Thursday, March 30, 2017

People v. Smith (Cal. Ct. App. - May 30, 2017)

Justice Simons comes off extremely well here.

Everyone agrees on the result.  But Justice Simons authors a lengthy concurrence in which he argues that California's precedent on this issue -- involving what it takes for hearsay to be admitted as a declaration against penal interest -- is unfounded and should be changed.

That's the kind of out-of-the-box thinking I like to see.  That's nonetheless somewhat rare (though it surely exists) in the Court of Appeal.