In a disappointing but not surprising decision, the California Attorney General's Office filed a notice of appeal [9th Cir. No. 13-15933], motion to stay, and a notice of intent to retry George Souliotes after the EDCA Court granted him habeas relief from his arson-murder conviction. See "DA to Retry Souliotes," Modesto Bee, 5/6/13, "State Fights Ruling," Modesto Bee, 5/7/13, and "Jury Trial Scheduled For Former Modesto Landlord," Modesto Bee, 5/10/13. This is the case where modern science has debunked the arson evidence the prosecution used to convict Souliotes. See my prior Souliotes case posts.
Unless a stay is granted pending appeal, the retrial is set for July 8 in Stanislaus County. The next pretrial hearing is June 10.
Yesterday's Modesto Bee reports that SF attorney James Brosnahan has agreed to represent Souliotes pro bono with help from his Morrison & Foerster colleagues and Souliotes's habeas team. Brosnahan, last seen in the EDCA in the successful defense in the Harrison Jack case, is often cited in polls of the top trial attorneys in the country.