People v. M. S.

A Laguna Beach, single mother of four, was wrongly charged with child endangerment. She was innocent, and therefore the only acceptable outcome was a complete dismissal. But the prosecution did not see it that way, offering her a “no time” deal in exchange for her guilty plea. No way. We prepared for trial and forced the prosecution’s hand. As we were about to select a jury, the District Attorney’s Office blinked and the case was dismissed outright. Justice prevailed on that day.

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