Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Richard Durst Trial Documents Accessible

The Richard Durst trial has captured national attention – the television documentary was gripping, but complaints about the editing suggests that the “truth-seeking” representations in the film may be questionable.  The present pursuit of Mr. Durst as the defendant in this matter also runs contrary to purported police officer findings when the matter was originally investigated in 2000.

To access the publicly-available materials related to the Durst matter, click here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/84i78t2gitftc57/People v. Durst. SA089983.Felony Complaint For Extradition.March 16 2015.pdf?dl=0

From these materials, one can discern the following:

  • The Felony Complaint for extradition was signed on March 16, 2015, the day after the airdate for the season finale of The Jinx, which strongly indicates collusion between HBO and the Office of the District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles.
  •  Durst’s legal team is headed by Dick Deguerin, who has among the finest reputations any criminal defense attorney can aspire to.
  •  Durst’s local counsel, for the Berman matter in Los Angeles, is Don Re – another phenomenal attorney, known for representing Snoop Dog, but also a real trial attorney and a fixture at the LAX courthouse – where the matter is pending.
  • The matter is pending at the LAX courthouse (which has the finest bench in Los Angeles, in my opinion).
  •  The Complaint asserts that the death penalty can be sought – and the reason is that there is an allegation that the crime occurred because the victim was a witness to a crime.
  • The Investigating Officer is Gevork Shamlan of the LAPD Robbery and Homicide Division.

Considering the pending federal action in New Orleans related to a gun charge, and Mr. Durst’s age, the matter may never play out in Los Angeles.  If it does, considering the docket at the LAX courthouse, I anticipate that it will be sent down to the downtown courthouse and understand that four Deputy District Attorneys have been assigned to the matter, and that the team is lead by Richard Llewellyn, Jr. (this is not confirmed). 

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