Marin jury acquits San Rafael man accused of dragging, raping woman: "This was two drunk teenagers rolling around in the dirt, and neither one of them was more culpable than the other," Rankin said. "Shameful behavior for sure, but not rape."

A jury acquitted Hernandez on Wednesday. He was already free on bail before the trial.


Lax, But Fair: Lawyers say James R. Richie brings a lenient air to court but is willing to make tough calls ...Jon Rankin states "He lets us go far beyond what other judges would have allowed."

San Rafael shooting case ends in acquittal - A man who shot his ex-girlfriend's nephew in San Rafael was acquitted of assault charges Friday. Edward William Outcalt, 50, claimed self-defense in the shooting, which occurred in July 2010 at his ex-girlfriend's home on Marquard Avenue. Outcalt rented a room in the house, and the woman's 24-year-old nephew lived there as well.

Novato woman avoids prison for stabbing ex-boyfriend - Avoiding a potential prison term, a Novato woman was sentenced to community service and probation Wednesday for stabbing her ex-boyfriend in a jealous rage last summer. Lilly Mai Ly, a 49-year-old.  More Info-MarinScope 

Judge dismisses some charges in Dillon Beach attack - Four men accused of attacking a pair of teenage campers at Dillon Beach were ordered to stand trial on robbery charges and other counts, but a judge tossed a bundle of related charges this week.

Alleged rapist not fit for trial - A drifter accused of raping a woman near Stinson Beach in August 2005 was found incompetent to stand trial by a Marin jury Friday. Following the verdict, Terry Ray Hawes, 43, will be sent to a state mental hospital until he is deemed fit to face charges in Marin Superior Court.


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San Rafael Lawyer gets Bjorklund Award -  San Rafael criminal law attorney Carl Gonser is the A. Leonard Bjorklund Jr. Award winner for 2006. Prior winners include Jon Rankin.

Former deputy can't be found for subpoena A suspected drug dealer was ordered to stand trial Wednesday after the defense was unable to locate an essential witness - former Marin sheriff's Deputy Tyrone Williams - whose credibility is under ......  

Peeping Tom Sues City to Get Porn Back  - Lawyers Say City Will Probably Have to Return Hundreds of Pornographic Videos, Mags

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