Wednesday, April 08, 2015

People v. Sedillo (Cal. Ct. App. - April 8, 2015)

I was watching an old episode of Mad Men last night in which there was a great line.  January Jones is having trouble with her daughter, who's throwing a tantrum, and calls her ex-husband (John Hamm) at work and opens the call with the line "Do you mind if I strangle your daughter?"

To which he responds:  "Should we be having this conversation over the phone?"


I was reminded of that line when I read this opinion today.  Because, in the real world, Lisa Sedillo was the getaway driver in a gang-related shooting in Long Beach in 1992.  One of the victims was killed, and the actual shooter was convicted of murder.  But even though witnesses identified Ms. Sedillo as the getaway driver from a photo array, none of 'em was able (or willing) to identify her at the live line-up.  So she got off.  Never even charged.

Until 2010.  At which point she admitted her involvement in the 1992 murder over the phone.  A conversation that just so happened to be recorded pursuant to a wiretap of her phone in an unrelated matter.


When you've essentially beat a murder rap, it's perhaps best not to admit your involvement in the murder.  Especially over the phone.

Yet another thing we can learn from Don Draper.