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People v. David Alan Dortch

Motion to Dismiss for Lack of Jurisdiction

Although at first blush this case appears to be a simple action of government enforcing its laws against its citizens, that is not really what is going on here. The actors in this case have been acting on their own corporate…more
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People v. David Alan Dortch

Motion to Dismiss Due to Unconstitutionality of Statutes

This motion to dismiss challenges the constitutionality of California Penal Code sec. 298.1, which allows law enforcement to force a presumed innocent suspect to give a DNA sample, and Health & Safety Code sec. 11377 and 11379.6…more
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Riverside Superior Court does about face, clearing Dr. Dortch of allegation of mental incompetence and rescinding his “no bail” status

Riverside Superior Court does about face, clearing Dr. Dortch of allegation of mental incompetence and rescinding his “no bail” status. In a stunning new development, Dr. David Dortch is no longer being held without bail…more
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Dortch v. Riverside County Superior Court

Petition for Writ of Mandate

Is challenging the conduct of law enforcement and the authority of a court a mental health issue? In Riverside County, the answer appears to be "yes" and you can be put in jail because of it. Petitioner Dr. David Dortch has…more
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Dortch v. Riverside County Superior Court

Memo of Points and Authorities in Support of Petition for Writ of Mandate

Is challenging the conduct of law enforcement and the authority of a court a mental health issue? In Riverside County, the answer appears to be "yes" and you can be put in jail because of it. Two years ago, Petitioner Dr…more
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Dortch v. Riverside County Superior Court

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Petition for Writ of Mandate

Is challenging the conduct of law enforcement and the authority of a court a mental health issue? In Riverside County, the answer appears to be "yes" and you can be put in jail because of it. Two years ago, Petitioner Dr…more
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Civil rights plaintiff told to “stop making trouble for himself” by Riverside County District Attorney’s Office is now being held indefinitely, without bail, in the Southwest Detention Center

Dr. Dortch, a longtime resident and business owner in Murrieta, California is currently being held in the Southwest Detention Center without bail, in a suspended criminal case, because of political views he voiced to the…more
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People v. David Alan Dortch

Notice of Invalidity of Penal Code 1368 Motion (and resulting orders)

Criminal defendant, though his own selected counsel, requests vacating of an order for psychiatric evaluations based upon the suggestion by a public defender that defendant had neither selected, requested, nor consented to act…more
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People v. David Alan Dortch

Motion for Dismissal With Prejudice for Violation of Defendant's Right to Speedy Trial

Criminal defendant requests dismissal of case where speedy trial time has expired. He has not waived time since February 2014 (up until June 9, 2015). Since that time, however, the Court forced a public defender to "represent"…more
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Whitby v. Chelsea Investment Corporation, et al

Class Action Complaint for Civil Rights Violations

Tenants of Windwood Village Apartments, affordable housing for low-income families, has filed a class action lawsuit against Carlsbad, California-based Chelsea Investment Corporation, CIC Management, and affiliated companies…more
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Myhre v. Seventh-Day Adventist Church Reform Movement American Union International Missionary Society, et al

Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Plaintiff's Motion to Compel Jurisdictional Discovery

Retired pastor Steinar Myhre sued his former employer church for breach of contract following their cut of his pension four years after forcing him to retire. Upon filing suit, Plaintiff discovered that his church employer…more
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Myhre v. Seventh-Day Adventist Church Reform Movement American Union International Missionary Society, et al

Amended Complaint (re breach of contract, etc. re church's failure to pay retired pastor's pension)

When a concise Complaint leaves opposing parties with questions/challenges to jurisdiction, venue, or relationship between parties, sometimes a very detailed Amended Complaint can save time and effort in motion practice. This…more
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A bold experiment in settlement negotiations

Over the years I have been involved in a few lawsuits that involved close-knit organizations of one type of another. Invariably, the lawsuit would become a matter of discussion, gossip, and sometimes retribution, often based on…more
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Myhre v. Seventh-Day Adventist Church Reform Movement American Union International Missionary Society, et al

Complaint for Breach of Contract and other causes

71-year-old retired pastor sues church for which he worked for 27 years because they have refused to continue paying his pension (after 4 years of paying) due to theological disagreements. Four years ago the church forced…more
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Myhre v. Seventh-Day Adventist Church Reform Movement American Union International Missionary Society, et al

Complaint for Breach of Contract and other causes

71-year-old retired pastor sues church for which he worked for 27 years because they have refused to continue paying his pension (after 4 years of paying) due to theological disagreements. Four years ago the church forced…more
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