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People v. Baldwin, C051402

Defendant's conviction of 15 counts of sexually molesting his girlfriend's daughter from the time she was 9 to 12 years old, one count of felony child abuse, and one count of misdemeanor child abuse, with finding of prior serious felony, and sentence of nearly 271 years to life, is reversed where the trial court violated defendant's Sixth Amendment right to a public trial when it closed the courtroom to all spectators during the testimony of the 14-year-old alleged victim.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 09/15/2006
  • Published 09/15/2006


  • ROBIE, J.


  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellees:
  • J. Peter Axelrod, San Rafael, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant., Bill Lockyer, Attorney General, Robert R. Anderson, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Mary Jo Graves, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Janis Shank McLean, Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Peter W. Thompson, Deputy Attorney General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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