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People v. Prunty, S210234

In a case to determine for purposes of the Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act (STEP Act) what type of showing the prosecution must make when its theory of why a criminal street gang exists turns on the conduct of one or more gang subsets, the STEP Act requires the prosecution to introduce evidence showing an associational or organizational connection that unites members of a putative criminal street gang. Court of Appeal's judgment is reversed where the prosecution did not introduce sufficient evidence showing a connection among the subsets it alleged comprised a criminal street gang, so defendant was not eligible for a sentence enhancement under the STEP Act.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 08/27/2015
  • Published 08/27/2015

Judges

  • CUELLAR

Court

  • Supreme Court of California

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