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Well-Known Forensics Science Lab Possibly Mixes DNA Samples

By Michael Guisti on January 22, 2019

pharmaceutical glass bottles production lineYikes. Last October, Forensic Magazine reported the latest development in a string of DNA contamination cases by Utah-based forensics lab, Sorenson Forensic. Labs like Sorenson help police forces compare DNA obtained in a crime scene (or evidence kit) against a state database of DNA samples from convicted offenders and arrestees (depending on the state you reside in). This is called the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). A “hit” in CODIS could result in the linking of perpetrators and multiple crimes. Read the rest »

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When “Swatting” Goes Wrong

By Michael Guisti on February 26, 2018

police-275875_1920Just a few years ago, the Internet was filled with kids shoving spoonfuls of cinnamon into their mouths. Now, some have switched cinnamon out for Tide pods. Many outlandish trends are emerging in this digital age, and a truly dangerous one has erupted—swatting.

So, what is swatting? Read the rest »

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Mom Tried to Stop Bullying, Now Facing Felony

By Michael Guisti on February 18, 2018

woman-1006102_1920 (1)What would you do to protect your child?

That question, no doubt, crossed the mind of Virginia parent Sarah Sims. Her daughter was being bullied by other children at school. Sims contacted the school, located in Norfolk, but never got a response. Read the rest »

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Jail Confession Scandal: Corruption in Orange County

By Michael Guisti on November 30, 2017

pexels-photo-690800You don’t have to watch TV shows to hear about grand political scandals. Orange County jail troubles seem to be popping out of everywhere lately. In the latest addition to the never-ending saga, public defender Scott Sanders recently sat down with OC Weekly to discuss one of the biggest criminal justice scandals in OC history. Read the rest »

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Orange County Jailers Injuring Inmates

By Michael Guisti on September 20, 2017

mma-2282013_1920The OC Register recently chronicled the role that excessive force plays in Orange County and Southern California jails. The issue mostly relates to how jailers hold the inmates.

The technique is called “chicken winging.” It’s slang that refers to a hold in which the prisoner’s arms are held behind his back and pushed up towards the shoulders. This method can cause severe pain, sprain ligaments, and even break bones. Read the rest »

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Death in OC Jail: Who’s to Blame?

By Michael Guisti on July 26, 2017

Tina Wu, sister of Danny Pham, with her attorney Michael Guisti, talks with the media in Santa Ana, California, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Danny Pham, who was serving a 180-day sentence for car theft, was killed in his jail cell on July 3. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Tina Wu, sister of Danny Pham, with her attorney Michael Guisti, talks with the media in Santa Ana, California, on Monday, July 24, 2017. Danny Pham, who was serving a 180-day sentence for car theft, was killed in his jail cell on July 3.
(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

Danny Pham was a skinny, 27-year-old cosmetology student who grew up in Westminster, California.

Described as “just a sweet kid,” Danny had a good family, direction, goals. Then he messed up. He took a car that wasn’t his and went “joyriding” one night. He was caught, pled guilty, and surrendered to serve six months in the Orange County Jail in Santa Ana.

Danny Pham is dead. Read the rest »

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Michael Guisti Comments on Charges Being Dropped in Michelle Hadley Craigslist Case

By Michael Guisti on January 10, 2017

OC Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Guisti answers questions following the press conference announcement of files being charged against Angela Diaz. Ms. Diaz was charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, perjury, forgery, grand theft, falsely reporting crimes to APD, and framing her husband’s ex-fiancée, causing the victim, Guisti’s client Michelle Hadley, to serve jail time after being arrested and charged.

The announcement was made at the OCDA’s Office in Santa Ana on Monday January 9, 2017 at 11am. For more information, read the full story of the Michelle Hadley Craigslist Case on our site and stay tuned to our Facebook account for the latest news and updates.

Inaccuracies in Latest ABC7 News Report Outrage Michael Guisti

By Michael Guisti on November 24, 2015

ABC7 News Report Inaccuracies

The Law Office of Michael L. Guisti has been retained by Huong Thi Nguyen to defend her against criminal charges. On November 19, 2015, ABC7 news aired a story about a Santa Ana ride along where Ms. Nguyen was allegedly arrested by the Santa Ana Police Department for prostitution. As her legal counsel, we are shocked at the inaccuracies and outright fabrications in the ABC7 news report. It is ironic that an agency which shields itself behind the 1st Amendment would be so reckless and indifferent to the constitutional rights of someone who has been victimized in the human trafficking industry. This office will fight vigorously in Ms. Nguyen’s defense.

The ABC7 news report in question can be found here.

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Long Beach PD and LA County District Attorney to Investigate Police Shooting of Unarmed Man

By Michael Guisti on June 4, 2015

Long Beach, CA — Local law enforcement agencies are conducting investigations into the death of a college student in a confrontation with a police officer last Wednesday evening. According to the Long Beach PD, Feras Morad, 20, appeared to be under the influence of drugs during the altercation. Morad is said to have jumped through a second story plate glass window following a confrontation with friends. He then allegedly tried to attack a police officer who was trying to assist him. The officer is reported to have attempted to subdue Morad with a taser and an “impact weapon” before using his firearm. In accordance with standard procedure the incident is under investigation by both the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.

Statements by family and friends have seemed to confirm reports that Morad was using hallucinogenic drugs at the time. However, they also feel that the use of lethal force was not justified and are considering taking legal action against the department. Morad has been described as a studious young man who aspired to attend Harvard Law School. He was also a champion debater who attended El Camino Real Charter High School and Moorpark College. He had planned to transfer to Cal State Long Beach in the fall.

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LA County Prosecutors Opt Not to File Elder Abuse Charges Against Casey Kasem’s Widow

By Michael Guisti on May 26, 2015

Los Angeles, CA — Last Friday, it was announced that Jean Casem would not face charges of elder abuse or criminal neglect in the death of her husband, Casey Kasem. According to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, Kasem’s ill health in the months leading up to his death in July of last year would make it difficult to prove that abuse or neglect had played a role in ending his life.

Prosecutors released a lengthy document detailing the health struggles that plagued the well-known radio DJ and voice actor, and divided his family, in the final year of his life. Kasem’s second wife, Jean, and his daughters from his first marriage, Kerri and Julie, strongly disagreed on the best course of medical treatment for Kasem, who was suffering from Parkinson’s disease and dementia. In May of 2014, Jean Kasem checked Casey, who was wheelchair-bound, out of the hospital and hired outpatient medical professionals to see to his care.

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