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   These are a few of the stories you will find in this week's printed newspaper:

  • Townhalls attract crowds: Assemblyman Brian Dahle and Sen. Ted Gaines met with constituents in Quincy and Chester during a three-meeting swing through Plumas and Lassen counties.
  • New leader: After nearly three decades, the Plumas County Mental Health Commission has a new leader. Supervisor Kevin Goss was named to replace Hank Eisenmann.
  • Home away from home: As of last week, new homes had been found for all of the patients at Quincy Nursing & Rehabilitation and most had already moved.

Bradley Appeal Denied

Joshua Sebold
Staff Writer
4/6/2011

Background: Willard Bradley was sentenced to 10 years in prison in early 2009 after being convicted on a charge of voluntary manslaughter with an enhancement for using a gun in the commission of a felony. A jury found Bradley, then 22, guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death May 17, 2007, of Dominik Wolfe at the Valley Heights apartments in Quincy.

The appeal: Bradley’s legal counsel appealed the case to the 3rd Appellate District Court of California, arguing his jury should have been given the option to consider the charge of involuntary manslaughter as an option, as opposed to being forced to choose between more serious charges or complete innocence.

 

The decision: The appellate court found that Plumas County Superior Court Judge Ira Kaufman made the correct decision in excluding the involuntary manslaughter as a possible verdict, as the evidence did not support that conclusion.

What’s next: The next step in the appeal process would be to take the case to the Supreme Court of California.

Worth noting, the 3rd Appellate District decision was heard by three judges, one of whom was Tani Cantil-Sakauye, just before she became the chief justice of the state Supreme Court.

This means, if the case is appealed to the next level, one of the judges who already denied the appeal will probably play a key role in deciding its ultimate outcome in the state’s highest court.


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