Dismissal of First-Degree Murder Charges

James A. Goldstein, defending a first degree murder case in San Fernando gained a dismissal by way of a Motion to Dismiss (1118.1 Penal Code) at the close of the defense case. Judge Harvey Giss granted the motion. Goldstein was able to get his client’s confession suppressed as the result of the coercive tactics employed by LAPD Homicide Detectives. What was left of the People’s case was a tentative ID of the Defendant which was retracted during the cross-examination by Goldstein and accomplice testimony that was called into question by the incentive(s) given to the accomplice by the prosecution (plea to a lesser charge of manslaughter). Read article in the Los Angeles Times.

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