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Zimmerman v. Superior Court
California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division 1
220 Cal.App.4th 389 (2013)
Deputy public defender Terry Zimmerman (plaintiff) represented a woman charged with murder for financial gain. Shortly before she was transferred to another office, Zimmerman submitted to the court a large manila envelope containing the victim’s will, related trust documents, and mail. The prosecution asked Zimmerman 12 discovery questions about the items, including who gave them to her and when and how she received them. Zimmerman asserted attorney-client privilege and refused to answer. She admitted that her client had not mailed her the evidence, but claimed it came through her agents. The trial court asked her to provide supporting information privately in camera, but Zimmerman did not do so. The court held Zimmerman in contempt but stayed an order to jail her pending review by the appellate court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Huffman, J.)
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