Supreme Court of California Decisions 2012

Nalwa v. Cedar Fair, L.P.  
Date: December 31, 2012
Docket Number: S195031

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was the scope of the primary assumption of risk doctrine, under which participants in, and operators of, certain activities have no duty of ordinary care to protect other participants from risks inh...

Ralphs Grocery Co. v. United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 8  
Date: December 27, 2012
Docket Number: S185544

Justia Opinion Summary: After a labor union began picketing on a supermarket's privately owned walkway in front of the store's customer entrance, the supermarket owner sought a court injunction to prevent the picketing. The owner argued that be...

Giraldin v. Giraldin  
Date: December 20, 2012
Docket Number: S197694

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a revocable trust. After the settlor died, the beneficiaries sued the trustee for breach of the fiduciary duty committed while the settlor was still alive and the trust was still revocable rather than...

People v. Watkins  
Date: December 17, 2012
Docket Number: S026634

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of the first degree murder of Raymond Shield. In addition, the jury (1) found true the special circumstance allegation that Defendant murdered Shield while in the commission of...

Jankey v. Lee  
Date: December 17, 2012
Docket Number: S180890

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a wheelchair user, sued a grocery store owner, contending that a four-inch step located at the entry of the market was an architectural barrier that prevented him and other wheelchair-bound individuals from wh...

P. v. Dungo
Date: December 12, 2012
Docket Number: S176886M
DiCampli-Mintz v. County of Santa Clara  
Date: December 6, 2012
Docket Number: S194501

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendants, a hospital and doctors, alleging negligence. The hospital was owned by the County. The County filed a motion for summary judgment, alleging that Plaintiff failed to comply...

People v. Homick  
Date: December 3, 2012
Docket Number: S044592

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and five others carried out the September 1985 murders of Vera and Gerald Woodman in California. In a federal prosecution against Defendant, a jury in 1991 convicted him of murder for hire, for which he was sen...

People v. Schmitz  
Date: December 3, 2012
Docket Number: S186707

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the constitutional limits of a vehicle search based on a passenger's parole status. Here, an officer, aware that the front seat passenger was on parole, searched the back seat of Defendant's car and re...

In re Richards  
Date: December 3, 2012
Docket Number: S189275

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was convicted in 1997 for the murder of his wife. Petitioner subsequently sought habeas corpus relief, stating that his murder conviction was based on false evidence given at trial by the prosecution's dental...

Pac. Palisades Bowl Mobile Estates, LLC v. City of Los Angeles  
Date: November 29, 2012
Docket Number: S187243

Justia Opinion Summary: This controversy arose after the City of Los Angeles refused to accept Pacific Palisades Bowl Mobile Estates's application to convert its 170-unit mobilehome park from tenant occupancy to resident ownership because Palis...

Sargon Enters., Inc. v. Univ. of S. Cal.  
Date: November 26, 2012
Docket Number: S191550

Justia Opinion Summary: A small dental implant company sued a university for breach of a contract for the university to clinically test a new implant the company had patented. The company sought damages for lost profits beginning in 1998, rangi...

City of Alhambra v. County of Los Angeles  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S185457

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a dispute between Los Angeles County (County) and forty-seven cities (Cities) within County regarding how County calculated and imposed property tax administration fees on Cities for their share of Cou...

People v. Sanders  
Date: November 19, 2012
Docket Number: S191341

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted on two counts of possessing a firearm after conviction of a felony in violation of Cal. Penal Code 12021(a)(1) and two counts of possession a firearm after conviction of a specified violent offens...

People v. Wyatt  
Date: November 5, 2012
Docket Number: S189786

Justia Opinion Summary: While in Defendant's care, Defendant's young son died of shock and hemorrhage due to blunt force trauma. A jury convicted Defendant of involuntary manslaughter and assault on a child causing death. As relevant here, the...

In re Reno
Date: October 31, 2012
Docket Number: S124660M
In re Cabrera  
Date: October 29, 2012
Docket Number: S197283

Justia Opinion Summary: Prison regulations promulgated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) provide that validation of an inmate as a gang member or associate can result in the inmate's placement in a security h...

People v. Mills  
Date: October 18, 2012
Docket Number: S191934

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with murder, pled not guilty, and also raised an insanity defense. At the guilt phase trial, the prosecutor requested a jury instruction that Defendant was conclusively presumed to have been sane at...

