The saga has trudged on for more than two years now, but Yvonne Elizondo still speaks about the Orange Varrio Cypress' gang injunction with freshness and fervor.
Back then, Elizondo remember thinking to herself: “What the heck is a gang injunction?” Now, two years and a lot of research later, Elizondo is quite well versed on the injunctions, which the district attorney's website describes as “a civil order that restricts or prohibits documented gang members from participating in specific acts or activities that may not be inherently criminal within a designated area, or 'Safety Zone.'”
“One of our clients described it as being a prisoner in his own home,” Escobosa Helzer says.
As reported on Navel Gazing last month, federal judge Valerie Baker Fairbank ruled that the Orange County District Attorney and Orange Police Department had violated the people's due process rights.