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  • Superior Court of Los Angeles County Extends $0 Bail Previously Ordered by the Judicial Council in Response to COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic!
    Superior Court of Los Angeles County Extends $0 Bail Previously Ordered by the Judicial Council in Response to COVID-19 Global Health Pandemic!

    On April 6, 2020 a statewide temporary Emergency Bail Schedule was adopted by the Judicial Council to handle criminal offenses during the state of emergency related to the COVID-19 global health ...

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  • Is a Penal Code § 1473.7 Motion to Vacate a Conviction or Sentence Only Available to Non-Citizens Suffering Adverse Immigration Consequences from a Conviction?
    Is a Penal Code § 1473.7 Motion to Vacate a Conviction or Sentence Only Available to Non-Citizens Suffering Adverse Immigration Consequences from a Conviction?

    While the California Legislature has placed great focus on providing avenues of relief to non-citizen defendants suffering unwitting immigration consequences from a conviction, a wrongfully convicted ...

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  • SB-1437 – Accomplice Liability for Felony Murder Amendments to Penal Code section 188 and 189 – Updates Since Enactment
    SB-1437 – Accomplice Liability for Felony Murder Amendments to Penal Code section 188 and 189 – Updates Since Enactment

    On September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved Senate Bill No. 1437 which made important amendments to Penal Code sections 188 and 189. [1] Newly amended Penal Code sections 188 and 189 took ...

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  • A Discussion Regarding Pardons and Commutations Made by California Governors Since 1943
    A Discussion Regarding Pardons and Commutations Made by California Governors Since 1943

    As discussed in a previous blog post, former Governor Jerry Brown granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations in 2018. According to an article posted in the San Francisco Chronicle, former Governor Jerry ...

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  • Governor Jerry Brown Announced that he has Granted 143 Pardons and 131 Commutations
    Governor Jerry Brown Announced that he has Granted 143 Pardons and 131 Commutations

    On December 24, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has granted 143 pardons and 131 commutations. [1] The Governor’s power to grant a pardon or commutation is vested in Section 8 of Article V ...

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  • Voluntary Manslaughter (Penal Code section 192(a)) Charge Dismissed and Negotiated to Involuntary Manslaughter (Penal Code section 192(b)) for Juvenile Client! No DJJ!
    Voluntary Manslaughter (Penal Code section 192(a)) Charge Dismissed and Negotiated to Involuntary Manslaughter (Penal Code section 192(b)) for Juvenile Client! No DJJ!

    Recently at the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse in Los Angeles County I was able to negotiate a plea to one felony count of Involuntary Manslaughter (Penal Code section 192(b)) for an incident in which ...

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