People v. Rutterschmidt  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S176213

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and Codefendant were charged with murdering two men by running over each of them with a car. The prosecution's theory was that one of the two victims had been drugged before he was killed. To prove this point,...

People v. Dungo  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S176886

Justia Opinion Summary: At Defendant's murder trial, a forensic pathologist testifying for the prosecution described to the jury objective facts about the condition of the victim's body as recorded in the autopsy report and accompanying photogr...

People v. Lopez  
Date: October 15, 2012
Docket Number: S177046

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after her vehicle collided with another, killing its driver. To prove intoxication, the prosecution at trial introduced into evidence a laboratory analy...

In re W.B.
Date: September 26, 2012
Docket Number: S181638M
State of Cal. v. Continental Ins.
Date: September 20, 2012
Docket Number: S170560M
P. v. Houston
Date: September 19, 2012
Docket Number: S035190M
P. v. Brown
Date: September 12, 2012
Docket Number: S181963M
In re Reno  
Date: August 30, 2012
Docket Number: S124660

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved the second habeas corpus petition filed by Petitioner, who was sentenced to death. The petition was an "exhaustion petition," which sought to exhaust state claims in order to raise them in federal cour...

In re Coley  
Date: August 30, 2012
Docket Number: S185303

Justia Opinion Summary: In People v. Carmony (Carmony II), a decision of the California court of appeal concluded that a twenty-five-year-to-life sentence under the Three Strikes law constituted cruel and/or unusual punishment as applied to a d...

In re Bacigalupo  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: S079656

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was found guilty of the murders of two brothers. The trial court sentenced Petitioner to death. The Supreme Court affirmed. Petitioner subsequently filed a habeas corpus petition for relief from the judgment o...

People v. Aranda  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: S188204

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with two separate crimes, murder and participation in a criminal street gang. The court failed to include the standard reasonable doubt instruction prior to the jury's deliberations. The court's ins...

In re Greg F.  
Date: August 27, 2012
Docket Number: S191868

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved a ward on probation for an offense that made him eligible for commitment to the Division of Juvenile Facilities (DJF). The ward subsequently committed a new offense that was not listed in Cal. Code Wel...

Leung v. Verdugo Hills Hosp.  
Date: August 23, 2012
Docket Number: S192768

Justia Opinion Summary: Six days after his birth, Plaintiff suffered irreversible brain damage. Through his mother as guardian ad litem, Plaintiff sued his pediatrician and the hospital in which he was born. Before trial, Plaintiff and the pedi...

LeFiell Mfg. Co. v. Superior Court  
Date: August 20, 2012
Docket Number: S192759

Justia Opinion Summary: Cal. Lab. Code 4558 contains a power press exception to the general rule that workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy of an injured worker against the employer. Employee was injured while operating a power press wi...

Pinnacle Museum Tower Ass'n v. Pinnacle Market Dev.  
Date: August 16, 2012
Docket Number: S186149

Justia Opinion Summary: An owners association for a construction defect action against a condominium developer, seeking recovery for damage to its property and damage to the separate interests of the condominium owners who composed its membersh...

People v. Caballero  
Date: August 16, 2012
Docket Number: S190647

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2007, sixteen-year-old Defendant opened fire on three teenage boys who were members of a rival gang. A jury convicted Defendant of three counts of attempted murder. The jury found true that Defendant personally and in...

P. v. Sauceda-Contreras  
Date: August 13, 2012
Docket Number: S191747

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant, who spoke Spanish, was convicted of first degree murder. At issue on appeal was whether, while Defendant was in custody and after a law enforcement officer read Defendant his Miranda rights...

People v. Valdez  
Date: August 9, 2012
Docket Number: S062180

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant Richard Valdez of five counts of first degree murder. As to each count, the jury found true special circumstance allegations of multiple murder and gang and weapon enhancement allegations. The...

State v. Cont'l Ins. Co.  
Date: August 9, 2012
Docket Number: S170560

Justia Opinion Summary: This case considered complex questions of insurance policy coverage interpretation in connection with a federal court-ordered cleanup of the state's Stringfellow Acid Pits waste site. The Supreme Court affirmed the court...

People v. Duenas  
Date: August 6, 2012
Docket Number: S077033

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant of the first degree murder of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. The jury found true the special circumstance allegations that Defendant committed the murder to avoid a lawful arrest and th...

