Under California’s Felony Murder Rule, an Unarmed, First-Time Offender Served 29 Years in Prison for Waiting in a Getaway Car During a Robbery

By: Wallin & Klarich

Connie Keel was charged with first-degree murder for participating as an aider and abettor in the robbery of a liquor store that resulted in the death of the store clerk. Keel was convicted of murder in California at her 1981 trial, even though she was never accused of killing anyone with her own hands. To …

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Grounds for Being Convicted of Receiving Stolen Property

By: Wallin & Klarich

A California Appellate Court affirmed once again that a person convicted of theft in California cannot also be convicted of receiving stolen property when the property in question is the property of the theft. The courts have long recognized that a crime of theft and/or robbery is the taking of personal property of another. Now, …

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California Robbery with Multiple Employees Present Influences Charges

By: Wallin & Klarich

California Supreme Court Confirms Its Position on Robbery Issue, Meaning You Need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney The California Supreme Court recently clarified a conflict in the Court of Appeal concerning whether, for purposes of Robbery, all employees have constructive possession of the employer’s property while on duty and thus may be separate victims of …

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