The District Attorney’s office’s review of cases is a start, but there is still much work to be done to ensure justice for defendants whose cases are affected by outdated DNA protocols. I’ve previously discussed my work on a writ of habeas corpus for my client Florencio Dominguez involving the use of invalid DNA techniques…

My DNA writ was granted. Will justice be served for my client – and for others whose convictions were secured using the same bad science? As many folks already know, I have been working on a case for many years now involving the use of invalid scientific techniques for the interpretation of complex DNA mixture…

In November 2016, California passed a ballot initiative legalizing marijuana, now known as Prop 64 or The Adult Use of Marijuana Act. In January, communities across the state will begin opening the first non-medical marijuana stores. In my opinion, this marks a huge step forward in the fight against the failed war on drugs and…

The most common question I get when someone is arrested for DUI is, “What’s going to happen to me?” In this blog post, I’m going to explain the general consequences of a first time DUI in San Diego county. The penalties of a first time DUI include a maximum punishment of 6 months in county…

Nationwide, problems with lab interpretation of complex DNA mixtures persist. I’ve been working on a writ of habeas corpus involving complex mixture DNA samples.  I have written about this several times.  In this entry I would like to emphasis that this is not just a local San Diego issue, but rather an issue of national…

I believe the issues raised in this petition are a matter of grave public concern.  For this reason, I am trying to do the best I can to communicate this issue to the public and the legal community. I have been working on a writ of habeas corpus involving DNA evidence There are new guidelines…

Murder Conviction Overturned on Invalid DNA Evidence On October 6, 2017, the San Diego Superior Court overturned Florencio Dominguez’ (my client’s) murder conviction on a petition for Habeas Corpus. The success rate on getting a conviction overturned on habeas is less than one percent. This illustrates how significant this outcome is for my client and…

San Diego Cases involving DNA prior to April 2011 need to be reviewed… immediately. And the San Diego DA’s office has known this for a long time. In April 2011, the San Diego Police Department (SDPD) crime lab fundamentally changed the way it interprets DNA evidence involving mixture samples. Mixture samples are DNA evidence collected that…

A felony arrest can be a life changing experience fraught with anxiety and fear. Most of those feelings are because you don’t know what is going to happen. What can I expect when I go to court?  What are my rights? How long will this take? Will I be able to get out of jail?…

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