Jun. 27, 2022 – People v. Pineda (Supreme Ct., S150509)

In an automatic appeal in a death penalty case, the Supreme Court affirms the judgment in its entirety and rejects claims of erroneous admission of prior acts evidence and improper excusal of a prospective juror. Justice Liu’s concurring opinion discusses possible constitutional challenges to the lack of a unanimity requirement for aggravating factors in capital cases.