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Week of January 24, 2022

Summary of Cases Accepted and  
Related Actions During Week of January 24, 2022 

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[This news release is issued to inform the public and the press of cases that the Supreme Court has accepted and of their general subject matter.  The statement of the issue or issues in each case set out below does not necessarily reflect the view of the court, or define the specific issues that will be addressed by the court.] 

 

#21-22  Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. County of Monterey, S271869. (H045791; 70 Cal.App.5th 153; Monterey County Superior Court; 16CV003978.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed the judgment in a civil action. The court limited review to the following issue: Does Public Resources Code section 3106 impliedly preempt provisions LU-1.22 and LU-1.23 of Monterey County’s initiative “Measure Z”?   

#21-23  People v. Curiel, S272238. (G058604; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 02CF2160.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal reversed a post-judgment motion in a criminal matter and remanded for further proceedings. This case presents the following issue:  Does a jury’s true finding on a gang-murder special circumstance (Pen. Code, § 190.2, subd. (a)(22)) preclude a defendant from making a prima facie showing of eligibility for resentencing under Penal Code section 1170.95? 

#21-24  People v. Boston, S272107. (C086940; nonpublished opinion; Shasta County Superior Court; 16F4160.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal remanded for resentencing in part, and otherwise affirmed a judgment of conviction of criminal offenses. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in People v. Williams, S262229 (#20-189), which presents the following issue:  Does Penal Code section 3051, subdivision (h), violate the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment by excluding young adults convicted and sentenced for serious sex crimes under the One Strike law (Pen. Code, § 667.61) from youth offender parole consideration, while young adults convicted of first degree murder are entitled to such consideration? 

#21-25  People v. Hernandez, S272245. (F081137; nonpublished opinion; Tulare County Superior Court; VCF092425-02.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order denying a post-judgment motion in a criminal matter.   

#21-26  People v. Probus, S272391. (E072780; nonpublished opinion; Riverside County Superior Court; SWF003257.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal affirmed an order denying a post-judgment motion in a criminal matter.   

The court ordered briefing in Hernandez and Probus deferred pending decision in People v. Strong, S266606 (#21-101), which presents the following issue:  Does a felony-murder special circumstance finding (Pen. Code, § 190.2, subd. (a)(17)) made before People v. Banks (2015) 61 Cal.4th 788 and People v. Clark (2016) 63 Cal.4th 522 preclude a defendant from making a prima facie showing of eligibility for relief under Penal Code section 1170.95? 

#21-27  People v. Parks, S272389. (C092561; nonpublished opinion; Sacramento County Superior Court; 95F08570.) Petition for review after the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal from an order denying a post-judgment motion in a criminal matter. The court ordered briefing deferred pending decision in People v. Delgadillo, S266305 (#21-72), which presents the following issues: (1) What procedures must appointed counsel and the Courts of Appeal follow when counsel determines that an appeal from an order denying postconviction relief lacks arguable merit? (2) Are defendants entitled to notice of these procedures? 

Dispositions 

The following cases were transferred for reconsideration in light of People v. Lewis (2021) 11 Cal.5th 952 and Senate Bill No. 775 (Stats, 2021, ch. 551): 

#21-412  People v. Binns, S269573 

(B301959; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; SA028021) 

#20-226  People v. Brinson, S263341 

(A157869; nonpublished opinion; Sonoma County Superior Court; SCR289231) 

#21-361  People v. Coley, S268930 

(A159927; nonpublished opinion; Solano County Superior Court; VCR208165) 

#20-343  People v. Davila, S264750 

(B298856; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; KA090972) 

#20-215  People v. Devlin, S263124 

(B297848; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; SA039719) 

#21-335  People v. Diego, S268887 

(B303304; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; YA000719) 

#21-284  People v. Galarza, S268654 

(B303867; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA227460) 

#21-285  People v. Garcia, S268068 

(B304788; Los Angeles County Superior Court; VA128373) 

#20-160  People v. Gerolaga, S262273 

(C089457; nonpublished opinion; San Joaquin County Superior Court; STKCRFE20030006717, SF087581A) 

#20-359  People v. Gutierrez, S264702 

(B306036; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA215904) 

