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By Rains, Lucia, Stern, St. Phalle & Silver | November 6, 2023 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Murderer? Part 1

ROGER D. WILSON Of Counsel Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC “Murderer! Murderer!” came the shouts from a group of four men and women standing nearby as Modesto Police Officer Joseph Lamantia and I walked to the entrance of the Stanislaus County Courthouse. As we passed the group, […]

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By Mastagni Holstedt A.P.C. | October 3, 2023 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

Deadly Force Ruled Objectively Reasonable to Stop Suspect With Replica Gun

BRIAN GABRIEL Associate Attorney Mastagni Holstedt, APC Amid increased scrutinization of deadly officer-involved shootings, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently vindicated the objectively reasonable standard in analyzing lawsuits involving the use of deadly force by peace officers. In Estate of Strickland v. Nevada County, 69 F.4th 614 (9th Cir. […]

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By Messing Adam & Jasmine | October 1, 2023 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

The Ninth Circuit Upholds a ‘Suspicionless’ Detention Under ‘Special Circumstances’

MATTHEW TAYLOR Associate Attorney Messing Adam & Jasmine LLP In its July 7, 2023, decision, Bernal v. Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Case No. 22-15690, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the first time that law enforcement officers’ detention of witnesses, without suspicion, under “special circumstances” did not violate […]

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By PORAC | September 7, 2023 | Posted in PORAC LDF News

The Skelly Presentation: Strategic Disclosures Ahead of Evidentiary Hearing

MONTANA MASSONE, ESQ. Associate Attorney Castillo Harper, APC After receiving a call from my client that she received a Notice of Intent to Terminate, I awaited documents outlining all my client’s alleged misconduct. My client’s interview had been several hours long, and I expected that this meant the investigation and […]

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