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Name: Sandoval v. Calderon
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 11/06/2000
Subsequent History: None
Summary

Due process did not require the severance of any of the four murders charged in the single action. The state’s case against Sandoval on each set of crimes was strong, and the evidence was cross-admissible. At the time the trial court ruled on the severance motion, there was no way it could have known that the victim in one of the murders was more innocent than the other victims. There was no error, let alone prejudicial error, in trying the counts jointly.