John Balazs is an attorney in Sacramento, California, specializing in criminal defense, including appeals, habeas corpus, pardons, expungements, and civil forfeiture actions. After graduating from UCLA Law School in 1989, he clerked for Judge Harry Pregerson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. John was an Assistant Federal Defender in Fresno and Sacramento from 1992-2001. Please email EDCA items of interest to Balazslaw@gmail.com. Follow me on twitter @balazslaw.
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This morning, a Fresno federal jury returned a verdict of not guilty on all counts (1 count of obstruction of justice and 4 false statements counts) in Raul De Leon's trial. Congrats to defense attorney Paul Goyette.
Even though I'm over 40 and just learned how to use facebook, I've found the Modesto Bee's twitter updates on the Raul De Leon trial, available at https://twitter.com/roaddogcase, easy to maneuver and quite informative. Not only did I learn that Judge Wanger denied the defense Rule 29 motion today after the prosecution rested and that the defense is expected to put on its case tomorrow, but I also read this tidbit:
The fire alarm is going off here at the courthouse. But Judge Wanger says it's a drill and we don't have to leave. Jurors are laughing.
According to the Modesto Bee today, jury selection was completed in the trial of retired Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputy Raul De Leon today before Judge Wanger in Fresno. In probably a first in this district, Modesto Bee Leslie Albrecht is providing up to the minute twitter updates which you can follow at https://twitter.com/roaddogcase.
Modesto Bee, 3/17/09reports that retired Stanislaus County Sheriff's Captain Raul DeLeon will start trial on April 28, 2009, before Judge Wanger after the judge denied his motion to dismiss his false statement and conspiracy charges.