Warren & Burstein secure $225,000 settlement for unlawful killing of clients' dog

Devin Burstein of Warren & Burstein, and civil rights attorney Thomas Robertson, are pleased to announce that a settlement has been reached in a dog shooting case, stemming from a 2014 incident in which San Diego County deputy sheriffs shot and killed a family’s pet dog in their yard in San Marcos, California. After the United States District Court for the Southern District of California granted summary judgment in our clients’ favor – finding the sheriffs’ deputies violated their constitutional rights by entering their property without a warrant – the County of San Diego agreed to settle the case for $225,000. While the settlement will not bring back the our clients’ beloved puppy, Odin, it

Warren & Burstein obtain another victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In United States v. Rains, --- Fed. App'x ---, Case No. 15-50334 (9th Cir. 2017), the Court of Appeals vacated, on sufficiency grounds, our client's convictions for bringing undocumented people to the United States in violation of 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(2)(B)(ii), and for conspiracy to do so. The Court also vacated the district court's order forfeiting our client's ranch. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with our arguments that the government failed to prove our client was guilty of the charged crimes. As to the forfeiture, the Court of Appeals concluded the lower court failed to undertake the correct legal analysis. Therefore, the forfeiture order was overturned. Devin Burstein draft

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