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People v. Thomas, S185305

In a prosecution in Madera County Superior Court charging the defendant with possession of cocaine for sale and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the Court of Appeal's determination that venue was improper is reversed, where venue in Madera County was proper under Penal Code section 781, since: 1) the defendant committed preparatory acts in Madera County and the effects of defendant's unlawful possession of the drugs and firearm found in a Fresno County storage locker would be felt in Madera County; and 2) permitting the case to be tried in Madera County satisfied the purposes of the venue requirement.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/03/2012
  • Published 05/03/2012


  • Liu


  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • Carlo Andreani, Stephen G. Herndon