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People v. Thomas, S067519

Defendant's convictions, inter alia, of first degree murder and a sentence of death are affirmed in its entirety on an automatic appeal including: 1) defendant has not established a violation of his constitutional rights regarding defendant's claim that the trial court abused its discretion under statutory law by discharging the entire public defender's office; 2) trial court's ruling regarding various motions to suppress; 3) the voluntariness of defendant's waiver of his Miranda rights was not affected by any actions of the officers; 4) there is no reasonable possibility that defendant would have received a more favorable penalty verdict had the personal firearm use allegations been stricken; 5) claims regarding asserted prosecutorial misconduct during argument to the jury are without merit; 6) evidence of a co-defendant's sentence is not relevant to a jury's penalty decision; 7) the trial court did not abuse its discretion in denying defendant's motion to modify the verdict; and 8) various challenges to California's death penalty are rejected.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 07/23/2012
  • Published 07/23/2012


  • Kennard


  • Supreme Court of California