Dec. 21, 2022 – People v. Kocontes (4th Dist., Div. 3, G059475)

The Court of Appeal affirms defendant’s murder conviction, finding the county had jurisdiction where the crime occurred on the high seas, no Massiah violation occurred, the government did not engage in outrageous conduct by allegedly interfering with the defense team, COVID-19 protocols did not violate defendant’s rights, the Marsden motions were properly denied, and the trial court appropriately addressed juror misconduct. The Court of Appeal also finds that defendant’s prior inappropriate relationship, a lab report, and emails by the deceased should not have been admitted, but that the errors were harmless.