Legal Update: Defining a Gang
What is the legal definition of a gang? These Days legal analyst Dan Eaton explores how two San Diego cases may require the law to interpret what is, and isn't, a gang.
Tom Fudge: Some members of a half-dozen fraternity organizations at San Diego State have been charged with selling drugs on campus. Five members of a group called the Bird Rock Bandits, are on trial for murder, in connection with the killing of a 24-year-old Emery Kauanui.
What do these two cases have in common? They both involved groups of young men who could be charged with gang-related crimes. Gang-related charges may be unlikely in the drug case. But prosecutors are already trying to pursue gang charges against the five murder defendants. That's even though their so-called gang is located in La Jolla, not a place that's known as a nest of gang activity.
- Dan Eaton ,San Diego attorney and These Days legal analyst.