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O'Connell v. City of Stockton, S135160

In a taxpayer action challenging a city ordinance allowing forfeiture to the city of any vehicle used to commit certain acts made criminal by state law, the ordinance is preempted by state law, and is thus void under Cal. Const., art. XI, section 7.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/26/2007
  • Published 07/26/2007




  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • Mark T. Clausen, Santa Rosa, for Plaintiff and Appellant., O'Melveny & Myers, Meredith N. Landy, Dale M. Edmondson, Joshua D. Baker, Menlo Park, and Michel Amaral for American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego & Imperial Counties and California Attorneys for Criminal Justice as Amici Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Appellant.

  • For Appellees:
  • Meyers, Nave, Riback, Silver & Wilson, Joseph M. Quinn, San Francisco;  Richard E. Nosky, Jr., City Attorney, and Lori S. Whittaker, Deputy City Attorney, for Defendants and Respondents., Rockard J. Delgadillo, City Attorney (Los Angeles) and Claudia McGee Henry, Assistant City Attorney, for The League of California Cities as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Defendants and Respondents.
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