The National Law Journal covered the dismissal of a high-profile criminal “robo-signing” case against two Southern California title officers after their defense attorneys, which included Manatt litigation partner Kenneth Julian, successfully brought to light the misconduct of prosecutors.
Julian and his team successfully argued that prosecutors—in their zealous pursuit to bring criminal charges tied to the mortgage meltdown—gave the grand jury an improper definition of what constituted a forgery and threatened a witness into pleading guilty.
In a February 25 ruling from the bench, a Clark County, Nev., District judge dismissed more than 300 counts each against Gary Trafford and Gerri Sheppard.
"We are grateful to the court for the decision," said Julian, who represented Sheppard.
Read the article here.