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Proposition 21, which permits the prosecuting authority to file certain criminal accusations against juveniles in either adult criminal court or juvenile court, violates the constitutional principle of the separation of powers between the executive and judicial branches of government.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 02/07/2001
  • Published 02/07/2001


  • McDONALD, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • William J. LaFond, Kerry L. Steigerwalt and Charles M. Sevilla, San Diego, for Petitioner Morgan Victor Manduley., Haus & Damiani and Lisa J. Damiani, for Petitioner Steven James DeBoer., Patrick Q. Hall, San Diego, for Petitioner Kevin Scott Williams., Timothy A. Chandler, Alternate Public Defender, and Jose H. Varela, Deputy Alternate Public Defender, for Petitioner Adam Mitchell Ketsdever., Michael D. McGlinn, for Petitioner Jason Wayne Beever., Steven J. Carroll, Public Defender, Gary Nichols, Stewart Dadmun and Jo Pastore, Deputy Public Defenders, for Petitioner Michael Anthony Rose., Marc B. Geller, San Diego, for Petitioner Nicholas Paul Fileccia., Bardsley & Carlos, Francis J. Bardsley, San Diego, and Judith A. Litzenberger, for Petitioner Bradley Hunter Davidofsky., Jordan Budd for American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin, Palo Alto, Steven L. Mayer, San Francisco, Kimberly Proctor;  Robert Kim and Margaret C. Crosby for American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, Inc. as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., Mark D. Rosenbaum, Los Angeles, for ACLU Foundation of Southern California as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Petitioners., John T. Philipsborn, San Francisco, for California Attorneys for Criminal Justice as Amicus Curiae in support of Petitioners., Paul J. Pfingst, District Attorney, Thomas F. McArdle, Hector M. Jiminez and Anthony Lovett, Deputy District Attorneys, for Real Party in Interest., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, David P. Druliner, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gary W. Schons, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Raquel M. Gonzalez and Patti W. Ranger, Deputy Attorneys General, for County as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Real Party in Interest.

  • For Appellees:
  • No appearance for Respondent.
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