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People v. Souza, S076999

On automatic appeal of a death sentence, the conviction and sentence are affirmed with a modified restitution order, where: 1) the trial court did not err in denying the defendant's pretrial motion for severance; 2) there was no error in various jury instructions, and other instructional errors were not prejudicial; 3) there was no error based on the prosecutor's reference to assertedly false evidence; 4) there was no error based on exclusion of prospective jurors who disfavored the death penalty; 5) there was no error based on exclusion of mitigating evidence; and 6) the multiple-murder special circumstance and California's death penalty scheme are not unconstitutional.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/31/2012
  • Published 05/31/2012


  • Cantil-Sakauye


  • Supreme Court of California


  • For Appellant:
  • C. Delaine Renard, Donna M. Provenzano