO IT by now. A chain store moves into a neighborhood commercial district and starts to sell its product. In some

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CHAIN STORES

first published in Mesh Magazine #4, April/May 2004 REINING IN THE CHAINS by Matt Gonzalez WE’RE ALL PRETTY USED TO IT by now. A chain store moves into a neighborhood commercial district and starts to sell its product. In some

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JACK BLACK, YOU CAN’T WIN

first published in the The Recorder, August 23, 2000 Jack Black JACK BLACK RIDES THE RAILS AGAIN. A book review by Matt Gonzalez [You Can’t Win by Jack Black. Introduction by William Burroughs. Afterward by Michael Disend. AK Press, 2000,

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JACK BLACK, YOU CAN’T WIN

first published in the The Recorder, August 23, 2000 Jack Black JACK BLACK RIDES THE RAILS AGAIN. A book review by Matt Gonzalez [You Can’t Win by Jack Black. Introduction by William Burroughs. Afterward by Michael Disend. AK Press, 2000,

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THE DEATH PENALTY

first published in the Stanford Humanities Review (Fall/Winter 1990) Newsweek photograph by Ken Light THE DEMISE OF DUE PROCESS: MURRAY AGAINST GIARRATANO by Matt Gonzalez “Even though a person be the immediate occasion of another’s death, he is not a

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THE DEATH PENALTY

first published in the Stanford Humanities Review (Fall/Winter 1990) Newsweek photograph by Ken Light THE DEMISE OF DUE PROCESS: MURRAY AGAINST GIARRATANO by Matt Gonzalez “Even though a person be the immediate occasion of another’s death, he is not a

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AMADOU DIALLO

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8, 2000 Amadou Diallo, a 23 year old African immigrant who was killed by New York City police in the building in which he lived in the Bronx, February 4, 1999.

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AMADOU DIALLO

first published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, March 8, 2000 Amadou Diallo, a 23 year old African immigrant who was killed by New York City police in the building in which he lived in the Bronx, February 4, 1999.