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TERENCE HALLINAN WAS PROBABLY GOOD 25 YEARS AGO. BUT HE STUMBLED AND FORGOT WHAT HE WAS GOING TO SAY IN THE CLOSING ARGUMENTS, FORGOT TO INTERVIEW OR EVEN CONTACT A LIST OF 23 WITNESSES. DID NOT REVEAL THAT THE DA ON THE CASE WAS HIS GOLFING BUDDY. MY FAMILY TOLD ME TO DISMISS HIM AFTER THEY HAD A MEETING WITH HIM AND HE DISPLAYED SYMPTOMS ON INTOXICATION OF SOME SORT. AFTER THE MEETING HE LOST HIS BALANCE CROSSING THE STREET. I SUPPORTED HIM PRIOR TO MY CRIMINAL CASE FOR YEARS IN HIS POLITICAL ENDEAVORS SO AFTER HE ASSURED ME HE WAS CAPABLE OF DEFENDING ME I DID NOT DISMISS HIM. I RECEIVED A 10 YEAR SENTENCE ON CRIME I DID NOT COMMIT.MY
FAMILY GOT THE DISCOVERY FROM THE CASE ALMOST 1000 PAGES AND MANY TAPES. I CAME HOME 4
YEARS LATER WENT THROUGH EVERY PAGE AND TAPE. MULTIPLE PIECES SUPPORTED MY INNOCENCE. I
SHOWED IT TO A DA INVESTIGATOR IN SF, I WAS TOLD IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF MY ATTORNEY TO
PRESENT THE EVIDENCE TO THE COURT. A LIFE LESSON FOR ME BUT I HOPE NO ONE ELE HAS TO EVER EXPERIENCE THIS TYPE OF INCOMPETENCE AND INJUSTICE.
DO NOT HIRE THIS ATTORNEY.
I did and when the time came to go to trial he called me the night before and said he was sending his son, Brendan.
Two thousand dollars down the drain, I had to hire another attorney for $5,000 to clean it up. Motions for the destruction of exhibits (filed by opposing party) Halinan didn't respond and in fact claims he was never notified that oppising council was going to destroy them. Meanwhile Halinan knew full well I had hired another attorney to take the case and that we were fighting back. Now that's a guy trying to bury his tracks.
The whole case stank to high heaven of politics. For God's sake, when we went into court (with is son, Brendan) we had to go through about 10 judges before we found one that didn't know the plaintiff. Meanwhile, Terence Halinan isn't willing to touch it (AFTER HE TOOK MY MONEY) w/ a ten foot pole because of the backroom politics.
If that's the guy you want working for you, then by all means throw your money away!