People v. W.B.  
Date: August 6, 2012
Docket Number: S181638

Justia Opinion Summary: The Minor in this case was the subject of several delinquency petitions. Minor was eventually placed in foster care. Minor appealed, arguing the dispositional order placing him in foster care had to be reversed because t...

People v. Turnage  
Date: August 6, 2012
Docket Number: S182598

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, an ex-felon on probation, planted an object near a government building that resembled a bomb and that caused fear and disruption when discovered. Defendant was convicted of violating Cal. Penal Code 148.1(d),...

People v. Houston  
Date: August 2, 2012
Docket Number: S035190

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant of the first degree murders of four persons and found true a multiple-murder special-circumstance allegation. The jury also convicted Defendant of the attempted murders of ten other persons and...

People v. Gonzales  
Date: August 2, 2012
Docket Number: S067353

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Ivan Joe Gonzales was convicted of murdering four-year-old Genny Rojas. The jury found as a special circumstances that the murder was intentional and involved the infliction of torture. However, it was unable t...

People v. McKinzie  
Date: August 2, 2012
Docket Number: S081918

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant of first degree murder and found true the robbery-murder and burglary-murder special circumstance allegations. The jury also convicted Defendant of first degree robbery, first degree burglary,...

People v. Tully  
Date: July 30, 2012
Docket Number: S030402

Justia Opinion Summary: An amended information charged Defendant Richard Tully with the 1986 murder of Shirley Olsson and assault with intent to commit rape. The information also alleged a special circumstance that the murder was committed in t...

People v. Barrett  
Date: July 30, 2012
Docket Number: S180612

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was an adult who was diagnosed with mental retardation and other mental disorders. Because of her increasingly violent behavior, the People sought to civilly commit Defendant pursuant to Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code...

People v. Villatoro  
Date: July 30, 2012
Docket Number: S192531

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of various counts of kidnapping, robbery, and rape against five women. During the trial, the trial court modified pattern jury instruction CALCRIM No. 1191, which explains to a...

People v. Thomas  
Date: July 23, 2012
Docket Number: S067519

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Defendant Keith Thomas of the first degree murder of Francia Young, of kidnapping her for the purpose of robbery, of forcibly raping her, and of forcibly sodomizing her. The jury also convicted Defendant...

People v. Yarbrough  
Date: July 19, 2012
Docket Number: S192751

Justia Opinion Summary: Burglary is committed when a person enters a building with the intent of committing larceny or any felony. In People v. Valencia, the Supreme Court held that a building is entered when the building's "outer boundary" is...

People v. Lara  
Date: July 19, 2012
Docket Number: S192784

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled no contest to one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury. Based on a negotiated disposition, the trial court sentenced Defendant to two years' incarceration. The question...

People v. Riccardi  
Date: July 16, 2012
Docket Number: S056842

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant John Alexander Riccardi guilty of the first degree murders of Connie Navarro and Sue Jory by use of a firearm. The jury also found true the special circumstance allegations of multiple murder and t...

People v. Runyan  
Date: July 16, 2012
Docket Number: S187804

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, driving while intoxicated, killed another driver instantly in a freeway collision. The accident left no surviving family, dependents, or heirs. Defendant was convicted and sentenced to prison. In addition, pur...

People v. Favor  
Date: July 16, 2012
Docket Number: S189317

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found Defendant guilty of robbery, as an aider and abetter, and attempted murder, on the theory that the nontarget offenses of attempted murder were a natural and probable consequence of the target offenses of rob...

People v. Bailey  
Date: July 12, 2012
Docket Number: S187020

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a prison inmate, was charged with escape from custody. However, Defendant only broke out of his cell and breached interior security barriers. The jury found Defendant guilty of escape from prison without force...

People v. Lightsey  
Date: July 9, 2012
Docket Number: S048440

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder, burglary, and robbery. The trial court sentenced Defendant to death. The Supreme Court remanded the case, holding that the trial court committed reversi...

People v. Stanley  
Date: July 9, 2012
Docket Number: S185961

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant entered a plea of no contest to felony vandalism for vandalizing a pickup truck, extensively denting it and damaging the driver's side door. The trial court ordered restitution in the amount of $2,812, reflecti...

Los Angeles Dep't of Children & Family Servs.  
Date: July 5, 2012
Docket Number: S187587

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case Father's two young children were adjudged juvenile court dependents, in part because of findings under Cal. Code Welf. & Inst. 300(f), which allows an initial adjudication of dependency if a child's parent c...

