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Mark Broughton’s Legal Cases

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  • People v. Armando Ortiz

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jun 11, 2008
    Outcome:
    Double murder conviction reversed, case dismissed
    Description:
    17 year old boy convicted by a jury of murdering a young pregnant girl during a robbery of a convenience store, While serving 2 life terms for a crime he didn't commit, his conviction was overturned on a habeas petition by the Innocence Project of Northern California. I was appointed by the Fresno County Superior Court to represent him for retrial - I did not represent him in his previous trial. After investigation and preparation for retrial, I was able to convince the prosecution that Armando was at another place at the time of the murder, and the case was dismissed on eve of the second trial.
  • People v. Debra B

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Jan 01, 2007
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty - Double Murder
    Description:
    During drug deal for 2 pounds of methamphetamine, an argument ensured and 2 buyers were shot and killed execution-style. 5 co-defendants were charged their murder with special circumstances. After about a 3 week trial, Debra was acquitted of all charges by the jury.
  • People v. Michael T

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty - Murder
    Description:
    Michael T. and another man try to get a cab ride. When Cabbie asks for money, other guys pulls a gun and shoots the cabbie, who dies as he crashes into a house nearby. Michael is arrested after a lengthy investigation, and admits to being involved but not in the murder. After a weeks-long trial, the jury finds him Not Guilty of murder and all other charges.
  • People v. Daniel V

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not Guilty - Murder
    Description:
    A fight begins inside a loca bar where young Daniel was working as a DJ. It continues outside as the bar closes and as Daniel is getting off work a man is stabbed and dies in the parking lot. On investigation, police say several witnesses said Daniel was involved in the fight, and stabbed the victim. At trial, the witnesses deny telling this story to police, and testify that Daniel was not involved in the fight. The weeks-long trial results in the jury acquitting Daniel of murder.
  • People v. Dawn W

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Not guilty 32 counts Sexual Assault!
    Description:
    32 counts of sexual assault charged, including rape, sodomy, forceable oral copulation, penetration with foreign object. Defendant and another young man were accused of taking a young female co-worker to a motel where she was held captive and forced to engage in numerous sexual activities. When her boyfriend and mother showed up at the motel, the two men jumped out of the window and ran away, only to be caught a short time later. After rigorous cross examination of the alleged victim at trial, the jury acquitted both defendants on all 32 counts!.
  • People v. Y Y

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Murder case dismissed!
    Description:
    Defendant, alleged to be a member of a certain criminal street gang, was driving in a residential area alleged by the prosecution to be rival gang territory. His girlfriend was in the passenger seat, and his friend was in the rear seat. Unexpectedly, a man the prosecution said was a member of a rival gang, fired an assault weapon at the car as it drove down the street, hitting the defendant driver, his girlfriend, and killing the rear passenger. The shooter AND the Driver (who was my client) were charged together with first degree murder - the driver on a "provocative act" murder theory. After pretrial motions on the day of trial, the prosecution dismissed the murder charges against defendant driver.
  • United States v. Marvin M

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Sep 02, 2011
    Outcome:
    CASE DISMISSED!
    Description:
    Alleged conspiracy to commit mail theft, mail theft from mail boxes, possession of stolen mail, obstruction of correspondence, criminal forfeiture.
  • People v. Stevie B

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Date:
    Aug 01, 2014
    Outcome:
    Misdemeanor, community service, probation terminated early
    Description:
    SB, a college student, was driving home early one morning when she fell asleep behind the wheel of the car she was driving. The car veered off the road and struck and killed a woman who was standing on the sidewalk. SB woke up with her car coming to rest in a nearby parking lot. Not knowing that she had struck the unfortunate woman, she proceeded home to her apartment nearby. When she arrived home she heard sirens and wondered if she may have been involved in an accident. Observing some minor damage to the front of her car, she returned to the scene where she saw what had happened. She voluntarily surrendered herself to police who questioned and released her. After a lengthy investigation, the case was negotiated before charges were filed. She was convicted of a misdemeanor only, with community service as a condition of probation, which she performed so admirably that the judge terminated probation after only one year. The vehicle, which had only very minor damage, was donated to a charitable organization.
  • People v. S M

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Suppression Motion Granted, case dismissed
    Description:
    SM was sitting in his car waiting for a friend in the parking lot of a strip- mall. According to the police, there had been several recent break-ins of businesses there. After observing SM sitting in his vehicle for some time, and being suspicious, a police officer approached him and began to inquire as to what he was doing. Not liking the response he got, the officer took SM out of his vehicle (the officer claimed that SM exited his vehicle when asked to exit). The officer then placed SM in the back of his police vehicle and proceeded to search SM’s car (the officer claimed that SM gave him consent to search. Beneath the center console in a hidden compartment, the officer discovered a baggie of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun. SM was arrested. He challenged the search and seizure of the items inside the vehicle as a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights. After a two day hearing, the motion was granted on the basis that the search was without a warrant or consent, and was unlawful. The drugs and gun were thus suppressed and the case dismissed.
  • People v. Victor R-M

    Practice Area:
    Criminal Defense
    Outcome:
    Murder case dismissed!
    Description:
    At a party of some 200 people in the foothills of a rural community, an argument broke out during which two people were shot. As the party-goers fled the scene, and injured parties being loaded into vehicles to be taken hurriedly to the hospital, a car drove up the road in the opposite direction as the fleeing party-goers. Shots were fired from the approaching car, killing a young man nearby. The car, identified as belonging to VR, crashed as it tried to leave the scene, the occupants scurrying into the nearby fields, abandoning the car at the scene. A search by police, who had been given general descriptions of the perpetrators by witnesses at the scene, did not turn up any suspects. After a lengthy investigation involving the interviews of hundreds of witnesses, VR and VE were arrested. As the case approached preliminary hearing, the case against VR was dismissed for insufficiency of the evidence.