Man freed – investigation reveals former girlfriend framed him using an anonymous messaging app.
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San Francisco, CA — A man was freed after 80 days in jail when an investigation revealed his former girlfriend framed him for criminal threats using an anonymous messaging app, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff …[select title for full text]

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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 27, 2016
May 27, 2016 – 16:47 | Comments Off on THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 27, 2016

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by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)

U.S. SUPREMES REVERSE DENIAL OF BATSON CHALLENGE
The defendant was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in Butts County, Georgia. The DAs kicked off all 4 Black jurors. The defendant raised a Batson (476 US 79) challenge, which the Georgia courts rejected. Many years later (the crime was 30 years ago), the defense obtained the notes of the DA through a freedom of information request. This showed that the DA’s juror list had highlights and the letter B to designate the Black jurors, and even listed the order in which to kick the Black jurors off. Of course, the Georgia courts rejected the new Batson challenge. The US Supremes disagree. Racial discrimination resulting in striking any prospective juror violates Batson: “Two peremptory strikes on the basis of race are two more than the Constitution allows.” The court (by Roberts) goes through all the DA’s claims trying to justify this and shows that each is either false or pretextual. The court does an extensive comparative analysis, showing that reasons given for kicking Black jurors applied equally to White jurors kept on the jury. Reversed.
Foster v. Chatman; No. 14-8349; 5/23/16; US Supremes

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CPDA Presents:
Defending Gang Cases – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley!
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CPDA Presents:
Defending Gang Cases – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley!

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The California Public Defenders Association presents…

Defending Gang Cases | Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hilton

200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, California 94710

Program Coordinators:

Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, San Diego, California

Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, San Diego County

Register online for this program: http://defender411.us/20160709R

DEFENDING GANG CASES – PROGRAM SCHEDULE – S561

Saturday, July 9, 2016

8:00 a.m. Registration & Check-In Coffee&Donuts

8:30 a.m. Opening/Closings and Experts: Defending Your Case & Attacking Theirs

–> James Thomson, Attorney at law, Berkeley, California

9:45 a.m. Uncovering Police Misconduct in the Post-Ferguson Era and Using it in Trial

–> Susan Leff, Attorney at Law, San Francisco, California

–> Lois Heaney, National Jury Project, Oakland, California

11:00 a.m. Break [More…] »

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Justice That Works Act – Mike Farrell’s keynote address at CPDA’s 47th Annual Convention, Saturday, May 14, 2016, San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
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Mike Close up_facing_rightA MUST SEE! Hopefully, everyone will have time to check out this inspiring keynote address delivered by Actor Mike Farrell, Human Rights Activist, Actor, Author, and Producer, on May 14, 2016.  This presentation was recorded at CPDA’s 47th Annual Convention held in San Diego, California.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Mike Farrell, President, Taxpayers for Sentencing Reform

Related Internet Links

Justice That Works
http://www.justicethatworks.org/

Richard Branson’s comments about the death penalty, and The Justice That Works Act of 2016
https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/why-death-penalty-criminal-injustice

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California Public Defenders Association’s
8th Annual Two-Day
DUI Defense Practice Institute
Monterey Portola Hotel and Spa
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016
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California Public Defenders Association’s
8th Annual Two-Day
DUI Defense Practice Institute
Monterey Portola Hotel and Spa
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016

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CPDA’s 8th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016 at The Portola Hotel and Spa
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, California 93940

Program Coordinators:

Peter L. Arian, Attorney at Law, San Anselmo, California

Bruce Kapsack, Attorney at Law, Oakland, California

Jose Varela, Marin County Public Defender

Join us for this special continuing legal education seminar that will provide an informative and practical approach to handling driving under the influence cases.  The speakers are all recognized experts in handling DUI cases and this annual seminar will give you an opportunity to sharpen your skills and knowledge as you defend these difficult cases.  We have blocked a large group of lodging rooms at the Portola Hotel and Spa at a very special rate, so be sure to tell the hotel that you are with CPDA when you call to make reservations to take advantage of this special rate.   Please note: The lodging cut-off date for our special rate is close of business on May 14th, so make your reservations at the hotel now. The program registration fee includes syllabus.
First published May 8, 2016 

 

DUI Defense Practice Institute Program Schedule – S560

DAY ONE: Friday, June 3, 2016

12:00 p.m. Registration/Check In

12:50 p.m. Introductions & Announcements

1:15 p.m. Voir Dire in a Drug DUI Case – Bruce Kapsack, Attorney at Law, Oakland, California

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Pharmacology of Drugs – Dr. Jimmie Valentine, BS, MS, Ph.D., Medical Pharmacology and Toxicology Consultant, Ocean Springs, Mississippi

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. The Fundamentals of Trying a DUI Case – Bridget Matos, Deputy Public Defender, El Dorado County

5:00 p.m. Conclusion of Day One
DAY TWO: Saturday, June 4, 2016 [More…] »

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Criminal Law Case Summaries: March-April 2016
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by Gary Mandinach, Attorney at Law, California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, California
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New mobile apps for CPDA members – Download from the Apple App and/or the Google Play store
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California Public Defenders Android Apps on Google Play

The CPDA Members App. The CPDA Members App was created to help build a closer-knit community among members. Members of CPDA who download the app can join conversations, share photos, learn about events, and locate contact information for all members.

