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cases is a start, but there is still much work to be done to ensure justice for defendants whose cases are affected by outdated DNA protocols.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…

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?…

Hiring an investigator may be the most important thing you do in defense of your criminal charges. Retaining a good criminal defense investigator ensures that your defense team can hit the ground running. Most people who get charged with a crime have enough common sense to hire an attorney. However, not many people think about…

In a case that garnered massive nation media attention, my client was charged in ten counts of Conspiracy to Commit Murder.  The prosecution relied on a rarely used statute to charge my client with Murder Conspiracies involving multiple alleged gang shootings in South East San Diego that occurred in 2014. The Situation: The prosecution charged my…

My client was charged with Murder and a Gang Enhancement, charges that carry a sentence of 50-years-to-life.  After a long trial, the jury hung in favor of the defense (9 to 3) and the judge dismissed the case. The Situation: My client was charged with Murder with an enhancement that the murder was done for the benefit of,…

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