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Name: People v. Umana
Case #: C047790
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 3 DCA
Opinion Date: 04/13/2006

There was sufficient evidence of attempted extortion and sending a threatening letter with the attempt to extort where appellant sent a letter demanding “restitution” for damages suffered as a result of a rape. The letter demanded cash and threatened further action including contact with the police and civil charges. A reasonable jury could have concluded that the letter was a threat not only to pursue civil remedies, but to initiate criminal proceedings. The validity of the claim against the victim was immaterial, and therefore there was no error in so instructing the jury by way of CALJIC 14.72.