No. S143615.

71 Cal.Rptr.3d 253 (2008)

42 Cal.4th 960

175 P.3d 4

The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent, v. Fernando LOPEZ, Defendant and Appellant.

Supreme Court of California.

January 28, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Mark D. Lenenberg, under appointment by the Supreme Court, Simi Valley, for Defendant and Appellant.

Bill Lockyer and Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorneys General, Robert R. Anderson and Mary Jo Graves, Chief Assistant Attorneys General, Pamela C. Hamanaka, Assistant Attorney General, Mary Sanchez, Kristofer Jorstad, Linda C. Johnson and Michael A. Katz, Deputy Attorneys General, Steve Cooley, District Attorney (Los Angeles), Lael Rubin, Brentford J. Ferreira and Roberta T. Schwartz, Deputy District Attorneys, for Los Angles County District Attorney as Amicus Curiae on behalf of Plaintiff and Respondent.


In this case, a jury convicted defendant, a Catholic priest, of seven sex offenses involving three teenage youths. The Court of Appeal reversed the convictions, concluding that the prosecutor committed misconduct in her closing and rebuttal arguments to the jury, and that defense counsel's failure to object to the misconduct violated defendant's constitutional right to the effective assistance of counsel. We hold that the prosecutor's comments were not...

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