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Name: People v. Allison
Case #: A153527
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 2
Opinion Date: 09/05/2019

Petitioner was not required to obtain certificate of probable cause (CPC) prior to filing a habeas petition in the superior court challenging his unlawful sentence. From 2000 to 2005, Allison pleaded no contest to multiple violent felonies in three different cases. He ultimately received an aggregate 51-year term in 2005 as part of his plea agreement in the third case. In 2017, he filed a habeas petition alleging multiple sentencing errors, which was granted (in 2015, CDCR had also written a letter to the trial court stating that Allison's abstract of judgment could be in error or incomplete for…

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Name: People v. Lopez
Case #: B282867
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 4
Opinion Date: 01/09/2018

Defense counsel's concession of defendant's guilt on charge of hit and run was not tantamount to a guilty plea and does not require reversal of that conviction. While driving under the influence of alcohol, Lopez hit and killed a motorcyclist, then fled the scene. He had prior convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol. Lopez was convicted of second degree murder and felony hit and run resulting in death. On appeal he argued his attorney's concession of guilt as to the hit and run, without any evidence he knowingly waived his constitutional trial rights, required reversal of his convictions.…

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