Awards and Recent Cases of Pat Ford

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Recent Victories

People v Hansen (D040052) Governor commutes life term following murder conviction–client released from prison.

Dominguez v. Kernan (9th Cir.2018) 906 F.3d 1127 (Co-counsel)  Published reversal in the 9th Circuit on a procedural point in a gang murder case.  Case remanded. Client later released from prison following a plea to a lesser offense.

People v. Roberts (2017) 13 Cal.App.5th 565. Gang conviction reversed due to improper police questioning.

People v. Buckley (2016) (D066227). Two felony stalking convictions reversed due to improper theory of the prosecution.

Riley v. California (2014) 134 S.Ct.2473. An important U.S. Supreme Court case where the court unanimously found the warrantless search of the defendant’s cell phone violated the Fourth Amendment.

People v. Goodman (2014) (D063787). Murder conviction reversed due to improper interrogation techniques used by the police.

In re Arevalos (2014). Sexual battery by a police officer conviction reversed based on the state’s failure to provide the defense with evidence of innocence.

People v. Villapando (2013) (G046110). Reversal of sex charges following police sting operation based on the court’s failure to instruct the jury on entrapment.

People v. Sifuentes (2012) 195 Cal.App.4th 410. Reversal of weapon possession and gang enhancement based on an incorrect legal theory.

In re Hill (2011) 198 Cal.App.4th 1008. Reversal of multiple child molest counts and 16 life prison terms based on trial counsel’s failure to challenge the prosecutor’s medical expert with evidence of innocence.

Maxwell v. Roe (2010) 606 F.3d 561. Reversal of murder conviction based on the trial court’s failure to hold mental competency proceedings. The conviction was reversed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals after 12 years of litigation in the state and federal appellate courts.

People v. Wilson (2008) 44 Cal.4th 758. Death sentence reversed by the California Supreme Court based on the improper discharge of a dissenting juror during deliberations.

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