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Name: People v. Soiu
Case #: B157187
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 5
Opinion Date: 03/11/2003
Subsequent History: Req. to depublish den. 6/11/03

Appellant was convicted of stalking, and was found insane within the meaning of Penal Code section 1026. He was ordered committed to the Department of Mental Health for placement in a state hospital until his sanity was restored, but not to exceed three years. About a year later, appellant filed a petition for placement in a conditional release program pursuant to section 1026.2. The trial court took no action on the petition, relying on the recommendation of Patton State Hospital that appellant remain hospitalized. Appellant filed a supplemental petition a few months later, requesting the appointment…

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Name: People v. Ceja
Case #: B157257
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 03/07/2003
Subsequent History: Rev. denied 5/14/03

Appellant was convicted by jury of numerous kidnap and sexual offenses, and a new jury was empaneled for the NGI portion of his trial. After the evidence of insanity had been presented, the prosecutor moved, pursuant to Penal Code section 1118.1 for a dismissal of the special NGI plea. The court granted the motion and dismissed the jury. Appellant was sentenced to 150 years to life plus four consecutive life terms in state prison. On appeal, he argued that the trial court erred during the NGI portion of the trial by directing a verdict in favor…

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