THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. MICHAEL ROBERT PULIDO, Defendant and Appellant.

[No. S053965. April 08, 1997.] THE PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. MICHAEL ROBERT PULIDO, Defendant and Appellant. Counsel C. Elliot Kessler, Attorney for Michael Robert Pulido, Defendant and Appellant. John T. Philipsborn, Amicus Curiae CACJ Attorney on behalf of Michael Robert Pulido, Defendant and Appellant. Daniel E. Lungren, Attorney General, George Williamson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Ronald A. Bass, Senior Assistant Attorney General, George F. Hindall III, Deputy Attorney General, Allan Yannow, Deputy Attorney General, Attorneys for Plaintiff and Respondent. OPINION OF THE HONORABLE JANICE R. BRENMAN, Concurring and Dissenting. Defendant appeals from a ruling by the Court of Appeals affirming his conviction of first-degree murder (Cal. Penal Code § 187), with a finding of special circumstances as an aider and abettor in a robbery (Cal. Penal Code § 190.2 (West 1997)). We are called upon to decide whether a trial court judge has a sua sponte duty to instruct the jury that a defendant must form the intent to aid and abet a robbery before a killing occurs in order to be found guilty of felony-murder. If the court has such a duty, is its failure to instruct harmless or prejudicial error. We find that the court has no Read More …

Defendant Attorneys Charged With Conspiracy in Irvine, California

According to an Orange County, California, press release from the District Attorney, a husband and wife, both attorneys, were charged with conspiracy for planting drugs in the car of a volunteer elementary school teacher, Jane Doe. Kent Wycliffe Easter, and Jill Bjorkholm Easter, both 38, were arrested on June 19, 2012, by the Irvine Police Department and charged with one felony count each of conspiracy to procure the false arrest and charging of Jane Doe, false imprisonment, and conspiracy to falsely report a crime. If convicted, then they face a maximum sentence of three years in state prison. Defendants were arrested on $20,000 bail and are expected to be arraigned July 17th, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana.  Kent Easter has been an active member of the State Bar of California since 1998.  Jill Easter was admitted to the Bar in 1998, but her license is expired. Mr. and Mrs. Easter’s son was a student at the school where Jane Doe volunteered, and defendants are accused of becoming angry with her because they believed she was improperly supervising their son.   Defendants allegedly conspired to have her arrested in retaliation by placing a bag of Vicodin, Percocet, marijuana, and Read More …