#21-384  People v. Herrera, S269416 

(B301607; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; TA066571) 

#21-362  People v. Higgs, S269036 

B305937; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; PA071844) 

#21-181  People v. Kendrick, S267268 

(C089236; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; STKCRFE20020007201, SF085059B) 

#21-373  People v. Kim, S269031 

(G059338; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 08NF1399) 

#21-385  People v. Kishor, S268995 

(C092425; nonpublished opinion; Sacramento County Superior Court; 98F01523) 

#21-145  People v. Leon, S267052 

(B304478; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; KA085870) 

#21-336  People v. Mateo, S268757 

(B305965; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA414092) 

#21-363  People v. Mendoza, S269104 

(B307382; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA396381) 

#21-201  People v. Monroy, S267678 

(G058919; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 02CF0424) 

#20-326  People v. Rendon, S264611 

(G057637; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 12CF1604) 

#21-374  People v. Shaw, S269297 

(B306212; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; MA054450) 

#20-407  People v. Trotter, S265713 

(C089578; nonpublished opinion; Sacramento County Superior Court; 05F03192) 

#21-33  People v. Urrutia, S266082 

(G058118; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 02NF0517) 

21-250  People v. Walker, S268046 

(B302037; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA242819) 

#20-248  People v. Williams, S263129 

(B300341; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA212549) 

#20-287  People v. Williams, S264052 

(B300682, B301373; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; TA124662) 

#20-216  People v. Williams, S263193 

(B299053; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; KA007720) 

#20-408  People v. Woods, S265686 

(B297732; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; KA033813) 

The following cases were transferred for reconsideration in light of Senate Bill No. 775 (Stats, 2021, ch. 551): 

#20-384  People v. Love, S265445 

(B302892; 55 Cal.App.5th 273; Los Angeles County Superior Court; TA138408) 

#20-72  People v. Medrano, S259948 

(F068714, F069260; 42 Cal.App.5th 1001; Tulare County Superior Court; VCF282470A, VCF282470B, VCF282470C) 

Review in the following cases, which were granted and held for People v. Lewis (2021) 11 Cal.5th 952, was dismissed: 

#21-326  People v. Childress, S268856 

(B299879;nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA356413) 

#21-349  People v. Franco, S269178 

(B305769; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; VA142960) 

#20-296  People v. Gallegos, S264315 

(G057647; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 99CF1231) 

#20-173  People v. Griffin, S262362 

(B297212; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; TA109162) 

#20-239  People v. Gutierrez, S263661 

(B300949; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA149083) 

#21-262  People v. Hughes, S267794 

(A160287; nonpublished opinion; Alameda County Superior Court; 159734A) 

#20-400  People v. Kuykendall, S265787 

(B297725; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; VA038748) 

#20-356  People v. Lawson, S265171 

(B299681; nonpublished opinion Los Angeles County Superior Court; A790260) 

#21-242  People v. Luster, S267983 

(A157997; nonpublished opinion; Contra Costa County Superior Court; 59345034) 

#21-153  People v. Martin, S267267 

(B299948; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; A982883) 

#21-243  People v. Martin, S268007 

(E074388; nonpublished opinion; Riverside County Superior Court; RIF135704) 

#20-257  People v. Mayes, S263784 

(B298207; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; KA054756) 

#20-241  People v. Medrano, S263669 

(B297430; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA291921) 

#21-320  People v. Mireles, S268605 

(B299600; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA289903) 

#21-389  People v. Osuna, S269125 

(F079997; nonpublished opinion; Kings County Superior Court; 14CMS3764C) 

#20-300  People v. Poncio, S264279 

(G057709; nonpublished opinion; Orange County Superior Court; 00CF3110) 

#20-301  People v. Quintana, S264392 

(B299286; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA357016) 

#21-291  People v. Sainz, S268423 

(D077858; nonpublished opinion; San Diego County Superior Court; CR86492) 

#21-29  People v. Sanchez, S266176 

(B299635; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; A960340) 

#21-114  People v. Serrato, S266863 

(B305470; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; GA008060) 

#21-191  People v. Sorrels, S267463 

(B305320; nonpublished opinion; Los Angeles County Superior Court; BA321479) 

 

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