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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...

People v. Reese  
Date: March 9, 2017
Docket Number: S230259

Justia Opinion Summary: In People v. Hosner, the Supreme Court held that an indigent criminal defendant facing retrial is presumptively entitled to a full and complete transcript of the prior proceedings. Defendant in this case was an indigent...

J.M. v. Huntington Beach Union High School District  
Date: March 6, 2017
Docket Number: S230510

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a minor, filed a complaint against Huntington Beach Union High School District (District), alleging that he was injured in a school football game. Plaintiff’s personal injury action accrued on October 31, 2011...

City of San Jose v. Superior Court  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S218066

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner requested disclosure of thirty-two categories of public records from the City of San Jose, its redevelopment agency and executive director, and other elected officials and their staffs, seeking documents conce...

Flethez v. San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Ass’n  
Date: March 2, 2017
Docket Number: S226779

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, Leticia Flethez, a former employee of San Bernardino County, filed an application with San Bernardino County Employees Retirement Association (SBCERA) for a service-related disability retirement and allowance. I...

People v. Delgado  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: S089609

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of two counts of first degree murder, two counts of assault by a life prisoner with malice aforethought, and possession of a sharp instrument by a prisoner. The jury also found...

Central Coast Forest Ass’n v. Fish & Game Commission  
Date: February 27, 2017
Docket Number: S208181

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1995, the Fish and Game Commission added to the list of endangered species coho salmon in streams south of San Francisco. In 2004, it joined this coho population with coho from San Francisco north to Punta Gorda. Sinc...

Perry v. Bakewell Hawthorne, LLC  
Date: February 23, 2017
Docket Number: S233096

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff sued Bakewell Hawthorne, LLC and JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, claiming that he fell and was injured on property owned by Bakewell and leased by Chase. Plaintiff made no disclosure of expert witnesses, but in respo...

Roy Allan Slurry Seal, Inc. v. American Asphalt South, Inc.  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S225398

Justia Opinion Summary: During a three-year period, Defendant outbid Plaintiffs on twenty-three public works contracts to apply a slurry seal coating on various roadways in California. Plaintiffs jointly sued Defendant in five counties for inte...

People v. Superior Court of San Bernardino County  
Date: February 16, 2017
Docket Number: S228642

Justia Opinion Summary: Johnny Morales was sentenced to death. Appellate counsel filed in the superior court a “Motion to Preserve Files, Records, Evidence and Other Items Related to Automatic Appeal” seeking an order seeking preservation of se...

People v. Hall  
Date: February 9, 2017
Docket Number: S227193

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of possessing cocaine base for sale and placed on three years of probation. The terms of Defendant’s probation barred him from possessing firearms or illegal drugs. Defendant offered no objection...

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