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Name: People v. Reese
Case #: B253610
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 2 DCA
Division: 8
Opinion Date: 09/17/2015
Subsequent History: Review granted 1/13/2016 (S230259)

The trial court did not violate defendant's right to equal protection when it denied his request for transcripts of the opening statements and closing arguments presented during his first trial, which ended in a hung jury. Reese was charged with making criminal threats and other offenses. His first trial ended in a hung jury. Prior to retrial, Reese, who was representing himself, moved for a complete transcript of the first trial. The trial court provided him with transcripts of the witnesses' testimony, but not the opening statements and closing arguments. Reese's request for the missing transcripts was denied.…

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Name: Saesee v. McDonald
Case #: 10-15895
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 08/05/2013

Trial attorney did not provide ineffective assistance when he expressed hope during his opening statement that a defense witness would appear and corroborate the defendant's alibi but then failed to produce the witness at trial. Saesee was convicted of first degree murder and other offenses and was given life in prison without possibility of parole. During his opening statement at trial, defense counsel stated that the grandfather of appellant's girlfriend was with Saesee and his girlfriend on the night of the killing and counsel "was counting on him to tell the truth" and corroborate the girlfriend's alibi for Saesee. The…

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