People v. Gonzalez  
Date: July 5, 2012
Docket Number: S189856

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Perla Gonzalez (Perla) recruited her brother and her boyfriend to assault Roberto Canas-Fuentes (Canas). After Canas fended off a knife attack and gained the upper hand in the fight, Perla handed the boyfriend...

State Bldg. & Constr. Trades Council v. City of Vista  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S173586

Justia Opinion Summary: A charter city entered into certain contracts for the construction of public buildings. A federation of labor unions then petitioned the superior court for a peremptory writ of mandate, asserting that the city must compl...

Smith v. Superior Court  
Date: July 2, 2012
Docket Number: S188068

Justia Opinion Summary: On February 10, Donald Smith and Christopher Sims were charged with felony first degree residential burglary. Smith did not waive his statutory right to be brought to trial within sixty days of his arraignment, but the t...

United Teachers of L.A. v. L.A. Unified Sch. Dist.  
Date: June 28, 2012
Docket Number: S177403

Justia Opinion Summary: After a school district (District) approved the conversion of an existing public school into a charter school, a union (UTLA) claimed that the District failed to comply with collective bargaining agreement provisions (CB...

In re M.M.  
Date: June 28, 2012
Docket Number: S177704

Justia Opinion Summary: A high school security officer arrested minor M.M. for vandalism. The county district attorney's office filed an amended petition alleging that the minor had resisted or delayed a public officer in violation of Cal. Pena...

P. v. Thomas
Date: June 27, 2012
Docket Number: S185305M
People v. McDowell  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S085578

Justia Opinion Summary: In 1984 a jury convicted Defendant of first degree murder, attempted murder, attempted rape, and burglary. After a penalty trial, the jury set the penalty at death. The Supreme Court affirmed. In 1997, the Ninth Circuit...

Am. Coatings Ass'n v. S. Coast Air Quality Dist.  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S177823

Justia Opinion Summary: The South Coast Air Quality Management District is charged with regulating nonvehicular air pollution emissions in regions that have some of the worst air pollution in the country. This case concerned the District's 2002...

Coito v. Superior Court  
Date: June 25, 2012
Docket Number: S181712

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was what attorney work product production, if any, should be accorded (1) recordings of witness interviews conducted by investigators employed by defendant's counsel, and (2) information concerning...

People v. Correa  
Date: June 21, 2012
Docket Number: S163273

Justia Opinion Summary: After police found Defendant Victor Correa hiding in a closet with a cache of guns, Defendant was convicted of seven counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The court of appeal affirmed. The Supreme Court ini...

People v. Jones  
Date: June 21, 2012
Docket Number: S179552

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a convicted felon, carried a loaded and concealed firearm. A jury convicted Defendant of possession of a firearm by a felon, carrying a readily accessible concealed and unregistered firearm, and carrying an un...

Parks v. MBNA Am. Bank, N.A.  
Date: June 21, 2012
Docket Number: S183703

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant MBNA America Bank issued a credit card to Plaintiff Allan Parks. As part of its service to cardholders, MBNA extended credit to Plaintiff by sending him convenience checks that did not include disclosures requi...

Gomez v. Super. Ct.  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S179176

Justia Opinion Summary: This case arose when petitioner filed a petition for writ of mandate in the Lassen Superior Court, seeking to require the prison to process four administrative appeals of grievances that he had filed. At issue was whethe...

People v. Brown  
Date: June 18, 2012
Docket Number: S181963

Justia Opinion Summary: Penal Code section 4019 has offered prisoners in local custody the opportunity to earn conduct credit against their sentences for good behavior. For eight months during 2010, a now-superseded version of section 4019 that...

Tomlinson v. Co. of Alameda  
Date: June 14, 2012
Docket Number: S188161

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from the county's determination that a proposed building project was categorically exempt from compliance with environmental law requirements. At issue was a statutory provision stating that a public ag...

People v. Streeter  
Date: June 7, 2012
Docket Number: S078027

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant of first degree murder and found true the special circumstance allegations of lying in wait and the intentional infliction of torture. At the second penalty retrial, defendant was sentenced to...

Magness v. Super. Ct.  
Date: June 7, 2012
Docket Number: S194928

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged in a felony complaint with attempted first degree burglary of an inhabited dwelling and second degree burglary of an automobile. At issue was whether a person standing in the driveway of a residence...

