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March 7th, 2013

by Bob Egelko

In: Criminal Defense

Fallen stove case: Verdict overturned

blog1 The state Supreme Court overturned the murder conviction Thursday of a burglar who was driving down a freeway with his loot when a stolen stove fell off his pickup truck and caused a fatal crash. Cole Wilkins of Long Beach was convicted of first-degree murder on the grounds that he was still fleeing the scene of the burglary when the fatality occurred. He was sentenced to 26 years to ... // read more >

March 7th, 2013

by Bob Egelko

In: Criminal Defense

Death penalty restored for San Jose man

blog1 A federal appeals court reinstated the death sentence Thursday for a San Jose man who killed a teenage employee during a 1979 liquor store robbery, saying the verdict was not affected by shackling that forced defendant Marvin Walker to limp to and from the witness stand. U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong had granted Walker a new trial in 2011, saying the jury may have been s... // read more >

March 7th, 2013

by Ellen Huet

In: Criminal Defense

SF bicyclist faces manslaughter trial

blog1 The bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian in San Francisco's Castro neighborhood last year must stand trial on felony vehicular manslaughter charges, a judge ruled Thursday. Chris Bucchere cried softly during the final argument of his preliminary hearing when his attorney described him as a good person and a family man who gives back to his community. Bucchere, a 36-year-old... // read more >

March 8th, 2013

by Jill Tucker

In: Criminal Defense

MC Hammer tweets he is free of charges

blog1 It appears rapper MC Hammer won't have to trade his parachute pants for an orange jumpsuit following his arrest at a Dublin shopping center two weeks ago. Charges for resisting an officer in Dublin have been dropped, the musician and dancer tweeted Friday evening. "Thank You to all my friends and supporters. All CHARGES DECLINED. Dropped," he wrote. "Have A great Weekend." For now, we... // read more >