TAP JURY TRIALS

Trial Advocacy Project

Mr. Aune has completed jury trials as volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). TAP Attorneys serve as deputized Los Angeles City Attorneys and prosecute misdemeanor criminal jury trials through prosecutorial agencies such as the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

Mr. Aune has prosecuted misdemeanor jury trials for the Burbank City Attorneys Office, the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office (Central Trials) and the Pacific Branch of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office. Mr. Aune's jury trials have taken place at Los Angeles County Superior Court's Airport Courthouse, the Alhambra Courthouse, and the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Mr. Aune has also appeared as a TAP Attorney for cases at the Pasadena Courthouse through the Burbank City Attorneys Office.

EVIDENTIARY HEARING - MOTION TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE

Date: November 28, 2017

Successfully opposed Defense's Motion to Suppress Evidence of narcotics, crystal methamphetamine, that a Los Angeles Airport Police (LA Airport PD) Officer discovered in Defendant's possession after stopping the Defendant for trespassing on Los Angeles World Airports (LAX) Property.

Issues involved (1) the initial stop of the Defendant, (2) the police officer's pat-down search of the Defendant based upon the officer's reasonable belief that the Defendant was armed and dangerous, and (3) the warrantless search of the Defendant's pant's pocket where the crystal methamphetamine was located.

I appeared as a pro bono prosecutor representing the People of the State of California (the "People") through the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office's Pacific Branch and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). The People successfully opposed the Los Angeles Public Defender's Office California Penal Code Section 1583.5 Motion to Suppress Evidence.

Court: Airport Courthhouse
11701 S. Cienga Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Los Angeles City Attorney's Office:
Pacific Branch
11701 S. Cienga Blvd., Room 430, Los Angeles, CA 90045
Case: People of the State of California v. White, Case No. 7AR0105
Judge: Honorable Mark T. Zuckman
Dept: 93

Defense moved to suppress evidence regarding the LA Airport PD stopping and searching a suspect in the area of 9714 Glasgow Place, Los Angeles, California. The suspect was stopped by the police for trespassing on private property. The stop, search, and arrest were made on Los Angeles Airport property without a warrant. During a cursory pat-down search of the Defendant the arresting officer discovered crystal methamphetamine on the Defendant's person.

The People had the arresting office testify at the hearing. The People and the Defense entered exhibits into evidence. Following the hearing he Court held that the police officer's search was proper because (1) There was reasonable cause to detain the Defendant and (2) the Terry pat-down of the Defendant was justified. Defendant has been charged with Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine), California Health and Safety Code Section 11377.

FOUR (4) DAY JURY TRIAL COMPLETED TO VERDICT

Date: November 14, 2017 - November 17, 2017

Completed four day criminal jury trial as a volunteer prosecutor through the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). The Defendant was charged with Battery (California Penal Code Section 242) .The Defendant was represented by the Los Angeles County Public Defender.


Case Name: The People of the State of California v. Gilmore
Case No: 7CJ09141
Court: Michael Antonovich Antelope Valley Courthouse
Los Angeles Superior Court - North District
On November 14, 2017 the case was sent out for
jury trial from theClara Shortridge Foltz Criminal
Justice Center - Central District.
Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Shannon Knight


The jury returned a verdict of Not Guilty on the single count of Battery. The jury deliberated for approximately 3 hours. Deliberations were stopped at one point to address a hung jury issue. Both the People and the Public Defender requested that the Court order the jury to continue deliberating.


Defendant was charged with beating an elderly male victim at a bus stop in the Chinatown area of Los Angeles while the victim and his wife were waiting for their bus to arrive on a Sunday afternoon. The People called three witnesses, the victim, his wife and a Los Angeles Police Department Officer who made the arrest. The Defendant took the stand for his defense.


During jury selection the Court denied the Defense's race based Batson-Wheeler motion after the People used a peremptory challenge to exclude a juror who was African-American, the same race as the Defendant. The Court denied the Batson-Wheeler motion because there was another potential juror who was African American, the juror stated during jury selection that he felt the system treated his daughter unfairly when she was convicted of a DUI, and that the People argued the same in their challenge for cause regarding the same juror.


During the trial the Court granted the People's California Evidence Code Section 402 Motion to Preclude the Defense's Expert for Testifying at Trial.

COMPLETED THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S TRIAL ADVOCACY PROJECT'S TRADITIONAL PROGRAM

NOVEMBER 9, 2016 TO DECEMBER 15, 2016

THREE (3) DAY JURY TRIAL COMPLETED TO VERDICT

Date: February 14, 2017 - February 16, 2017.

Obtained Jury Verdict of Guilty As A Volunteer Prosecutor For The Los Angeles City Attorney's Office

Obtained a jury verdict of Guilty for the crime of Violation of Court Order - Protective Order or Stay Away Order (Penal Code Section 166(c)(1)) as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association Trial Advocacy Project. The jury trial took place at Central Trials in Downtown Los Angeles at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

Case Name: The People of the State of California v. Pazos.
Case No: 7CJ01746
Court: Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center
Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Deborah S. Brazil

Completed three (3) day Criminal Jury Trial as a Pro Bono Prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). The Defendant was represented by the Los Angeles County Public Defender.

