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Recent Victory Highlights
Feb. 14, 2011

Recent highlights from our victory blog include the reversal of a minor's commitment to DJJ and failure to instruct on a lesser included offense.

In In re Jose T., No. A128020, the minor, who admitted commission of an aggravated assault, was initially placed at Right of Passage (ROP) with a suspended DJJ commitment. He subsequently admitted violating his probation by leaving ROP without permission. Although reports submitted for the subsequent dispositional hearing indicated that he had been doing very well at ROP, the court, stating that it would keep its promise, automatically imposed the suspended DJJ commitment and thereby abused its discretion. Our victory blog post on Wyatt, which includes a link to the opinion, is posted here.

In People v. Wyatt, No. A114612, the Court of Appeal reversed a conviction for assault on a child causing death due to the trial court's prejudicial error in failing to instruct on the lesser included offense of simple assault. Our victory blog post on Wyatt, which includes a link to the opinion, is posted here.

There are many victories posted on the victory blog, where you can peruse them all, or use the blog search engine to look for reversals in specific areas of law.

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