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August 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 16, 2016

California Supreme Court overturns death penalty in 1993 killings of two Target employees

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday to overturn the death sentence of a man convicted of killing two former co-workers at a Target store in 1993 after he had been passed over for promotion. Sergio Dujuan Nelson was 19 when he shot and killed Robin Shirley and Lee Thompson, who had worked with him at a Target store in La Verne. By Maura Dolan — Los Angeles Times


Public defender says D.A. lied, cheated for 10 years, should be booted from 2nd murder case

The Orange County District Attorney’s Office, a year after being booted from the trial of mass killer Scott Dekraai because of prosecutorial missteps, is facing removal from another murder case involving allegations of falsifying evidence. A hearing is scheduled to begin today on whether local prosecutors knowingly used doctored reports from the California Highway Patrol to convict a man charged with murder in the 2006 traffic death of an off-duty Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy. By Tony Saavedra — The Orange County Register

Orange County defense lawyer files $10 million lawsuit after courthouse beating

James Crawford—a successful, Santa Ana-based criminal defense lawyer who claims Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) investigator Dillon Alley "brutally" assaulted him in the courthouse last March—filed a lawsuit today seeking $10 million in damages. The incident received nationwide attention because Crawford's work aided in unraveling District Attorney Tony Rackauckas' ongoing jailhouse snitch scandal and the attack occurred days after he'd convinced a California Superior Court judge that one of his homicide case clients, Henry Rodriguez, deserved a new trial after being victimized by OCDA misconduct. By R. Scott Moxley — OC Weekly

Oakdale attorney disbarred for 'serious nature and extent' of misconduct

Richard Carroll Sinclair, an attorney who practices in Oakdale, was disbarred on March 18 due to engaging in a fraudulent real estate scheme, seeking and obtaining loans on false pretenses, skimming off loan proceeds, rental income, tenant deposits and other fees and making misrepresentations to courts to conceal and further the scheme to defraud, according to the State Bar of California. The official State Bar of California document also explained that Sinclair caused an altered trial exhibit to be submitted in a civil matter and failed to obey a court order by not paying $1,150 in sanctions in a civil matter and did not report those sanctions to the State Bar. By Kerry Goff — Northern California Record

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