People v. Hsiu Ying Lisa TsengAnnotate this Case
The Court of Appeal affirmed defendant's convictions of three counts of second degree murder, 19 counts of unlawfully prescribing controlled substances, and one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. The court held that substantial evidence supported defendant's second degree murder convictions, and the trial court did not err in admitting evidence of the six uncharged deaths of defendant's patients.
The court also held that defendant failed to demonstrate prejudicial error in the trial court's denial of her motion to unseal the affidavit in support of the warrant to search her bank accounts, or in finding that the warrant was supported by probable cause; nor has she demonstrated any miscarriage of justice from introduction at trial of the financial information obtained through the warrant. Finally, the court held that defendant failed to demonstrate that the prosecution committed prejudicial misconduct warranting reversal; the trial court did not err in reopening closing arguments; the impositions of consecutive sentences on Counts 1 and 4 did not violate Penal Code section 654; and the cumulative error doctrine did not apply.