“He’s one of the only appellate lawyers I know who is able to match so eloquently on paper what most people can only do in oral argument,” said Robert T. Simon, co-founder of the Simon Law Group in Hermosa Beach. “His writing read like a novel you want to finish in one night. You can feel what was going on in the courtroom.”
KABC radio host, Doug McIntyre interviews Raymond Lee Jennings, a man who spent more than a decade in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murdering a young girl. Also interviewed, Jeffrey Ehrlich, Mr. Jenning’s defense attorney, who explains what went wrong that led to convicting an innocent man, and the legal process involved in the exoneration of Mr. Jennings.
A note on the recent NBC Dateline special on the Ray Jennings case: Dateline did a remarkable job of telling a complex story, which has so far spanned 16 years. They had a lot of ground to cover. As a result, they were unable to get into the details of our critique of the prosecution’s case against Ray. We hope that viewers of the program understand that there is much, much more evidence that demonstrates that Ray is innocent than what was presented on the show. We are optimistic that all the information will be made public by early 2017. When it is made public Michelle O’Keefe’s murder will remain a tragedy; but it will not remain a mystery.
PRESS RELEASE The Ehrlich Law Firm 16130 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 610 Encino, CA 91436 Website: www.ehrlichfirm.com Phone: (818) 905-3970 Fax: (818) 905-3975 July 1, 2016: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Social-media campaign raises thousands for wrongfully convicted Iraq-war vet Los Angeles, CA – When Sergeant Ray Jennings came home from Iraq in 2005, he was arrested at gunpoint and falsely accused of […]
“My office has been presented with credible new evidence that brings this conviction into question,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said. “In the interest of justice, I am asking the court to release Raymond Jennings on his own recognizance while this investigation continues.”
Los Angeles, CA – The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office today accepted the recommendation of its newly-created Conviction Review Unit (CRU) and has agreed to ask a court to release Raymond Jennings, who was convicted of murdering 18-year old Michelle O’Keefe in a Palmdale, California parking lot on February 22, 2000.
Jennings’ attorney, Jeffrey I. Ehrlich of the Ehrlich Law Firm in Encino, California, first requested that the CRU vacate Jennings’ conviction in October 2015. In April 2016, the CRU agreed to re-open the investigation of the O’Keefe murder, and is now actively pursuing a murder investigation focusing on new suspects.
Information, Facts, and Expert Reports Regarding the Wrongful Conviction of Raymond Lee Jennings in the Murder of Michelle O’Keefe
(People v. Raymond Jennings)
On June 9, 2016, the California Supreme Court decided Nickerson v. Stonebridge Ins. Co., which I argued in April. The Court unanimously held that so-called “Brandt fees” in insurance bad-faith cases could be included in the calculation of punitive damages. Thanks to my co-counsel, Bill Shernoff, his team, and my son Clint Ehrlich, who helped me on the briefing. It’s an honor to be making new bad-faith law with Bill Shernoff.
The May 2016 issue of “Valley Lawyer” featured Jeff Ehrlich and four other successful lawyers practicing in the Valley who have argued in the U.S Supreme Court.
For information about Mr. Ehrlich’s SCOTUS victory, see UNUM Life Ins. Co. of America v. Ward, 526 U.S. 358 (1999).
On December 12, 2010, Douglas Zerby was sitting on the pack porch steps of his friend’s apartment, holding a hose nozzle. A neighbor saw him, and called 911, reporting that a man was holding a gun. The Long Beach Police Department responded to the call, and had multiple officers watching Zerby from 20 to 30 feet away for more than five minutes. Without giving him any warning, they shot him multiple times. Garo Mardirossian and Tom Beck, representing Douglas’s father, obtained a wrongful-death verdict of $2 million in federal court in Orange County. They have retained Jeffrey Ehrlich to handle the appeal in the Ninth Circuit.
Greg Rizio of Rizo & Nelson obtained a $58 million verdict ($14.5 million net) for Timothy Herman, who was involved in an auto accident that left him catastrophically injured. The defense sought a new trial, based primarily on an argument that the $58 million verdict was excessive. Mr. Rizo retained Jeffrey Ehrlich to prepare the opposition to the new-trial motion, which was denied. Mr. Ehrlich was retained to handle the appeal.
Ricardo Echeverria of Shernoff Bidart Echeverria Bentley LLP and Scott Howry of Young Woolrich obtained a wrongful-death verdict on behalf of the minor children of Tiffany Paregien, who was run over by a large truck while she was crossing a street in Bakersfield. The accident was recorded on security video at the accident site. Ms. Paregien’s children were 11 years old and 4 months old at the time of her death. Because she had no work history, Mr. Echeverria sought only non-economic damages, and was awarded $7.5 million for each child. The defense appealed, arguing that the trial court had improperly excluded evidence that Ms. Paragein was high on methamphetamine at the time she was killed, and that the verdict was excessive. In an unpublished opinion, the Court of Appeal affirmed the verdict in its entirety, finding that the video of the accident confirmed that Ms. Paragien’s intoxication was irrelevant since she was run over from behind while walking normally in the crosswalk, and that the verdict – which the defense claimed was the highest award of non-economic damages in a wrongful-death action in California – was not excessive as a matter of law. Paregien v. Perez (Cal. Ct. App., Mar. 5, 2015, F067517) 2015 WL 1014194.
Plaintiff Mohamad Harb, MD, suffered a stroke while driving home from the hospital and was involved in a single-car accident. The Bakersfield police officer who responded to the scene was convinced that Dr. Harb was drunk or on drugs, and refused to allow an ambulance to transport him to the hospital. As a result of the delay, Dr. Harb suffered catastrophic brain damage. At trial, the City proposed a confusing, redundant police-immunity instruction, and also convinced the trial court to instruct on comparative fault. This allowed the City to argue that Dr. Harb alone was responsible for his condition, since he failed to take his blood-pressure medicine. The jury returned a defense verdict. In a published opinion, the Court of Appeal reversed.
The Court agreed that it was prejudicial error to give the police-immunity instruction, and that it was also improper for the court to instruct on comparative fault based on Dr. Harb’s pre-treatment negligence. In a case of first impression, the Court held that in California, medical providers and first responders cannot ask the jury to weigh their negligence in providing substandard care against the circumstances that caused the need for care in the first instance. Harb v. City of Bakersfield (2015) 233 Cal.App.4th 606, 183 Cal.Rptr.3d 59,
After widespread abuses by the insurance industry were reported, the Legislature extended the statute of limitations for policyholders to file claims arising out the Northridge earthquake. The insurance industry attacked the statute, and Mr. Ehrlich handled the principal briefing and argument on its constitutionality in the appellate courts. After the statute was held constitutional on appeal, Mr. Ehrlich successfully defended that decision in the California Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, which both declined to hear the decision.