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Justice Reverses Three-Strikes Sentence, Proves Beneficial for Accused Man

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In 2004, Federal District Court Judge Spencer Letts reversed the verdict for a man who was given a mandatory 25-year prison sentence because of the California "three-strikes" law. The accused, M.B., was convicted of his first felony in 1988, after he got in a car accident then stole money from the other driver. A few years later, he was under the influence of drugs and had a fight with his girlfriend, who called the police. In this case, he pleaded no contest to assault, making that his second strike. The last strike was brought on by M.B.'s purchase of less than a gram of crack cocaine, for which he was convicted of drug possession.

Under the California Three Strikes Law, M.B. was required to spend 25 years in prison, after which his release would be approved by a parole board. M.B. tried numerous times to appeal to the court for leniency, but to no avail. In 2002, Justice Letts was assigned to give M.B. his final sentence appeal. Fortunately for M.B., Letts viewed him as someone in need of help with his substance abuse, rather than a criminal. After thoroughly researching M.B.'s case for 2 and a half years, Judge Letts ruled that his sentence was not proportionate to his crime. Letts concluded that his past convictions had not been proportionate to felonies for the Three Strikes Law purposes and that in his second strike ruling, there had actually been a mistake. The court had recorded it as assault with a gun, but he had actually pleaded no contest to simple assault.

After M.B. was freed, he not only became good friends with Judge Letts but also received his GED. He is currently a volunteer at the Los Angeles Dream Center, helping others overcome substance abuse. According to the Huffington Post, Judge Letts stated that M.B. was proof that people had the same basic goodness if given the chance. If you have been charged with a drug crime, then turn to a tough Orange County criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman who can give you the defense you deserve.

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    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    MISDEMEANOR SETTLEMENT

    2ND DUI

    Misdemeanor on completion of community service - Felony 2nd DUI, under 21 with injury.

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    case dismissed

    CASE REJECTED

    ATTEMPTED MURDER OF POLICE OFFICER

    Los Angeles Arrest Pre-filing representation on Attempted murder of police officer, assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.

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    CASE
    REJECTED

    CASE REJECTED

    ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON

    Strike felonies including assault with a deadly weapon - car with great bodily injury.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CAR ACCIDENT

    Car accident, no license, speeding (filed by Anaheim City Attorney).

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD ENDANGERMENT / CRUELTY

    Penal Code 273a(b) Child endangerment/cruelty.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CHILD MOLESTATION

    Child molestation: Felony.

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    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    PROBATION TERMINATED EARLY

    COMMERCIAL BURGLARY

    Commercial burglary probation violation: dismissed, no violation found.

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    case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CONTEMPT OF COURT ORDER

    Contempt of court order by a gang member.

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    Case dismissed

    Case dismissed

    CSA CASE

    CSA case dismissed.

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