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Apr. 26, 2024

Judge Joseph Porras adjusts to changing criminal law in felony trials

Los Angeles County Superior Court

NORWALK -- Superior Court Judge Joseph R. Porras spent more than a dozen years as a prosecutor, but a blizzard of changes to criminal law in California in recent years frequently sends him to the books to research issues that come up in his long-cause felony trial department.

"A criminal judge can't just rely on 25 years of experience and kind of [say] 'I got it,'" he said. "It's requiring us to really delve into what exactly do... (continued)

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