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Notable Cases and Verdicts

Criminal Courts Bar Bulletin
In The Trenches

“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who obtained a dismissal for his client in a case involving 402 kilos of cocaine.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – May 1990

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches

“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert, Jack Stone, Ida Campbell-Thomas and Jim Sussman, who after approximately three and a half weeks of jury trial in San Fernando, a case in which their clients were charged with five counts of attempted first degree murder and numerous gang allegations, were able to convincingly argue that the victems (non-gang members) initated the shooting, thereby allowing the jury to consider both self defense adn imperfect self defense arguments. The jury returned not guilty verdicts on all 5 counts of first degree attempted murder and found all gang allegations not true.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – April, 2005

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches

“Congratulations also go out to Michael Zimbert and Steve Mandel who did an excelent job at a preliminary hearing involvin a murder with a 190.2(a)(22) (defendant was an active participant in a criminal street gang) special circumstancce allegation. Mr. Zimbert and Mr. Mandell were able to establish thru cross-examination of the People’s expert that there was not competent evidence sufficient to establish that their respctive clients were “active gang memebers” thus the Judge dismissed the special circumstance allegation at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – April, 2005

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches

“Congratulations to MICHAEL B. ZIMBERT, who obtained a dismissal at the conclusion of the preliminary hearing of his client who was charged with four felony counts, including one count of home evasion robbery, residential robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, and false imprisonment. The prosecutions theory was that the defendant acted as a lookout.

The defense successfully argued that the mere presence alone of the defendant was not sufficient absent any other circumstantial evidence to connect Mr. Zimbert’s client to the actions of the other three perpetrators.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – December, 2005

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter

“Congratulations to MICHAEL B. ZIMBERT, in the handling of a second strike case in front of Judge Hunt in Pomona Dept. N.

The case involved Mr. Zimbert’s Client being stopped for a cracked windshield. … The officer ran a record check and the dispatcher informed the officer the defendant was on parole. Defendant replied, when confronted y the Officer that he was a twin and that his twin brother was on parole and that the officer could verify that information if he would just talk to the dispatcher. The officer complied with the defendant’s reques but was once again told by the dispatcher that the defendant was on parole. A search of the vehicle recovered credit cards, driver’s license with seven different names and three bags of methamphetamine. Once defendant was in police custod at the station it was learned tha tin fact it was his twin brother that was on parole and not the defendant.

Mr. Zimbert argued that the issue is the admissibility of evidence recovered durring a warrantless search based on erroneous information in the police computer system … Mr. Zimberts Suppression Motion was denied, plea followed… Mr. Zimbert filed an Appeal and the Coutrt of Appeal fo the Second Appellate District, Division 4 agreed with Mr. Zimbert’s interpretation and … reversed and remanded the case for further proceedings…”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – February, 2003

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
“Congratulations to MICHAEL B. ZIMBERT, who obtained a not guilty verdict in less that three hours in a case in which his client was charged with a deadly weapon, criminal threats, and domestic violence.

Michael Argued that that it made not sense that the prosecution only had a picture of a bruise on her [the defendants’] arm and a picture of scrapes on her knee if infact she was forcefully choked. Moreover, why was there no picture of the six month old baby if in fact the baby was forefully pulled from her arms. Michael argued if a picture paints 1000 words the lack of one required 2…… ‘Not Guilty’

Criminal Courts Bar Association – May, 2003

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who got a 6-6 hung jury on a drive-by shooting case alleging multiple counts of A.D.W., with personal use enhancements and a full confession.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – July, 1990

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
“Michael B. Zimbert has successfully concluded a jury trial in the Norwalk Court. His client, a sixteen year old defendant at the time of the offense being tries as an adult, was charged with one count of attempted premeditated murder, mayhem, and discharging a semiautomatic weapon causing great bodily injury… Mr. Zimbert argued self defense as a justification for the confrontation that occurred and resulted in the victim being shot in the face. The jury returned the verdict in less that five hours. The found the defendant guilty of assault ass a misdemeanor and minor in possession of a firearm. before trial the prosecution wanted a minimum sentence of 25 to life.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – April, 2002

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations… to Michael Zimbert obtained an ‘acquittal’ for his client pursuant to his §1118.1 P.C. motion on a residential burglary charge!”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – July, 1990

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who, after 1 1/2 weeks of trial in a ‘Three Strikes’ case involving one count of conspiracy to commit murder and one count of murder, obtained a dismissal of all counts pursuant to his 1118.1 motion.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – July, 1990

