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

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Application of the Heck Doctrine in Federal Civil Rights Cases

ZACHERY LOPES Partner Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC On July 19, 2022, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit published its opinion in Lemos v. County of Sonoma,1 circumscribing the practical reach of what is known as the Heck doctrine2 in federal civil rights cases. Generally, […]

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By Messing Adam & Jasmine | August 4, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Two Progressive Prosecutors Suffer Significant Defeats

MATTHEW TAYLOR Associate Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP Recently, two high-profile California prosecutors who outspokenly sought major criminal justice reforms, Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón and San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin, suffered significant political and legal defeats. On June 2, the California Court of Appeal ruled that […]

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By Castillo Harper, APC | July 7, 2022 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Update: CA DUI Lawyers Association v. CA Department of Motor Vehicles

DANIEL CABALLERO Certified Law Clerk Castillo Harper, APC Even police officers make mistakes and, unfortunately, occasionally some of our PORAC Legal Defense administrative caseload involves the police officer arrested for off-duty driving under the influence. For the officer, that involves the criminal defense component, the Department of Motor Vehicles license […]

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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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