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Admitted to Practice

  • 1961: District of Columbia
  • 1962: California
  • 1962: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 1962: United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • 1966: United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • 1967: U. S. Supreme Court

Experience

  • 1990 - Present: Private Practice
  • 1989 - Present: Judge Pro Tem in Juvenile, Traffic and Small Claims Court
  • 1968 -1988: Public Defender Of Solano County
  • 1965 -1968: Public Defender Of El Dorado County
  • 1963 -1965: Deputy District Attorney, Santa Clara County
  • 1962 -1963: Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
  • 1973 -1982: Consultant On Evaluation Of Defense Delivery Systems
    • I have been a consultant for the Natíl Center for Defense Management and for the States of Tennessee and Georgia, Sullivan Co., N.Y., Maricopa Co., Arizona, Jackson and Coos Cos., Oregon, Anderson, Campbell, and Morgan Cos., Tennessee, and the cities of Cincinnati, Ohio and New Orleans, LA.
  • 1973 -1983: Professorial Lecturer, Administrative Law Golden Gate University
    • I hold a teaching credential at the college level for law and government. I have also taught Constitutional Law and Prisonersí Rights.

Sampling of Trial Work

  • People v Barrios (Solano County): Client is charged with Burglary and several counts of Resisting Officers. Jury finds him not guilty of all counts.
  • People v Barrow (Solano County): Client is prosecuted for Murder before a Jury. Jury finding is involuntary manslaughter.
  • People v Bevin (El Dorado County): Client is prosecuted for Murder before a Jury. Jury finding is not guilty.
  • People v Cosenza (El Dorado County): Client wins reversal of conviction of a traffic offense on appeal. Retrial before a Jury results in finding of not guilty.
  • People v Dacey (Solano County): Client is charged with conspiracy to manufacture and the manufacture of methamphetamines. Client is not held to answer at the preliminary examination.
  • People v DeVeyra (Solano County): Client is prosecuted for Murder before a Jury. Jury returns a verdict of 2nd Degree that is overturned on appeal.
  • People v Dick's Supermarket (Santa Clara County): Ligda wins Jury convictions of corporate officers for illegal business practices.
  • People v Douglas (El Dorado County): Client is prosecuted for issuing bad checks before a Jury. Jury finding is not guilty of all charges.
  • People v Earl (Solano County): Capital case with death verdict that is later set aside. Client is eventually paroled.
  • People v Erlandsen (Santa Clara County): Ligda wins conviction of traffic offender in first trial before a Jury.
  • People v Hawk (Santa Clara County): Ligda wins Jury conviction of court official in theft case.
  • People v Hohn (El Dorado County): Client is charged with attempted Murder of her husband. Jury finds her not guilty.
  • People v Hutchings (Solano County): Client facing multiple counts of fraud is acquitted by Jury of all serious charges.
  • People v Knight (El Dorado County): Client is prosecuted for sexual molestation of a child before a Jury. Jury hangs. Charges are eventually dismissed.
  • People v LePeilbet (El Dorado County): Client is charged with Burglary. First Jury hangs; second Jury dismissed because of a mistrial. Client eventually accepts DA's misdemeanor offer.
  • People v Lilyroth (El Dorado County): Client is charged with Burglary before a Jury. Jury finds him not guilty.
  • People v Lowrey (Stanislaus County): Client is prosecuted for Murder before a Jury. Jury convicts of 2nd degree.
  • People v McCain (Solano County): Client's Murder charge dismissed at preliminary examination and never refilled.
  • People v McRorie (Stanislaus County): Client is prosecuted as an ex-felon with a gun and possession of cocaine before a Jury. Jury is unable to agree and hangs. Charges are eventually dismissed.
  • People v Morales (Solano County): Client is prosecuted as an ex felon with a gun before a Jury. Jury finds him not guilty.
  • People v Murdock (Solano County): Client is charged with Murder before a Jury. Jury's finding is manslaughter.
  • People v Prado (Stanislaus County): Capital case before a Jury that does not find the special circumstances alleged to be true. Client does not face penalty trial.
  • People v Sam (Solano County): Client is prosecuted for Murder. First Jury almost acquits, but hangs with 11-1 vote for not guilty. The Second Jury also hangs, but votes 7-5 guilty. Before third trial, Client accepts DA's offer to plead as an Accessory with promise of probation and no prison term.
  • People v Schafer (Solano County): Client is prosecuted for Murder before a Jury. Jury finding is involuntary manslaughter. Client is granted probation.
  • People v Taylor (Solano County): Client's Murder charge dismissed at preliminary examination and never refilled.
  • People v Tillman (El Dorado County): Client is prosecuted for sex offenses before a Jury. Jury finding is not guilty.
  • People v Varela (Solano County): Client is prosecuted for conspiracy to commit prostitution before a Jury. Court finds him guilty of a misdemeanor.
  • People v Viera (Stanislaus County): Capital case with multiple death verdicts still in appeals process.
  • People v Walker (Solano County): Client facing multiple charges including Murder of a police officer. Jury finding is manslaughter.
  • People v Williams (El Dorado County): Client is charged with welfare fraud before a Jury. Jury cannot agree and hangs. Charges are eventually dismissed.
  • People v Wirshup (Solano County): Capital case where, during course of Jury trial, prosecutor offers 2nd degree plea that client accepts.

Reported Cases Briefed and/or Argued in Appellate Courts

  • In re Stocker (1968) 257 CA2d 613, 65 Cal Rptr 240
  • McCullar v Superior Court (1968) 264 CA2d 1, 70 Cal Rptr 21
  • People v Lantz (1968) 265 CA2d 5,71 Cal Rptr 188
  • Ingram v Justice Court (1968) 69 C2d 832,73 Cal Rptr 410
  • In re A. J. (1969) 274 CA2d 199, 78 Cal Rptr 880
  • Ligda v Superior Court (1970) 5 CA3d 811, 85 Cal Rptr 744
  • Pettis v Municipal Court (1970) 12 CA3d 1029, 91 Cal Rptr263
  • In re David 5. (1970) 12 CA3d 1127, 91 Cal Rptr26I
  • Ligda v Edmunds (1971) 15 CA3d 716,94 Cal Rptr 234
  • In re Alvarado (1972) 27 CA3d 610, 103 Cal Rptr 845
  • Roswell v Municipal Court (1979) 89 CA3d 467, 152 Cal Rptr 337
  • People v Fields (1981) 119 CA3d 386, 174 Cal Rptr 49