May 25, 2022 – Statement Dissenting From Order Denying Review – People v. Blessett (S273349, C074267)

In a murder case where extensive gang evidence was improperly admitted under Sanchez, yet the Court of Appeal found the error harmless beyond a reasonable doubt, Justice Groban, joined by Justice Liu, issues a statement dissenting from the order denying review. Justice Groban writes that “there is significant reason to doubt whether the erroneous admission of [the evidence] was harmless,” and that he “would grant review to consider this issue and thereby provide additional guidance to our lower courts on how to apply the Chapman standard for review of constitutional error.”