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People v. Gordon

California Courts of Appeal
120 Cal. Rptr. 840 (Cal. Ct. App. 1975)


Donna Gordon (defendant) was an attorney who contacted a police officer, Joseph Stanley, purportedly to provide Stanley with information about a large quantity of cocaine that could be seized by the police. When they met, however, Gordon told Stanley that she had a client who wished to have an adversary discredited. Gordon asked Stanley whether it would be possible for Stanley to seize the cocaine that she was offering information about, and then plant some of that cocaine on her client’s rival. Gordon informed Stanley that it would be worth approximately $10,000 to perform this task. Stanley pretended to go along with the scheme and continued to discuss the idea with Gordon, including during phone conversations that Stanley secretly taped. Gordon soon thereafter told Stanley that she had changed her mind about participating in the scheme, because she was worried that it could endanger her potential political career. Gordon was charged and convicted of solicitation of a bribe. Gordon appealed the conviction.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Compton, J.)

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