The California Public Defenders Association (CPDA) is a nonprofit organization that serves as a resource center for its members who are all criminal defense attorneys – both private attorneys who practice criminal defense in California, and public defenders who are criminal defense attorneys employed by local county public defender agencies. The organization was formed over 40 years ago and today provides numerous on-site training programs through the year and in different locations held throughout the state of California, all designed exclusively for criminal defense attorneys who practice in California. Together, the two groups of criminal defense attorneys (private defenders and public defenders) comprise the membership of CPDA, which totals over 3,400 practicing criminal defense attorneys in California, in particular, but the membership is open to criminal defense attorneys in other states and several hundred from throughout the U.S. are associate members of CPDA.

Two options to download the CPDA Members App:

1. Download from the Google Play Store:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.groupahead.capublicdefendersassoc

2. Download from the Apple App Store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/california-public-defenders/id1069170021

 

 

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CPDA Presents:
Defending Gang Cases – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley!
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CPDA Presents:
Defending Gang Cases – Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley!
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The California Public Defenders Association presents…
Defending Gang Cases | Saturday, July 9, 2016 – Berkeley Marina DoubleTree Hilton
200 Marina Blvd, Berkeley, California 94710
Program Coordinators:
Kathleen Cannon, Attorney at Law, San Diego, California
Bart Sheela, Deputy Alternate Public …[select title for full text]

Justice That Works Act – Mike Farrell’s keynote address at CPDA’s 47th Annual Convention, Saturday, May 14, 2016, San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
May 16, 2016 – 22:44 | Comments Off on Justice That Works Act – Mike Farrell’s keynote address at CPDA’s 47th Annual Convention, Saturday, May 14, 2016, San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
Justice That Works Act – Mike Farrell’s keynote address at CPDA’s 47th Annual Convention, Saturday, May 14, 2016, San Diego Hyatt Regency Mission Bay</center>

A MUST SEE! Hopefully, everyone will have time to check out this inspiring keynote address delivered by Actor Mike Farrell, Human Rights Activist, Actor, Author, and Producer, on May 14, 2016.  This presentation was recorded at …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 27, 2016
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 27, 2016

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)
U.S. SUPREMES REVERSE DENIAL …[select title for full text]

California Public Defenders Association’s
8th Annual Two-Day
DUI Defense Practice Institute
Monterey Portola Hotel and Spa
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016
May 8, 2016 – 22:18 | Comments Off on
California Public Defenders Association’s
8th Annual Two-Day
DUI Defense Practice Institute
Monterey Portola Hotel and Spa
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016
<center>California Public Defenders Association’s<br>8th Annual Two-Day<br>DUI Defense Practice Institute<br>Monterey Portola Hotel and Spa<br>Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016 </center>

CPDA’s 8th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute
Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016 at The Portola Hotel and Spa
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, California 93940
Program Coordinators:
Peter L. Arian, Attorney at Law, San Anselmo, California
Bruce Kapsack, Attorney …[select title for full text]

Criminal Law Case Summaries: March-April 2016
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Criminal Law Case Summaries: March-April 2016

by Gary Mandinach, Attorney at Law, California Appellate Project, Los Angeles, California
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New mobile apps for CPDA members – Download from the Apple App and/or the Google Play store
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New mobile apps for CPDA members – Download from the Apple App and/or the Google Play store

The CPDA Members App. The CPDA Members App was created to help build a closer-knit community among members. Members of CPDA who download the app can join conversations, share photos, learn about events, and locate …[select title for full text]

California – 2016 Cumulative Legislative Update below includes new posts through May 27, 2016
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California – 2016 Cumulative Legislative Update below includes new posts through May 27, 2016

5-27-2016
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced that he has signed the following bills:
• SB 971 by the Committee on Governance and Finance – Validations.
• SB 972 by the Committee on Governance and …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 20, 2016
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 20, 2016

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)
DIMINISHED CAPACITY, DIMINISHED ACTUALITY, …[select title for full text]

Self-Study – Live Broadcasts
Next broadcast set for
Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, 2016
DUI Defense Practice Institute
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Self-Study – Live Broadcasts
Next broadcast set for
Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, 2016
DUI Defense Practice Institute
<center>Self-Study – Live Broadcasts <br>Next broadcast set for <br>Friday-Saturday, June 3-4, 2016<br>DUI Defense Practice Institute</center>

Live Broadcast Scheduled:
CPDA’s 8th Annual Two-Day DUI Defense Practice Institute

Friday & Saturday, June 3-4, 2016 at The Portola Hotel and Spa
Two Portola Plaza, Monterey, California 93940

Program Coordinators:
Peter L. Arian, Attorney at Law, San Anselmo, California
Bruce …[select title for full text]

THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 13, 2016
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THE WEEK’S CASES: for the week ending May 13, 2016

by Al Menaster, Deputy Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. (Note: You must log in to view this members-only content (see login box on upper right panel of this page)
 
DECLARATIONS AGAINST INTEREST
CALCRIM 361 …[select title for full text]

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