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  Wednesday, October 10, 2018  
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Civil Law and Procedure
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(d) is subject to the requirement in 28 U.S.C. Sec. 2253(c)(1) for a certificate of appealability.

U.S. v. Gonzalez - filed Oct. 10, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 15-50483
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Criminal Law and Procedure
When one object of a multiple-object conspiracy is not supported by sufficient evidence but another one is, a general verdict need not be set aside since the jury's verdict is presumed to rest on the object that was supported by sufficient evidence rather than the object that was not. Evidence of a common motive, joint action in pursuit of a common objective, and a coordinated cover-up will suffice to support the existence of a conspiracy. 18 U.S.C. Sec. 1519 prohibits the creation of false documents and the alteration of existing documents.

Payton v. Davis - filed Oct. 10, 2018
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 17-55054
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Criminal Law and Procedure
A criminal defendant who has been found not guilty by reason of insanity is entitled to a hearing on his application for release, and it is the duty of the trial court to secure the state hospital's recommendation on the appropriateness of release prior to the hearing. Indigent NGIs seeking release from civil confinement are entitled to the appointment of an independent expert to assist them with their release petitions, upon request by the NGI.

People v. Endsley - filed Oct. 10, 2018, Fourth District, Div. Two
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4947
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Criminal Law and Procedure
When a prior felony conviction has been introduced to impeach, ordinarily the trial court should exclude evidence of the underlying conduct, but if the conduct underlying the felony adds significant probative value, it can be used for impeachment purposes.

People v. Gutierrez - filed Oct. 10, 2018, Fourth District, Div. Two
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4952
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Family Law
A court properly took jurisdiction over a child custody matter after a court in the child's home state expressly declined jurisdiction in favor of a California forum.

In re E.R. - filed Oct. 10, 2018, Second District, Div. Six
Cite as 2018 S.O.S. 4955
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LACBA Celebrates 140 Years of Service to the Los Angeles Legal Community and Recognizes Past and Present Bar Leaders in Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month

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Krystal Rodriguez-Campos
Krystal Rodriguez-Campos is a managing attorney at the Law Office of Steven R. Espinoza, an immigration law firm. Her passion for immigration law stems from her experiences as the daughter of a Cuban refugee mother and Mexican immigrant father. She has been a member of the State Bar of California since December 2010.

Ms. Rodriguez-Campos graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2006 with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and Spanish. She then attended the University of La Verne, College of Law, receiving her Juris Doctor in May 2010.

During law school, she participated in a study abroad program through Santa Clara University of Law, studying Refugee and Asylum law in San Jose, Costa Rica. She was actively involved in the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF). Ms. Rodriguez-Campos also clerked as a law student at the Children Rights’ Project at Public Counsel, serving at the Pro Per Guardianship Clinic and assisting in Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) cases. In her final year of law school, she worked as a student legal representative at the Justice and Immigration Clinic, successfully representing a Central American man in a defensive asylum case.

Prior to beginning law school, Ms. Rodriguez-Campos volunteered at Public Counsel, Peace over Violence, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, working with low-income individuals in need of legal services.

Ms. Rodriguez-Campos is active in her community, having participated in various local “charlas” and Know Your Rights presentations, as well as appearing on Univision. She is a member of the Los Angeles Bar Association (LACBA) and a UCLA alumni mentor. She credits her academic and legal success to her parents who instilled in her the spirit of hard work and the desire to help others. She deeply believes that the value of immigrants’ contributions to the shaping of our country has been immeasurable and that the greatness of our country lies in its immigrant population.

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