The jury returned a verdict of guilty for the charge of Violation of Court Order - Protective Order or Stay Away Order (California Penal Code Section 166(c)(1)) :

Defendant and Victim have one child together. A Criminal Protective Order-Domestic Violence was issued on March 29, 2016 as a result of Defendant's 2016 conviction in a domestic violence case. On January 11, 2017, Defendant went to the Victim's home and violated the Criminal Protective Order-Domestic Violence by coming within one-hundred (100) yards of the Victim.

The People's Complaint also contained the charge of Trespass:Entry Into Dwelling (California Penal Code Section 602.5). However, the Victim did not appear at the trial to testify and The People had to dismiss the charge as a result.

The University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price School of Public Policy published the results of this TAP trial in its April 2017 edition of "Alumni in Action." Please see the hyperlink below. Mr. Aune received his Master of Health Administration (MHA) degree from the USC Price School of Public Policy in December 1999.

USC Sol Price School Of Public Policy

Jan T. Aune, MHA `99, completed a three day Criminal Jury Trial as a Pro Bono Prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP). The Defendant was represented by the Los Angeles County Public Defender and Jan obtained a jury verdict of "Guilty" for the crime of Violation of Court Order.

Completed The Los Angeles County Bar Association's Trial Advocacy Project's Traditional Program

On December 15, 2016, completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project's (TAP) Traditional Program. Assigned to serve as a volunteer prosecutor through the Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney to conduct jury trials at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center located at 210 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

FOUR (4) DAY JURY TRIAL COMPLETED TO VERDICT

September 26 - September 30, 2016.

Completed Four (4) Criminal Jury Trial As A Volunteer Prosecutor For the Burbank City Attorney's Office

LACBA Trial Advocacy Project Four (4) Day Criminal Trial
The People of the State of California v. Fherman
Location: Alhambra Courthouse, Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge: Hon. Rupa S. Goswami

Completed four (4) day Criminal Jury Trial as a Pro Bono Prosecutor for the Burbank City Attorney's Office through the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP).

Father was charged with committing the following crimes against his 17 year-old daughter: (1) Inflicting Physical Punishment on a Child (Pen. Code Section 273d(a), (2) Child Abuse (Pen. Code Section 273a(b) and (3) Simple Battery (Pen. Code Section 242). Defendant was represented by the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office.

FOUR (4) DAY JURY TRIAL COMPLETED

JUNE 21 - 24, 2016.

Trial Advocacy Project (TAP) - Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA)

Completed four (4) day criminal jury trial as a pro bono publico (volunteer) prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Pacific Branch through the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project (TAP).

Defendant was charged with Grand Theft and Petty Theft. Incident occurred at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Passenger Screening area at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The arrest was made by the LAX Police.
After the People completed their case-in-chief the Court granted the Los Angeles City Public Defender's Office's California Penal Code section 1118.1 motion to dismiss for insufficient evidence based upon the arguments of the Court and the Public Defender's Office. The People vehemently opposed the motion. The Court held that there was not sufficient evidence to show that the defendant had the specific intent to commit the theft.

Court: Los Angeles Superior Court
Airport Courthouse
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Judge: Hon. Yvette Verastegui presiding.
Dates: June 21, 22, 23 and 24, 2016


COMPLETED LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S TRIAL ADVOCACY PROJECT'S (TAP) INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM‚Äč

Completed The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) and Trial Advocacy Project's (TAP) three week Introductory Trial Advocacy Program (i-TAP). Completed a mock criminal driving under the influence trial as the prosecution representing the People of the State of California.

COMPLETED LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S TRIAL ADVOCACY PROJECT'S (TAP) INTRODUCTORY PROGRAM

JANUARY 2016

TWO DAY (2) DAY JURY TRIAL COMPLETED TO VERDICT

March 23-24, 2015.

Completed two-day criminal jury trial as a volunteer prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, Pacific Branch. Trial was conducted at the Airport Courthouse-West District, Los Angeles County.

Court: Los Angeles Superior Court
Airport Courthouse
11701 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Judge: Hon. Deborah S. Brazil
Dates: March 23-24, 2016

Completed The Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Trial Advocacy Project's (TAP) Traditional Program (t-TAP)
September 20, 2012 to November 1, 2012

In November 2012 Mr. Aune completed the Los Angeles County Bar Association's (LACBA) Traditional Trial Advocacy Project ("Traditional TAP") and qualified as volunteer prosecutor for the LACBA TAP. The Traditional TAP session began on September 20, 2012 and ended on November 1, 2012. Following the completion of the Traditional TAP Program Mr. Aune was assigned to complete his TAP Practicum and serve as a volunteer prosecutor through the Burbank City Attorney's Office. Mr. Aune continues to volunteer for jury trials as a TAP Attorney for the Burbank City Attorney's Office.

The Traditional TAP program is a unique, two-part course where attorneys receive comprehensive, in-depth trial advocacy training an actual trial experience. Upon completion of Traditional TAP, attorneys have the opportunity to try criminal misdemeanor jury trials as volunteer prosecutors for prosecutorial agencies statewide.

COMPLETED THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S TRIAL ADVOCACY PROJECT'S TRADITIONAL PROGRAM

SEPTEMBER 20 , 2012 TO NOVEMBER 1, 2012