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By Rains, Lucia, Stern, St. Phalle & Silver | July 1, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

A Perfect (and Passing) Storm

ANDREW M. GANZ Attorney Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC On April 29, after very brief deliberations, a Sonoma County jury acquitted Sergeant Lance Novello on all charges in a case that epitomized the overreach and injustice of the current crusade to charge and convict police officers. The […]

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By Stone & Busailah, LLP | June 1, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

No Discipline for Officer’s Refusal to Consent to Cell Search

MUNA BUSAILAH Partner Stone Busailah, LLP MICHAEL SILANDER Associate Stone Busailah, LLP Question — Can you be disciplined for refusing to produce your personal cell phone for an administrative search?   Answer — In sum, peace officers can expect that their personal cell phones, if purchased by themselves, may generally not […]

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By Messing Adam & Jasmine | May 1, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Alameda Officers Found “Not Criminally Liable” in Prone Restraint Death

ALISON BERRY WILKINSON Principal Attorney Berry Wilkinson Law Group (Of Counsel, Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP)  SCOTT P. THORNE Associate Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP Almost a year after Officers Eric McKinley, James Fisher and Cameron Leahy encountered an incoherent man with open alcohol containers in a small city park, […]

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By Mastagni Holstedt A.P.C. | May 1, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Malicious Prosecution Ruling Impacts Law Enforcement 1983 Liability

DAVID E. MASTAGNI Partner Mastagni Holstedt, APC In 2014, Larry Thompson was living with his wife and newborn daughter. Thompson’s sister-in-law suffered from a mental illness and reported to 9-1-1 that Thompson was abusing his child. Officers showed up to Thompson’s home without a warrant, arrested him and charged him […]

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