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This article is now current through June 14, 2020
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Appeals
True Finding on Gang-Killing Special Circumstance and Chiu Error / Harmless Error Review Updated: 1/15/2020
Appeals
Forfeiture of Claim Based on Change in the Law Updated: 7/17/2019
Areas of Constitutional Law
IAC for Failure to Investigate and Appellate Review of IAC Claim Updated: 8/22/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Bail and the Ability to Pay Updated: 5/23/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Denial of Bail Updated: 5/23/2018
Areas of Constitutional Law
Constitutional Right to Privacy and Psychotherapist Requirement to Report Clients Who Watch Child Pornography Updated: 5/10/2017
Civil Commitments
Conservatorship--Right Not to Testify Updated: 6/24/2020
Civil Commitments
LPS--Must the Trier of Fact Find, Beyond a Reasonable Doubt, that the Objector is Unwilling or Unable Voluntarily to Accept Meaningful Treatment Updated: 2/11/2020
Civil Commitments
Appellate Review Conservatorship Proceedings Updated: 5/1/2019
Crimes
Murder--SB 1437's Application to Attempted Murder Liability Under the NPC Doctrine and Aider and Abettor Liability Updated: 6/10/2020
Crimes
Whether Assault by Means of Force Likely to Produce Great Bodily Injury a Lesser Included Offense of Assault with a Deadly Weapon Updated: 4/22/2020
Crimes
Murder--SB 1437's Application to Second Degree Murder Under NPC, Retroactivity and Instructional Error Updated: 4/1/2020
Crimes
PC 632.7--Recording Cell Phone Calls Without Participants' Consent Updated: 4/1/2020
Crimes
First Degree Murder--Substantial Concurrent Causation Theory (Sanchez) and Impact of Chiu and SB 1437 Updated: 3/25/2020
Crimes
Whether Conviction for Human Trafficking of a Minor (PC 236.1, subd. (c)(1)) was Proper Where Defendant was Communicating with Adult Police Officer Updated: 3/11/2020
Crimes
Murder--Instruction on Elements of First Degree Murder By Poison Updated: 11/13/2019
Crimes
Prop. 64--Criminal Status of Possession of Marijuana in Prison Updated: 8/21/2019
Crimes
Accessory After the Fact for Refusing to Testify Updated: 7/11/2018
Delinquency
Challenge to Juvenile Court's Failure to Expressly Declare Offense a Felony or Misdemeanor Updated: 12/19/2018
Dependency (300)
Does Parent Have Right to Challenge Counsel's Failure to File Timely NOA from Order Terminating Parental Rights Updated: 5/13/2020
Dependency (300)
Beneficial Parental Relationship Exception to Adoption Updated: 7/24/2019
Evidence
Sufficiency of Evidence to Support Robbery-Murder Special Circumstance Updated: 5/13/2020
Evidence
Did Victim's Voluntary Ingestion of Fentanyl Support Enhancement for Personal Infliction of Great Bodily Injury Updated: 3/18/2020
Evidence
Prop. 47--Determining Value of Access Card Information Updated: 6/13/2018
Evidence
Discovery Updated: 10/22/2012
Extraordinary Remedies
Writ of Mandate--Invalid Conviction Under PC 186.22, subd. (a) Updated: 8/21/2019
Habeas Corpus
Request to Answer Question of State Law--Habeas Deadlines Updated: 5/25/2015
Jury Trial
Whether Eye Witness Identification Instruction (CALCRIM No. 315) Violates Defendant's Due Process Rights Updated: 4/15/2020
Jury Trial
Batson/Wheeler--Discovery of Prosecutor's Jury Selection Notes Updated: 7/24/2019
Juvenile Delinquency
Temporary Restraining With No Notice to Minor Updated: 6/17/2020
Juvenile Delinquency
Constitutionality of SB 1391 (Prophibiting Transfer of 14 or 15 Years Olds to Adult Criminal Court) Updated: 5/27/2020
Misconduct
Prosecutorial Misconduct--Improper Vouching for Correctional Officers Updated: 11/28/2018
Motions
PC 1473.7 Motion--Prejudice From Trial Counsel's Failure to Properly Advise on Immigration Consequences Updated: 3/25/2020
Pleadings
Trial Court Permission to Consolidate Pleadings Updated: 1/30/2019
Pleas
CPC Requirement to Challenge Negotiated Plea Based on Change in Law Updated: 4/1/2020
Pretrial Motions
Pretrial Discovery in Criminal Case--Facebook Updated: 6/10/2020
Pretrial Motions
Retroactivity of Mental Health Pretrial Diversion Program Updated: 5/27/2020
Pretrial Motions
Bail Conditions on Felony Defendants Updated: 4/25/2018
Probation & Parole
Eligibility for Youthful Offender Parole Hearing Updated: 6/24/2020
Probation & Parole
Standard for Reviewing Condition of Release on Mandatory Supervision Updated: 4/29/2020
Probation & Parole
Prop. 57 Parole for Prisoner Serving a Sentence for a Combination of Violent and Nonviolent Felonies Updated: 4/1/2020
Probation & Parole
Prop. 57--CDCR Excluding Sex Offenders From Early Parole Consideration Updated: 4/1/2020
Probation & Parole
Standard in Youth Offender Parole Hearings Updated: 1/2/2020
Sentencing
Fines, Fees, Assessments and Considering Defendant's Ability to Pay Updated: 6/17/2020
Sentencing
SB 1437--Record of Conviction When Considering Prima Facie Showing of Eligibility and Timing of Right to Appointed Counsel Updated: 6/17/2020
Sentencing
Does Gallardo (Limiting Judicial Fact-Finding for Prior Convictions) Apply Retroactively Updated: 6/10/2020
Sentencing
Imposing Lesser Firearm Enhancements That Were Not Charged or Submitted to Jury Updated: 6/10/2020
Sentencing
One Strike Law Pleading and Sentencing Updated: 5/13/2020
Sentencing
Imposition of PC 12022.53(e) Enhancements Not Pleaded Updated: 5/13/2020
Sentencing
Prop 47--Identity Theft Updated: 2/11/2020
Transferred
Natural and Probable Consequences Doctrine--Attempted Premeditated Murder Updated: 3/13/2019

 

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