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P. v. Super. Ct.
Date: June 26, 2017
Docket Number: S232639
People v. Sivongxxay  
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S078895

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the superior court convicting Defendant of one count of first degree murder, thirteen counts of robbery, and two counts of attempted robbery and sentencing Defendant to death. T...

P. v. Brooks
Date: June 19, 2017
Docket Number: S099274M
Scher v. Burke  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: S230104

Justia Opinion Summary: Cal. Civ. Code 1009(b), which limits the circumstances in which courts may find implied dedication of private coastal property, applies to property used by the public for nonrecreational vehicle access, as well as proper...

Ryan v. Rosenfeld  
Date: June 15, 2017
Docket Number: S232582

Justia Opinion Summary: The rule announced in Bond v. United Railroads, 159 Cal. 270 (Cal. 1911), that the statute authorizing appeals of postjudgment orders covers denials of Cal. Code Civ. Proc. 663 motions remains valid. Plaintiff sued Defe...

In re Bell  
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: S151362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court denied Petitioner's petition for writ of habeas corpus seeking relief on the ground of juror misconduct, holding that Petitioner failed to prove his claim of misconduct. Petitioner was sentenced to dea...

Augustus v. ABM Security Services
Date: June 8, 2017
Docket Number: S224853M
People v. Parker  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: S076169

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of seven counts of first degree murder committed in the late 1970s and early 1980s with the special circumstances of multiple murder and murder during the attempted commission or commission of the...

Weatherford v. City of San Rafael  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: S219567

Justia Opinion Summary: An individual’s standing to sue under Cal. Code Civ. Proc. 526a does not require the payment of a property tax, as an allegation that the plaintiff has paid an assessed tax to the defendant locality is sufficient under s...

Williams & Fickett v. County of Fresno  
Date: June 5, 2017
Docket Number: S224476

Justia Opinion Summary: When an assessment on nonexempt property is challenged on the ground that the taxpayer does not own the property involved, the taxpayer must seek an assessment reduction through the assessment appeal process before the c...

People v. Gonzalez  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: S223763

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was whether Defendant’s hand gesture unaccompanied by words or sound qualified as a “statement, made verbally” under Cal. Penal Code 422. Section 422 makes it a crime to threaten infliction of great bodily injur...

P. v. Gutierrez
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Number: S224724
People v. Gutierrez  
Date: June 1, 2017
Docket Numbers: S224724A, S224724, S240419

Justia Opinion Summary: During jury selection proceedings, three defendants joined in a Batson/Wheeler motion, arguing that the prosecutor improperly excluded prospective jurors on account of Hispanic ethnicity. The trial court denied the motio...

People v. Martinez  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: S219970

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was involved in an accidental collision with a twelve-year-old boy riding on a scooter. Defendant stopped and checked on the boy. Defendant drove off when he saw the boy loaded into an ambulance. Defendant plea...

Dhillon v. John Muir Health  
Date: May 25, 2017
Docket Number: S224472

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the application of the general rule that a litigant may appeal an adverse ruling only after the trial court renders a final judgment when a trial court has granted a petition for writ of adminis...

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