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SB 1437–Impermissible Judicial Factfinding by Relying on the Preliminary Hearing Transcript to Deny Petition at the Prima Facie Stage?

Case Name: People v. Patton (2023) 89 Cal.App.5th 649, review granted 6/28/2023
Case #: S279670/B320352
Last Updated: March 27, 2024

Did the trial court engage in impermissible judicial factfinding by relying on the preliminary hearing transcript to deny defendant’s Penal Code section 1172.6 petition at the prima facie stage? (See People v. Lewis (2021) 11 Cal.5th 952.)

Review on this issue has also been granted with briefing deferred in:

Second District

  • People v. Pickett (2023) 93 Cal.App.5th 982, review granted 10/11/2023 (S281643/B320892)
  • People v. Johnson (B321220) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 11/15/2023 (S282130)
  • People v. McPeters (B321140) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 11/15/2023 (S282062)

Third District

  • People v. Rhone (C096805) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 12/13/2023 (S282507)
  • People v. Jackson (C097977) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 3/20/2024 (S283708)

Fourth District

  • People v. Challoner (E080908) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 11/29/2023 (S282434)
  • People v. Thomas (E080674) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 3/12/2024 (S283548)
  • People v. Ortega (E080670) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 3/27/2024 (S283851)

Fifth District

  • People v. Vaughn (F084104) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 9/13/2023 (S281320)
  • People v. Rhynes (F085253) [nonpub. opn.], review granted 3/27/2024 (S283899)
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