Case Detail
CitationUnited States v. Nicholas, No. SACR 08–00139 CJC, 2008 WL 5233199 (C.D. Cal. Dec. 15, 2008)
CrimeNon-violent, other
StateCA
Pros. First NameAndrew
Pros. Last NameStolper
FederalYes
Trial Year2008
BodyTrial court
OpinionDistrict Court dismissed the case after prosecutors exerted improper influence over witnesses and improperly leaked information to the media about the grand jury proceedings. "[T]he government has intimidated and improperly influenced the three witnesses critical to Mr. Ruehle's defense and the cumulative effect of that misconduct has distorted the truth-finding process."
Determination Year2009
Misconduct TypeP
C/S EffectDismissal
Pros. Misc. ReportedUKN
SanctionsUKN
Sanction TypeUKN
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