Friday, December 27, 2013, Attempted Armed Robbery Case Dismissed On Day Of Trial

by feldmanwallach

Compton Courthouse.  Ian Wallach’s client faced 21 years of potential incarceration.  Certain exculpatory evidence (including a recorded statement from the victim identifying the armed assailant in clothes worn by someone else that was arrested with the client but not charged) was produced extremely late (three court days prior to trial).  The client’s version of events was consistent with the late-produced exculpatory evidence.  Moreover, the victim was not apparently cooperating with the prosecution.  Rather than trail the matter for three days to search for the victim, the District Attorney’s office admirably chose to dismiss the case, and the client – who had been incarcerated for almost five months – went home.