People v. Villalobos  
Date: June 4, 2012
Docket Number: S176574

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded no contest to attempted murder with a street-gang enhancement and to second degree robbery in exchange for a 17-year prison term and dismissal of other allegations. At issue was whether the imposition o...

People v. Mesa  
Date: June 4, 2012
Docket Number: S185688

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a gang member and convicted felon, shot a victim and was convicted of and punished for assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm by a felon, and actively participating in a criminal street gang. The cour...

People v. Souza  
Date: May 31, 2012
Docket Number: S076999

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to death after being convicted of the first degree murders of three victims and the attempted premeditated murders of two other victims. Defendant's appeal was automatic and the court addressed is...

People v. Mena  
Date: May 31, 2012
Docket Number: S173973

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and of carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. At issue was when a trial court denied a defendant's motion for a physical lineup and the defendant did no...

Sharp v. Super. Ct. of Ventura Cty  
Date: May 31, 2012
Docket Number: S190646

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner was charged with several felonies, including murder with special circumstances. At issue was whether Penal Code 1054.3(b)(1) extended to a defendant who had pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity (NGI) and p...

People v. Jones  
Date: May 7, 2012
Docket Number: S076721

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder of his elderly neighbor and the jury found true the three special circumstance allegations that the murder took place during the commission of rape, sodomy, and burglary. De...

People v. Thomas  
Date: May 3, 2012
Docket Number: S185305

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant lived and sold drugs in Madera County; possessed a key and a receipt for a storage locker that was located in neighboring Fresno County; the storage locker contained drugs and a firearm. The Court of Appeal rul...

Kirby, et al. v. Imoos Fire etc.  
Date: April 30, 2012
Docket Number: S185827

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs sued IFP and multiple DOE defendants for violating various labor laws as well as the unfair competition law (UCL)(Bus. & Prof. Code, 17200 et seq.). The amended complaint stated seven claims, the sixth of whic...

People v. Cornett  
Date: April 30, 2012
Docket Number: S189733

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of seven felony sex offenses related to the molesting of his two stepdaughters, including one count of oral copulation of Jane Doe 1 in violation of Penal Code 288.7. Defendant claimed on appeal,...

People v. Livingston  
Date: April 26, 2012
Docket Number: S090499

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the first degree murders of two victims under the special circumstance of multiple murder and lying in wait, of three counts of premeditated attempted murder, and of possession of a firearm by...

People v. Myles  
Date: April 26, 2012
Docket Number: S097189

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant and co-defendant were convicted of murder and the jury found true the special circumstance allegations that the murder was committed while defendant and co-defendant were engaged in the commission of a robbery....

Dicon Fiberoptics v. Franchise Tax Bd.  
Date: April 26, 2012
Docket Number: S173860

Justia Opinion Summary: The Enterprise Zone Act, Gov. Code, 7070 et seq., was enacted "to stimulate business and industrial growth" in "areas within the state that are economically depressed due to a lack of a private sector." Among the incenti...

Maldonado v. Super. Ct.  
Date: April 23, 2012
Docket Number: S183961

Justia Opinion Summary: Petitioner faced charges of first degree murder with a special circumstance. In compliance with his statutory pretrial discovery obligations, he notified the prosecution of his intent to introduce evidence, through desig...

People v. Hernandez  
Date: April 19, 2012
Docket Number: S178823

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder and contended that the trial court violated his right to counsel as guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment by barring his attorney from discussing with him the existence or contents of a seal...

People v. Weaver  
Date: April 16, 2012
Docket Number: S033149

Justia Opinion Summary: After defendant waived a jury trial, the court found him guilty of first degree murder under the special circumstances of robbery and burglary murder, of robbery, and of burglary. The court also found defendant personall...

Brinker Restaurant Corp. v. Super. Ct. of San Diego Cty  
Date: April 12, 2012
Docket Number: S166350

Justia Opinion Summary: This case stemmed from the DLSE's investigation into whether Brinker was complying with its obligations to provide rest and meal breaks to its employees, maintain proper records, and pay premium wages in the event requir...

Quarry v. Doe I  
Date: March 29, 2012
Docket Number: S171382

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs brought an action against the Roman Catholic Bishop of Oakland, alleging that defendant bore responsibility for sexual abuse committed during the 1970's by a priest then assigned to the Oakland diocese. Plaint...

