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In re Kristopher Kirchner  
Date: April 24, 2017
Docket Number: S233508

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner committed murder when he was sixteen years old and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. The sentencing court did not give due consideration to the factors in Miller v. Alabama in imposing t...

John v. Superior Court of Los Angeles County  
Date: April 21, 2017
Docket Number: S222726A

Justia Opinion Summary: Section 391.7’s prefiling process applies to self-represented plaintiffs who have been declared vexatious litigants. Plaintiff initiated an unlawful detainer action against Defendant. Defendant largely represented hersel...

Poeple v. Becerrada  
Date: April 17, 2017
Docket Number: S170957

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder with the special circumstances of killing a witness, murder, in the commission of kidnapping, and lying in weight. The jury also found Defendant guilty o...

Shaw v. Superior Court  
Date: April 10, 2017
Docket Number: S221530

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed suit against Defendants, alleging that she was unlawfully terminated from employment. The complaint set forth two causes of action, one based on Cal. Health & Safety Code 1278.5(g) and one based on wrongf...

McGill v. Citibank, N.A.  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: S224086

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff opened a credit card account with Defendant Citibank, N.A. and purchased a credit protector plan. Defendant later amended the original agreement by adding an arbitration provision. The provision waived the righ...

DisputeSuite.com, LLC v. Scoreinc.com  
Date: April 6, 2017
Docket Number: S226652

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff and Defendants entered into a business relationship embodied in a series of oral and written agreements. Two of the written agreements contained clauses subjecting disputes arising out of the agreements to the...

P. v. Winbush
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: S117489M
Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach  
Date: March 30, 2017
Docket Number: S227473

Justia Opinion Summary: This California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) dispute centered on whether an environmental impact report (EIR) must identify areas that might qualify as environmentally sensitive habitat areas (ESHA) under the Califor...

People v. Patterson  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: S225193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a Canadian citizen, pleaded guilty to a drug possession charge. Defendant filed a motion to withdraw the plea on grounds of mistake or ignorance. The trial court denied the motion, concluding that it was insuf...

People v. Romanowski  
Date: March 27, 2017
Docket Number: S231405

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether theft of access card account information is one of the crimes eligible for reduced punishment under Proposition 47. In 2014, Defendant pleaded no contest to a felony. Voters subsequently...

Carmack v. Reynolds  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: S224985

Justia Opinion Summary: Under the terms of a spendthrift trust established by his parents, Defendant was entitled to receive over one million dollars, all to be paid out of trust principal. Before the trust’s first payment, Defendant filed for...

People v. Gonzales  
Date: March 23, 2017
Docket Number: S231171

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2014, the electorate passed the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (the Act), which reduced penalties for certain theft and drug offenses by amending existing statutes. The Act created the crime of “shoplifting,” whic...

People v. Brooks  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: S099274

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and other crimes. The jury found true special-circumstance allegations. After a penalty phase, the jury returned a verdict of death.The trial court denie...

People v. Garcia  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: S218197

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded no contest to two counts of nonforcible lewd conduct. The trial court placed Defendant on probation, ordered him to register as a sex offender, mandated his participation in an approved sex offender man...

People v. Merritt  
Date: March 20, 2017
Docket Number: S231644

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of robbery. The jury found true allegations that Defendant personally used a firearm during both robberies. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court commi...

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