Notable Cases

Watson v. California

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari on a petition arguing that the defendant’s sentence was illegal because the judge, not a jury, found facts that elevated the sentence.

Naya v. California

The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari on a petition arguing that the defendant’s sentence was illegal because the judge, not a jury, found facts that elevated the sentence.  

People v. Alvarado

Several serious felony convictions ordered reversed by the Fifth District Court of Appeal on grounds that the charges were improperly amended during the trial.

Unites States v. Davis, 428 F.3d 802 (9th Cir. 2005)

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the guilty plea of the defendant vacated on grounds that he received ineffective assistance of counsel from his trial attorney.

Campos v. Stone

A federal judge in the Northern District of California granted the defendant’s federal habeas corpus petition and ordered the conviction vacated on the ground that his admissions made during a police interrogation were coerced.

People v. Diaz

The Fifth District Court of Appeal fully reversed the defendant’s convictions on the ground that his waiver of a jury trial was invalid because it was not knowingly and intelligently made.

People v. Flynn

The Fifth District Court of Appeal reversed several sex offenses on the ground that the defendant was improperly denied the right to present certain evidence at trial.

People v. Woren

The appellate division of the Los Angeles Superior Court reversed most of the convictions on the ground that the record on appeal was not sufficiently preserved denying the defendant meaningful appellate review of his case.

People v. Valle

The Second District Court of Appeal fully reversed the defendant’s convictions on the ground that the judge improperly told the jurors what a preliminary hearing is.  The Court of Appeal agreed with Mr. Kravis’s argument that this improperly influenced the jury.