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People v. Szadziewicz, B191683

Conviction and sentence for attempted murder, aggravated mayhem, and first-degree burglary is affirmed over defendant's claims that: 1) there was insufficient evidence of specific intent to support his aggravated mayhem conviction; 2) the court had a duty to instruct, sua sponte, on unreasonable self-defense which would have amounted to instructions as to lesser included offenses; 3) his trial attorney rendered ineffective counsel by failing to request for instructions on lesser offenses, referring to him as "strange" and "paranoid" in closing, and not calling a witness at trial; 4) the prosecutor committed misconduct by arguing matters outside the record; 5) the trial court violated his confrontation rights by limiting cross-examination about a witness's prior conviction; and 6) his sentence was unconstitutionally disproportional.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/01/2008
  • Published 04/01/2008

Judges

  • EGERTON, J.*

Court

  • California Court of Appeal

Counsel

  • For Appellees:
  • Seymour I. Amster, Van Nuys, for Defendant and Appellant., Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Pamela C. Hamanaka, Assistant Attorney General, Lance E. Winters and Taylor Nguyen, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.
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