State Court – Dismissal – Securities Fraud

Mr. Mesereau defended a prominent Los Angeles newscaster who was indicted by a state grand jury for numerous counts alleging securities fraud.  The state claimed the celebrity defendant had knowingly participated in a deceptive, fraudulent “high-yield” investment program in which the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international agencies were participants.  Following a twelve-week jury trial in San Bernardino County, California, the presiding judge dismissed all counts “in the interest of justice” against Mr. Mesereau’s client.  The defendant was completely exonerated.

Significance:  This was the first time this presiding criminal courts judge had ever dismissed a criminal case “in the interest of justice” on his own initiative.

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