Jury Trials

Jury acquittals of life charges in the attempted murder trials of People v. Barnes (97HF0153) and People v. Patton (96WF2010). Felony jury trial acquittals in People v. Penaloza (94CF1461), People v. Romero (94HF0363), and People v. Panneton (95HF0153). Negotiated dismissal of serious felonies and life charges on behalf of dozens of clients.

Appellate Litigation

Amicus briefs before the California Supreme Court:

Burris v. Superior Court
(2005) 25 Cal. 4th 1012
People v. Mooc
(2001) 26 Cal. 4th 1216

Won reversals of trial courts’ termination of parental reunification services:

In re Jonathan M.
(1997) 53 Cal. App. 4th 1234
In re Claudie P.
(1996, DCA#G019633, Unpub.)
Blanca P. v. Superior Court
(1996) 45 Cal. App. 4th 1738
Anita H. v. Superior Court
In re Penny S.

Won writs on behalf of involuntarily detained or incarcerated clients:

Bonita A. v. Superior Court
(2005 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 533, client in a locked mental facility)
Roberts v. Superior Court
(2002 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 8414, reversed unfavorable discovery ruling)
In re Rodriguez
(2002 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 4753, 4 year state prison sentence reversed in favor of drug treatment)
Sanches v. Superior Court
(2003 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 11035, reversed trial court's refusal to consider a defense motion to dismiss)

Additional appellate litigation:

In re Ogea
(2004) 121 Cal. App. 4th 974
In re Borunda
(2003 Cal. App. Unpub. Lexis 10635)
Suzanne J. v. Superior Court
(1996) 43 Cal. App. 4th 785

Media Cases

People v. Zepeda (11HM08632)
Obtained dismissal of all charges against Mr. Zepeda, following his very public "break in" into his former home (bank owned).

Gay Rights Sting Operation
Litigated a discriminatory prosecution motion and conducted a week-long hearing on behalf of gay men targeted in an undercover police sting.

In re Bryttnie (August 1996)
Won a hotly contested custody hearing on behalf of an out-of-state father against the Social Services Agency.


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