Author: Federal Public Defender, CDCA

Governor Brown Appoints Chief Deputy Anne Hwang as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Posted on December 7, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Anne Hwang, the Chief Deputy with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Anne Hwang, 42, of View Park-Windsor Hills, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Hwang has been chief deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Central District of California since 2018, where she has served in several positions since 2006, including […]..

Jeffrey Aaron Appointed Public Defender of Mendocino County

Posted on August 23, 2018

The Mendocino County Board of Supervisors announced today that Jeffrey Aaron, Directing Attorney in the Eastern Division of the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, has been appointed as their Public Defender. Mr. Aaron has been a public defender for over 25 years, 10 of which he spent with the FPD-CDCA. The Mendocino County of Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey A. Aaron as Mendocino County Public Defender. Mr. Aaron joins the County of […]..

Former Federal Public Defender Maria Stratton Appointed to California 2nd District Court of Appeal

Posted on July 20, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Maria Stratton, the former Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California, as an associate justice to the California Court of Appeal. Maria E. Stratton, 65, of Los Angeles, has been appointed associate justice, Division Eight of the Second District Court of Appeal. Stratton has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2006. She served as Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California from 1993 to 2006 […]..

Governor Brown Appoints Chief Deputy Christopher Dybwad as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Posted on June 1, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Christopher Dybwad, the Chief Deputy with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Christopher W. Dybwad, 43, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Dybwad has been chief deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Central District of California since 2014, where he has served in several positions since 2005, including […]..

Governor Brown Appoints Stephanie Thornton-Harris as San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge

Posted on June 1, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Stephanie Thornton-Harris, an attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as a San Bernardino County Superior Court judge. Stephanie E. Thornton-Harris, 54, of Pasadena, has been appointed to a judgeship in the San Bernardino County Superior Court. Thornton-Harris has served as a deputy federal public defender in the Federal Public Defender’s Office, Central District of California since 2012. She served as a bench officer at the San Bernardino County […]..

Categorical Approach Update

Posted on May 1, 2018

Sessions v. Dimaya, 138 S.Ct. 1204 (2018): The Court held that the residual clause of 18 U.S.C. §16’s crime-of-violence definition is unconstitutionally vague in light of Johnson. And because the vagueness doctrine extends to immigration statutes, 8 U.S.C. §1101(a)(43)(F) is also invalid to the extent it defines “aggravated felony” to include a crime of violence under §16(b)’s residual clause. United States v. Stitt, Supreme Court Case No. 17-765 & United States v. Sims, Supreme Court Case No. 17-766: The Court granted cert to address this […]..

Categorical Approach Update

Posted on March 8, 2018

United States v. Studhorse, __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 1122301 (9th Cir. Mar. 2, 2018): The Court held that attempted first-degree murder under Washington law (Wash. Rev. Code Ann. §§9A.28.020(1), 9A.32.030(1)) requires specific intent and has as an element an intentional, threatened, attempted, or actual use of force, so it qualifies as a crime of violence under 18 U.S.C. §16(a) and U.S.S.G. §4B1.2(a). United States v. Adkins, __ F.3d __, Case No. 15-10566 (9th Cir. Mar. 5, 2018): The Court held that the deletion of […]..

Governor Brown Appoints Ashfaq (Ron) Chowdhury as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge

Posted on February 27, 2018

Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. today announced the appointment of Ashfaq (Ron) Chowdhury, an attorney with the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Central District of California, as a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge. Ashfaq (Ron) G. Chowdhury, 43, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to a judgeship in the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Chowdhury has served as a deputy federal public defender at the Office of the Federal Public Defender, Central District of California since 2010. He was an associate at Cole […]..

Categorical Approach Update

Posted on February 7, 2018

United States v. Walton, __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 650979 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018): The Court held that a conviction for Alabama armed robbery (Ala. Code §13A-8-43(a)) is categorically not an ACCA violent felony because it doesn’t require the use of violent force. And under Dixon, the defendant’s California conviction for second-degree robbery (Cal. Penal Code §211) also didn’t qualify as a violent felony. Solorio-Ruiz v. Sessions, __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 576709 (9th Cir. Jan. 29, 2018): The Court held that a California […]..

Ninth Circuit Vacates 15-year ACCA Sentence and Remands for Resentencing

Posted on February 1, 2018

Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California’s DFPD Jonathan Libby successfully convinced the 9th Circuit that our client’s prior convictions for Alabama robbery and California second degree robbery were not crimes of violence under the Armed Career Criminal Act. The panel vacated a sentence and remanded for resentencing in a case in which the district court imposed an enhancement under the Armed Career Criminal Act, 18 U.S.C. § 924(e)(1) (ACCA), on the ground that the defendant had four prior convictions for violent felonies. […]..