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Zimmerman v. Superior Court
Citation:220 Cal.App.4th 389
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Michelle Goodwin is the defendant in San Diego Superior Court, charged with first degree murder. She is also charged with 10 other felony counts related to her fraudulent conversion of the victim’s property. Zimmerman is a deputy public defender. Zimmerman was assigned to represent Goodwin from September 2011 through the end of April 2012. On April 16, 2012, Zimmerman lodged with the superior court a manila envelope containing various documents. By serving Goodwin’s new counsel with a request for production discovery, the prosecution attempted to discover the identification of any individuals and their contact information, who handled the evidence at time. The prosecution filed a motion to compel production of evidence and Zimmerman’s testimony about the documents. Zimmerman asserted the attorney-client privilege and refused to answer questions about how the portfolio and the mail came into her possession.
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