SAKAI OBTAINS SUMMARY JUDGMENT RELATED TO COLD CASE GANG MURDER PROSECUTION

On March 29, 2021, the United States District Court, Central District of California granted, summary judgment in favor of the County of Los Angeles and individual Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Detectives in Dominique Evans, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al. Plaintiffs, who were prosecuted for a 1997 cold case gang murder in Altadena, but ultimately acquitted, alleged that the County and two of its detectives, as well as the City of Pasadena and one of its detectives, fabricated evidence and coerced witnesses. Notwithstanding that several witnesses recanted their testimony, LBAC successfully argued that the remaining witness testimony and undisputed facts were sufficient to support the criminal court’s findings of probable cause and, therefore, Plaintiffs’ federal Section 1983, malicious prosecution, Bane Act, conspiracy, and false imprisonment claims failed as a matter of law.