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Rape Conviction Reinstated

By Pacific Attorney Group  Jan. 17, 2012 9:30a

In a recent decision by the Supreme Court, a previous conviction that had been struck down by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 2010 was reinstated. About 10 years ago a Sacramento man, S.J., was found guilty of breaking and entering and repeated sexual assault, including rape, of a 72-year-old woman. S.J. was found guilty in the original criminal court case. As it was his third felony conviction he was sentenced to 310 years in prison under California's Three-Strikes laws. The defense appealed the ruling and was successful in getting the guilty verdict thrown out in 2010. The federal appeals court stated that the defendant did not get a fair trial based on the fact that the prosecution dismissed two jurors from the jury pool that were the same race as the defendant. If you have questions concerning criminal charges or would like to appeal a conviction California speak with a Los Angeles criminal defense attorney who may be able to help.

U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Ruling Overturned

The County District Attorney's Office as well as those at the state attorney general's office were stunned by the appeals court ruling and took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Supreme Court reversed the ruling of the appeals court after reviewing the case and included the statement, "There was simply no basis for the 9th Circuit to reach the opposite conclusion, particularly in such a dismissive manner." The appeals court then reinstated the original conviction in the case.

A Los Angeles criminal lawyer could help you appeal a conviction!

Even if you have been found guilty and convicted of a crime in California, you still have options and rights. With the help of a skilled Los Angeles appeals lawyer it may be possible to get the conviction overturned and thus regaining your liberty and freedom. The dedicated legal team at the Amerio Law Firm has successfully handled a variety of appeals cases for those in need of excellent criminal defense. We understand what is on the line for our clients and do everything possible to get a swift resolution. We thoroughly review the case and ensure any and all errors in the court proceedings or legal process are discovered and brought to light. A knowledgeable attorney with the firm then makes a compelling argument on the client's behalf before the appellate court judges with the express intention of making sure our client's rights are fully upheld.

Contact a Los Angeles appeal attorney at our firm now to find out what we may be able to do for your criminal defense needs!

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