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Volume IV, Number 2 • July 2011• Archives of Past Issues
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Message from the Chair

To our Criminal Justice Section members and other interested parties:

Almost 300 people attended our Section's Annual Awards Dinner on May 10, 2011 at which we honored Honorable Peter Espinoza as the Judge of the Year, United States Attorney André Birotte as the Prosecutor of the Year, Deputy Public Defender Nan Whitfield as the Defense Attorney of the Year and former Chief Deputy Public Defender Bob Kalunian with the Career Achievement Award. Photos of the honorees are featured in this newsletter. It was a great event, as those of you who attended know. You can see all of the photos at the photographer's website at: http://www.gibersonportraits.com/clients/CJA2011.

We have a great CLE event planned for July 21, 2011 at the LACBA conference room. Retired Head Deputy District Attorney Robert Schirn will discuss and present evidence from the high publicity trials of OJ Simpson and the Menendez brothers, who were tried and convicted of murdering their parents. At our last CLE seminar on April 14th, Mr. Schirn gave a fascinating presentation regarding the trials of the Manson family's "Helter Skelter" murders and the trial of Richard Ramirez, aka the "Night Stalker." Those who attended that seminar really enjoyed it, so we are bringing Mr. Schirn back with another set of notorious cases from California's criminal past. You won't want to miss this event!

This will be my last message to you as the Criminal Justice Section Chair. This past year has been successful due to the excellent assistance that I received from our section staff coordinator, Fatima Jones, my executive committee members and many of you. Of course, I will still be part of the executive committee of the Section, as I have since 1985, and will continue to work to help our Section become a driving force for improvement within the criminal justice system and an organization that is ever responsive to the needs of our members. Ken Chiu is the incoming Chair of the Criminal Justice Section. Please let us know of your concerns and suggestions so that we can serve you better. I look forward to seeing you at our Section events throughout the coming year!

Bea Dieringer, Chair, Criminal Justice Section, 2010-2011

Scheduled Events

An Evening with Robert Schirn: The O.J. Simpson and Menendez Brothers Cases

Join us as Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Robert Schirn takes us on an insightful journey into two of the most notorious and high-profile criminal cases in recent American history: the trials of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez brothers.

For more information and to register for this event, click here.


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

February 23, 2011: What level of justification is required for police to enter and search a residence to look for possible injured victims?

March 23, 2011: May California courts suppress evidence on constitutional grounds in the absence of a US Supreme Court mandate for suppression?

Aprl 18, 2011: Must an officer be a "peace officer" in order to relate hearsay at a preliminary hearing?

April 19, 2011: May solicitors be arrested and convicted for trespassing on the property of retail establishments?

May 16, 2011: May police enter private premises to prevent the imminent destruction of evidence, where this risk resulted from police announcement of their presence?

May 26: 2011: Must police and social workers obtain a court order to conduct schoolhouse interviews of minor victims, witnesses or suspects?

June 13, 2011: If a defendant shows that police discovered his commission of a crime only because of an illegal detention, search or arrest, can he suppress himself?

June 16, 2011: Does a minor's age bear on the Miranda "custody" determination?

June 17, 2011: If police conduct a search or seizure that complies with existing rulings, is resulting evidence suppressible where a rule is subsequently changed?

June 22, 2011: May the court order a defendant to give a fingerprint exemplar at arraignment or during a preliminary hearing, trial or other court appearance?

July 6, 2011: Can police obtain a valid waiver and an admissible statement after a suspect in custody invokes his right to silence?

Ninth Circuit Reports - June, 2011


Take a look at photos of the award winners from the 2011 Criminal Justice Awards event

Judge of the Year – Hon. Peter P. Espinoza with Bea Dieringer

Career Achievement – Robert E. Kalunian presented by Michael P. Judge

Prosecuting Attorney of the Year – André Birotte, Jr., presented by Justice Nora Manella

Defense Attorney of the Year – Nanzella "Nan" Whitfield presented by Robin Bernstein-Lev

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