The Criminal Docket


 October 2010                           Criminal Docket Archive

Volume III, Number 12   

A Message from the Chair

Dear Criminal Justice Section Members,

As the incoming chair of the Los Angeles County Bar’s Criminal Justice Section, I would like to thank you for your continued membership in our section and ask you to invite colleagues who are not yet members to consider joining. The Criminal Justice Section is unique in that, unlike many other criminal law-related organizations that are defense- or prosecution-oriented, our members consist of criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges.

I also want to encourage you to get involved in our section activities by volunteering to help us on one or more of our section committees.  In addition to our continuing committees, the CLE Program, Criminal Justice Awards Dinner, and Criminal Docket Newsletter Committees, I am pleased to announce three new committees that we are starting up this year: the Criminal Justice Court Reform Committee, Criminal Bench & Bar Networking and Community Service Project Committee, and the Mentor-Mentee Committee. All of these committees, except for the Awards Dinner Committee, need additional volunteers. So please join us. Committee service is not only rewarding but also a lot of fun! A volunteer form, with a brief description of each committee, is included in this newsletter.

If time does not permit you to participate in committee work this year, please consider offering us your suggestions and input to help us make the Criminal Justice Section more responsive to your needs.  You can contact me at or our section administrator, Fatima Jones, at

We have a number of great events planned for this coming year.  On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, we will offer a CLE/Dinner program: “Negotiating Settlements in Criminal Cases: Perspectives from the Defense, Prosecution & the Judiciary."  Panel members will include the Honorable Peter Espinoza, Supervising Judge of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Criminal Division; two prominent criminal defense attorneys who previously received the Defense Attorney of the Year award from our section—George Bird and Rich Hutton; and veteran Deputy DA Danette Meyers, former Prosecutor of the Year and Los Angeles County Bar Association president, who was recently in the news as the prosecutor on the Lindsay Lohan case.  This will be a very informative program that you won’t want to miss, so save the date!

We are also planning some criminal bench and bar networking events, additional CLE programs and, of course, our annual Criminal Justice Section Awards Dinner, scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2011.  We will keep you updated via e-mails, the Criminal Docket newsletter and our Criminal Justice Section Web page at  I look forward to working with you and for you this coming year!

Bea Dieringer
Chair, Criminal Justice Section


Scheduled Events

Saturday, October 9, 2010 (8:30 am-12:30 pm with breakfast): Crimes and Immigration Seminar , presented by the Immigration Law Section and cosponsored by the Criminal Justice Section. The seminar will address new case law and offer strategies regarding several topics, including relief and eligibility from removal, the courts’ use of the Categorical Approach and the Modified Categorical Approach, and post-conviction relief after Padilla.

Speakers: Mario Acosta Jr. and Robert F. Jacobs. Moderator: Carlos R. Juelle.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010 (5:30-8:00 pm with dinner): Negotiating Settlements in Criminal Cases: Perspectives from the Defense, Prosecution & the Judiciary

Speakers: Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Peter Espinoza, Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division; George Bird and Rich Hutton, prior recipients of the Criminal Justice Section’s Defense Attorney of the Year award; and Deputy DA Danette Meyers, former Prosecutor of the Year and LACBA president, and current prosecutor of the Lindsay Lohan case.

In This Issue

One Minute Briefs from L.A. County District Attorney:

September 7, 2010: What is the proper procedure when a defendant challenges as involuntary another’s statement implicating him in a crime?

August 19, 2010: Can a suspect who is arrested and jailed for another offense also be prosecuted for bringing illegal drugs into the jail, when he knowingly possessed the drugs as he entered the jail? 

August 3, 2010:  May a detention or arrest be based on a suspect’s suspicious conduct, even though that conduct might be as consistent with innocence as with guilt? 


Ninth Circuit Reports

September 4, 2010
September 1, 2010
August 31, 2010

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