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Name: People v. Rounds
Case #: G063593
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 3
Opinion Date: 06/05/2024
Summary

Trial court abused its discretion in denying defendant’s petition for a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon (PC 4582.01 et seq) by relying “almost entirely” on two statutorily impermissible factors: the details of the underlying crime and the unfairness to the victims and their families of granting the petition. Further, although it is proper to consider whether the defendant has admitted culpability for the crime, here the trial court improperly relied on defendant’s plea to a reduced charge as evidence that he failed to accept responsibility.

The full opinion is available on the court’s website here:  https://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/G063593.PDF