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U.S. v. Sapalasan
Inventory search was lawful where officer kept seized backpack in his police vehicle while he responded to other calls and completed the search near the end of his shift.
Criminal Law and Procedure 9th Apr. 2, 2024
People v. Beaudreaux
While the trial court erred in not providing counsel to defendant for his Section 1172.6 resentencing petition, the error was harmless because the jury found him to be the actual killer.
Criminal Law and Procedure 1DCA/4 Apr. 1, 2024
People v. Ayala
Trial court erred in admitting testimony of unavailable witness, who had been missing for over two years, but whom the prosecution did not begin searching for until two weeks before trial.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/1 Apr. 1, 2024
People v. Rojas
Though Assembly Bill 333 required reversal of defendant's active gang participation conviction, jury's gang-murder special-circumstance finding under Penal Code Section 190.2 was affirmed because substantial evidence supported that finding.
Criminal Law and Procedure 5DCA Mar. 29, 2024
Modification: In re Seumanu
Because petitioner for habeas relief failed to adequately provide record materials and meet strict pleading requirements, all but one request for certificate of appealability was denied.
Criminal Law and Procedure 1DCA/4 Mar. 29, 2024
Hart v. Broomfield
District court did not err in denying habeas relief, where California Supreme Court could have reasonably deemed potentially suppressed evidence immaterial.
Criminal Law and Procedure 9th Mar. 29, 2024
People v. Serrano
There was sufficient evidence of premeditation and deliberation for attempted murder since defendant fired multiple gun shots at pursuing officers.
Criminal Law and Procedure 1DCA/5 Mar. 29, 2024
People v. McClelland
Court's ruling on 1172.6 petition after the parties agreed to submit the matter without a further evidentiary hearing did not violate defendant's due process rights.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/1 Mar. 28, 2024
People v. Hill
Denial of Section 1172.6 relief (felony murder amendment resentencing) does not implicate ex post facto principles.
Criminal Law and Procedure 2DCA/2 Mar. 27, 2024
Modification: People v. Barner
Despite trial court's error in using sentencing rather than commitment language, judgment was affirmed as court ultimately made the appropriate commitment order and calculation.
Criminal Law and Procedure 3DCA Mar. 27, 2024
People v. Morris
Because jury's verdict encompassed findings leading to defendant being convicted under amended felony-murder statute, defendant was ineligible for resentencing under Penal Code Section 1172.6.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/3 Mar. 25, 2024
McLaughlin v. Oliver
Habeas corpus petitioner could not pursue claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel because he procedurally forfeited it by not first raising it in state court.
Criminal Law and Procedure 9th Mar. 20, 2024
People v. Jackson
Encounter with police became an unjustified detention based on the officers' actions, including partially blocking defendant's vehicle door.
Criminal Law and Procedure 2DCA/8 Mar. 19, 2024
Gomez v. Superior Court (People)
Plaintiff's motion to challenge the judge who heard his resentencing petition was untimely because he filed it after she accepted his guilty plea.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/3 Mar. 19, 2024
People v. Carrillo
Under Penal Code Section 1473.7, defendant, seeking to vacate conviction because he did not understand possible adverse immigration consequences, may include probation violation penalties as part of his "sentence."
Criminal Law and Procedure 5DCA Mar. 19, 2024
Pulsifer v. U.S.
Despite the statute's use of "and" rather than "or," a criminal defendant is ineligible for safety value sentencing relief if he meets any (rather than all) of the criminal history point disqualifiers.
Criminal Law and Procedure USSC Mar. 18, 2024
P. v. Santos
Criminal Law and Procedure Mar. 14, 2024
People v. Santos
Trial court did not err by not applying Three Strikes Reform Act to reduce defendant's sentence because defendant could only seek such relief through the Section 1170.126 petition process.
Criminal Law and Procedure 3DCA Mar. 15, 2024
People v. Superior Court (Woodward)
Double jeopardy did not bar refiling murder charge when the trial court's second dismissal order failed to clearly indicate that it was serving as an acquital.
Criminal Law and Procedure 6DCA Mar. 15, 2024
People v. Barner
Despite trial court's error in using sentencing rather than commitment language, judgment was affirmed as court ultimately made the appropriate commitment order and calculation.
Criminal Law and Procedure 3DCA Mar. 14, 2024
Modification: People v. Felix
Trial court properly denied motion to suppress defendant's confession given to undercover detective posing as jail cellmate, post-invocation of right to counsel.
Criminal Law and Procedure 2DCA/8 Mar. 14, 2024
In re Seumanu
Because petitioner for habeas relief failed to adequately provide record materials and meet strict pleading requirements, all but one request for certificate of appealability was denied.
Criminal Law and Procedure 1DCA/4 Mar. 13, 2024
People v. Lewis
Sufficient evidence supported defendant's rape conviction because it was reasonable to conclude criminal defendant knew the victim's intoxication level made her incapable of consenting to sexual intercourse.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/3 Mar. 11, 2024
U.S. v. Layfield
Twenty-one-day delay between defendant's detention and first appearance before a judge did not constitute a Speedy Trial Act violation.
Criminal Law and Procedure 9th Mar. 8, 2024
People v. Felix
Trial court properly denied motion to suppress defendant's confession given to undercover detective posing as jail cellmate, post-invocation of right to counsel.
Criminal Law and Procedure 2DCA/8 Mar. 8, 2024
People v. Killian
A charge for tampering with a VIN under Vehicle Code Section 10802 includes a defendant who transfers the registration to himself.
Criminal Law and Procedure 6DCA Mar. 7, 2024
People v. Superior Court (Farley)
Prosecution satisfied low preliminary bar of showing group was an organization, albeit informal, with a common purpose as statutorily required to proceed with prosecution of gang-related special circumstance.
Criminal Law and Procedure 1DCA/4 Mar. 7, 2024
U.S. v. Lemus
A conviction for receiving the proceeds of extortion under 18 U.S.C. Section 880 requires only knowledge that the proceeds were "unlawfully obtained."
Criminal Law and Procedure 9th Mar. 6, 2024
People v. Hardin
Expanded statutory parole system for youthful offenders did not violate equal protection clause by excluding youthful offenders sentenced to life without parole because exclusion was rationally related to government interest.
Criminal Law and Procedure CASC Mar. 5, 2024
Lunsted v. Superior Court (People)
Even though a subpoena duces tecum was issued by the prosecution, it was still subject to factor-based legal standard for determining whether good cause existed to overcome motion to quash.
Criminal Law and Procedure 4DCA/2 Mar. 4, 2024