People v. Abel  
Date: March 19, 2012
Docket Number: S064733

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted defendant of the first degree murder of the victim, also finding that he had personally used a firearm in the commission of the offense and finding true the circumstance that defendant had committed the...

P. v. Cravens
Date: March 14, 2012
Docket Number: S186661M
C.A. v. William S. Hart Union High School, et al.   
Date: March 8, 2012
Docket Number: S188982

Justia Opinion Summary: C.A., a minor, sued his public high school guidance counselor and the school district for damages arising out of sexual harassment and abuse by the counselor. At issue was whether the district court could be found vicari...

People v. Manzo  
Date: March 8, 2012
Docket Number: S191400

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of violating Penal Code section 246 by standing outside his truck and shooting a passenger. Defendant argued that because the gun had crossed the threshold of the truck at the time of the shooting...

In re Lucas  
Date: March 5, 2012
Docket Number: S181788

Justia Opinion Summary: These consolidated cases raised the following question: Under the statutes and regulations applicable here, what showing must be made to postpone the filing of a sexually violent predator (SVP) petition beyond the inmate...

People v. Thomas  
Date: February 23, 2012
Docket Number: S048337

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of second degree murder of one victim and two first degree murders of officers. The jury found true special circumstances allegations that the officers were killed while engaged in the performance...

People v. Fuiava  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S055652

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of the first degree murder of a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff and the premeditated attempted murder of the deputy sheriff's partner. The jury found true the special circumstance allegations th...

People v. Enraca  
Date: February 6, 2012
Docket Number: S080947

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder of two victims, with a multiple-murder special circumstance finding. Defendant was also convicted of assault with a deadly weapon on another victim, with a a great bodily in...

People v. Elliott  
Date: February 2, 2012
Docket Number: S027094

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder in the first degree with the special circumstance of murder during the commission of a robbery and sentenced to death. Defendant was also convicted of robbery and assault with a deadly w...

People v. Brents  
Date: February 2, 2012
Docket Number: S093754

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was sentenced to death on a first degree murder conviction by trying to suffocate the victim, putting her in the trunk of a car and driving to a remote location, pouring gasoline on her and the outside of the t...

People v. Cravens  
Date: January 30, 2012
Docket Number: S186661

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of various crimes against a number of victims. At issue was whether there was sufficient evidence to support defendant's conviction of second degree murder under a theory of implied malice when de...

People v. Johnson  
Date: January 30, 2012
Docket Number: S188619

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of crimes arising out of two separate assaults. At issue was whether California courts could apply a higher standard of mental competence for self-representation than for competency to stand trial...

Vandermost v. Bowen  
Date: January 27, 2012
Docket Number: S198387

Justia Opinion Summary: A proposed referendum in this case would require the electorate to decide at the November 2012 general election whether to accept or reject the California state Senate district map certified by the Citizens Redistricting...

Rossa v. D.L. Falk Construction, Inc.  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S183523

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2006, a jury awarded plaintiffs for breach of contract, and the trial court awarded plaintiffs costs and attorney and expert witness fees. Defendant appealed the judgment. At issue on appeal was whether Cal. Rules of...

People v. Mil  
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S184665

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of first degree murder and the jury made true findings as to the burglary-murder and robbery-murder special circumstances. The jury was fully instructed as to the elements of the felony-murder spe...

P. v. Mil
Date: January 23, 2012
Docket Number: S184665
O'Neil, et al. v. Crane Co., et al.  
Date: January 12, 2012
Docket Number: S177401

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants, makers of valves and pumps, were sued for a wrongful death allegedly caused by asbestos released from external insulation and internal gaskets and packing, all of which were made by third parties and added to...

People v. Nelson  
Date: January 12, 2012
Docket Number: S181611

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant, a 15-year-old, was tried as an adult and convicted of the murder of a 72-year-old and of five first degree burglaries relating to the residences of the victim and two other women. At issue was whether defendan...

People v. Pearson  
Date: January 9, 2012
Docket Number: S120750

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted, among other things, for first degree murder and sentenced to death. The jury found that the murder was committed during the course of robbery, kidnapping, rape, and sexual penetration by a foreig...

People v. Maultsby  
Date: January 5, 2012
Docket Number: S182042

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted by a jury of a petty theft offense, but admitted a prior felony conviction. Defendant appealed only the admission of the prior conviction. At issue was whether Penal Code section 1237.5 applied un...

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