About

Al Menaster is the Head Deputy of the Appellate Branch of the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office. He has been with that Office since 1973, and has been doing appellate work since 1981. He has argued (and lost) a case in the United States Supreme Court and has argued (and mostly won) nine cases in the Cal. Supremes.

Hey Al, turns out I was wrong. Just this once. Genius and beauty can go together...

Michael Goodman is a Head Deputy with the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender’s Office. He supervises the Writs and Appeals Division as well as the lawyers working on Police Misconduct, Pitchess, and Post-Conviction DNA litigation. He has been doing appellate work since 2000. He still occasionally appears in trial courts, though his skill set there makes clear why his office has mostly insisted that he remain an appellate lawyer. He hasn’t been a lawyer, never mind an appellate lawyer, for as long as Al, but then again Al wrote the brief in Marbury v. Madison.

Why we’re here…

There’s SCOTUS if you want to follow what’s happening in the United States Supreme Court. There’s At the Lectern if you want to follow the civil side of the California Supreme Court. But if criminal law is your area, there really wasn’t any easy way to follow what’s happening in the California Supreme Court. And Al got tired of always having to answer lots of different questions about when is People v. Thatguy going to be issued. So even though he’s the less curmudgeonly of the two people who administer things around here, he begged Michael to start this blog so he could get to more important things, like vetting jokes for his next The Year’s Cases presentation.

Anyhow, this blog is here to help provide a place for criminal lawyers, defense and prosecution, to go to keep track of our state’s high court.

And thus this blog was born.

The California Supreme Court Criminal Law Blog is run by Michael Goodman and Al Menaster. Al posts most of the content and Michael posts occasionally and tries to keep Al’s posts from looking like they were posted by a marauding band of lunatics.

If you want to know more about us, in case we owe you money or you’re the lawyer handling the will for one of our long lost wealthy uncles, click on the “About” link at the top of this page…

By the way, got an idea for some content? Have a relevant article you’d like to have posted? Want to write a column on a regular basis? Let us know. We’d love to get more ideas and content to make this blog better. Send us your ideas, criticism, questions, etc.

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  1. Robin
    July 11, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Michael, why does your picture look like it was taken with a fisheye lense? Please use a better picture. Please.

  2. July 11, 2012 at 11:39 am

    It’s possible, that’s just how I look…But one of these days I’ll get a better picture posted. This one did come from my iPhone and I took it of myself, so it’s possible that a different camera might look slightly better…

    • August 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

      OK, I’ve posted a different and possibly better photo. At least it looks a little less like you’re seeing me through a fishbowl.

  3. June 7, 2017 at 11:51 am
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