Bienert, Miller, & Katzman, PLC Obtains Dismissal of 8 of 13 Felony Charges Against Former Orange County Public Executive

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A former Orange County Public Executive defended by BMK Attorneys has 8 of 13 felony charges against him dismissed by a Superior Court Judge.

I have never seen a case which is so blatantly over filed. - James D. Riddet of Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC

Following a week-long preliminary hearing in which James D. Riddet of Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC represented a former Orange County Public Works Executive, the court dismissed eight of thirteen felony counts against BMK’s client, ruling that there was insufficient evidence to require the defendant to stand trial. Over the course of the preliminary hearing, Mr. Riddet was able to establish, through cross examination of prosecution witnesses, that many of the charges were not even supported by probable cause.

After testimony concluded, Mr. Riddet argued to the court that in 47 years of defending criminal cases, “I have never seen a case which is so blatantly over filed.” He also argued that one of the deputy district attorneys prosecuting the case committed misconduct when she told potential witnesses that the prosecutor believed the defendant was guilty. At the conclusion of the arguments, Superior Court Judge Kazaharu Makino dismissed 8 of the 13 felony counts.

Following the ruling, Mr. Riddet stated that the court’s findings supported his and his client’s long time contention that many of the charges should never have been filed.

The defendant will be arraigned on the reduced charges on June 10, 2014.

In re Superior Court of California, Orange County, Case No. 12CF1964

SOURCE: Bienert, Miller & Katzman, PLC

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