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August 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 11, 2016

Prosecutors who falsify or withhold evidence could become felons under proposed state legislation

Prosecutors who intentionally withhold or falsify evidence could be charged with a felony under a new bill winding through the state Legislature. The proposal by Assemblywoman Patty Lopez, D-San Fernando, comes as prosecutors in Orange County face accusations that they’ve routinely misused jailhouse informants and withheld information from defense attorneys. By Tony Saavedra — The Orange County Register

San Diego district attorney is subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a Mexican tycoon

Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis has been subpoenaed to testify at the trial of a Mexican tycoon charged with illegally contributing $600,000 in cash and services to San Diego mayoral campaigns in 2012 — including her own unsuccessful bid. Michael Wynne, the attorney for Jose Susumo Azano Matsura, said he wanted to call Dumanis to counter the contention from federal prosecutors that Azano was secretly scheming to funnel funds into her campaign. By Greg Moran — Los Angeles Times

As Santa Clara County Superior Court clerks and janitors continue to strike, the hope of reconciliation emerged Wednesday in the form of news that the sides have agreed to mediation. Long a sticking point for the administration, whose representatives claimed no progress could be made without a third party, the two sides are set to enter into mediation on Thursday in San Jose. By Matthew Renda — Courthouse News Service

Southern California man pleads guilty to owning fake law firms that promised to help struggling homeowners

The Department of Justice announced that an Orange County, California, man pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California, for his role as the owner and operator of a multi-million dollar fraudulent mortgage modification scheme that posed as a successful law firm to defraud struggling homeowners. Bryan D’Antonio, 50, of Brea, California, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge David O. Carter for the Central District of California to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for his role as owner and operator of Rodis Law Group (RLG) and America’s Law Group (ALG). — Imperial Valley News

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