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Archives - July 2010

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Jul

CALIFORNIA DISCOVERY-DISCOVERY OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT NOT REQUIRED

disclosure of A confidential informant is not mandatory even when THE informant was percipient witness. This is outrageous. But according to this Court of Appeal, the court had duty to hold in camera hearing to determine if the confidential information can given exculpatory evidence. “[T]he balance between the public interest in protecting the flow of …

23
Jul

CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DEFENDANTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PRE-PRELIMINARY HEARING PITCHESS DISCOVERY

WE DO GET PITCHESS DISCOVERY PRIOR TO THE PRELIMINARY HEARING This is the case on whether sefense attorney can get Pitchess discovery (11 CAL.3d 531) prior to the preliminary hearing; and whether defense attorneys can get ANY discovery prior to the prelim. The California Supreme Courtsay that Pitchess discovery wouldn’t have made any difference here, …

12
Jul

CALIFORNIA CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY – JUDGE SAYS: ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF DEPUTIES MAY HAVE USED EXCESSIVE FORCE

by Teri Sforza, Register staff writer Perhaps the question is not if the county will settle this lawsuit, but when, and for how much…? It’s not going well when a federal judge writes, “a reasonable jury could conclude that the defendant officers used excessive force against Ms. White …. Ms. White was not under suspicion …

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