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"Not guilty" verdict in domestic violence trial based on hearsay statements

Posted by Neil Shouse | Jun 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Ninaz Saffari scored another "not guilty" verdict at the Los Angeles Airport Courthouse today in a domestic violence jury trial that was a bit different from most.

The case was different because the alleged victim (our client's wife) never took the stand. From the beginning, our client's wife made it very clear to the prosecutors that the allegations were false and she would not participate in her husband's court case...so clear that they made only the weakest efforts to get her to court before giving up altogether.

But then the prosecutors did something unusual: they proceeded to trial on the basis of a 911 call and police officer testimony alone. The judge allowed the city attorney to present their case on hearsay statements rather than the actual testimony of the alleged "victim."

In her strategy at trial, Ninaz Saffari made certain the jury understood how much of the story the prosecutor's evidence left out. Then she called the client to the stand. He explained how the circumstances that night had made it necessary for him to exercise self-defense.

The jury quickly returned a "not guilty" verdict and the client walked away with a clean record and the ordeal behind him.

California domestic violence attorney Ninaz Saffari has secured "not guilty" verdicts or case dismissals in her last five jury trials. (Read our article, "What are possible plea bargains in California domestic violence cases?")

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Neil Shouse

A former Los Angeles prosecutor, attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT). He has been featured on CNN, Good Morning America, Dr Phil, Court TV, The Today Show and Court TV. Mr Shouse has been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Criminal and Top 100 Civil Attorneys.

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