Sean Erenstoft Lectures on Criminal Litigation Strategy
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Since: May 11
#1 May 5, 2011
At its monthly lecture series: Civil Rights Advocacy, First Amendment Advocates sponsored renowned trial attorney, Sean Erenstoft to discuss the use of civil litigation to level the playing field in criminal litigation matters. Notably, Erenstoft stated,“Usually, criminal litigation results from the race to ‘911’ whereby the first person to call the cops, gets his way with the DA.” As we all know, he added, there’s always two-sides to a story. And all too often, there are unresolved tort claims left unaddressed.
Remember in law school how the call of the question in any torts test included:“Identify all torts.”? Well, that’s what I’m talking about here. Don’t forget that both parties have valuable civil rights. If you can identify them, address them, and find your way to exercise your clients’ First Amendment Right to “petition the government for the redress of grievances,” you have honored the oath you took when you were sworn in as an attorney.
Erenstoft was the first attorney this decade to be challenged by the Los Angeles District Attorney for his aggressive litigation strategy of filing suit against a government witness who, herself, had suffered an arrest for battery on his client. Members of the criminal defense bar were amazed at the response by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in finding fault with Erenstoft who had done little else than file a lawful civil suit against the alleged victim of a domestic violence exchange (consisting of cyber-stalking and the making of threats). Rather than authenticate the emails his client was said to have dispatched with the victim, the deputy prosecutor handling the matter tasked a D.A. investigator against Erenstoft in what was an unscrupulous use of state resources and, arguably entrapment. The D.A. had requested the victim to attempt to settle the civil suit and then accused Erenstoft of “dissuading a witness” via the civil litigation mechanism. Erenstoft denies that he broke any law but took responsibility for his actions.
Erenstoft has been held out as a First Amendment Hero by a number of civil rights organizations, including this one. Sean Erenstoft serves the legal community by lecturing on litigation strategies, advocacy, and business affairs. Sean Erenstoft will be lecturing next in Riverside where he intends to unveil his summation on criminal discovery strategies.
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