A151336

In a case in which a former police officer was charged with nine counts of felony grand theft (Penal Code section 487, subd. (a)), the Court of Appeal held that “the prosecutor repeatedly used deceptive or reprehensible methods that, given their cumulative impact, denied defendant his right to a fair trial.” Specifically, the court found that the following acts constituted misconduct: (1) misleading the jury about whether the prosecution offered defendant a plea deal; (2) impugning defendant’s character by referring to him in the jury’s presence as a “dirty cop”; (3) stating before the jury that a “female judge” had found the alleged victim’s story credible at the preliminary hearing; and (4) insinuating that the trial judge or the court had an improper relationship with defendant.

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