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who obtained a 9-3 not guilty in a ‘three strikes’ case out of Torrance. The DA filed ex-con with a gun charges based on police reports that officers observed a black Lexus with tinited windows make a right turn without signaling. Officers proceeded to follow 7 blocks before effectuating a traffic stop to allegedly ‘cite or warn’ the driver. Upon approach with flashlights in hand, offisers noticed the defendant/passenger kicking something under the seat. Defendant was ordered out for ‘officer safety.’ a 9 millimeter was observed. Pretext cross exa lead to distrust of the officers’ observations. the central theme was complete when the driver (with priors of manslaughter and sales) testified ‘with out records if we would of known the gun was there it would have gone out of the window long before they stopped us.'”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – January, 1998

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who got a n/g [not guilty] in a case involving alleged violations of sections 288(a)(c), 289, and 261(2) of the Penal Code.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – June 1, 1990

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to San Fernando Valley practitioner MICHAEL ZIMBERT, who venturing far from home, achieve outstanding results for his client in Mississippi with his litigation of pre-trial motions. Mike’s client received a misdemeanor mal-misch charge and time served in lieu of the 60 to live be faced on drug charges, after Mike obtained a pre-trial dismissal of drug conspiracy charges. ”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – February, 1997

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who won a motion to suppress over an ounce of cocain that was recovered from the trunk of his client’s vehicle. Officers stopped the behicle because they allegedly observed the vehicle douple parked and both the passenger and driver not wearing seatbelts.

… Suppression focused on the credibility of the initial observations (seatbelts) and when it was determined that the defendant’s 1970 Impala only had lap belts the judge began to realize that despite Whren v. United States, the initial detention was based entirely upon a ruse.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – December, 1996

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
MICHAEL B. ZIMBERT who was able to obtain a 180-day disposition on a 5 kilo cocain case. This disposition was obtained by utilizing the “Donut Theory” which is developed by cross-examining the prosecution’s expert narcotics officer, with respect as to what are the expected ‘narcotices trafficking indicators.’ By thereafter establishing the lack of these indicatiors as applied to the client the absence/hole is created, and what is left is merely a minor player.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – October, 1995

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to RAY FOUNTAIN and MICHAEL ZIMBERT who, after obtaining an 8 to 4 not guilt in a capital case last year, successfully obtained an out-right dismissal as the result of their relentless negotiating skills on the eve of the retrial. Moreover, Attorneys Zimbert and Fountain were successful in obtaining a bail reduction to reduce both defendants’ bail to $25,000 immediately after the initial mistrial (8-4 not guilty), thereby allowing the retrial.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – December, 1994

Criminal Courts Bar Association Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations ot Michael B. Zimbert who obtained a dismissal at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in which his client was charged with possession for sale of cocaine contained in 16 paper bundles, as well as heroin which was contained in 2 coffee filters approximately 3 feet behind his client at a bar in which she worked. Michael argued the theory of constructive possession and mere presence to obtain the dismissal.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – September, 1994

Criminal Courts Bar Newsletter
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert and Ray Fountain who, after five and one-half weeks of trial, obtained a hung jury (8 for acquittal) for their respective clients in a murder case with special circumstances.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – May, 1993

Criminal Courts Bar Bulletin
In The Trenches
“Congratulations to Michael Zimbert who obtained a 1118.1 dismissal for his client in a Pasadena case in which his client was charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon. Several months before the actual trial the alleged victim stabbed Michael’s client in the elevator of the Pasadena courthouse.”

Criminal Courts Bar Association – March, 1991

In The News

The Ann Arbor News –  FBI investigates former Ann Arbor painter for links to Iranian government

June 17, 2010

LONG BEACH – A 51-year-old contract worker convicted of accidentally touching off a wildfire on Catalina Island in 2007 was told Thursday he does not have to register as an arsonist.

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CNS News –  Man Who Targeted Iran Critics Skips LA Court Date

December 3, 2010

The FBI searched a storage unit and safe deposit box in the Ann Arbor area as agents investigate whether a man who planned to kill a California radio broadcaster was working as an agent for the Iranian government, federal court records show.

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Glendale News Press – Man accused of serial rapes enters plea

March 22, 2002

Los Angeles (AP) – A purported Iranian government agent who pleaded guilty to trying to hire a hitman to kill a broadcaster critical of the Iranian regime is a fugitive from justice after missing a Los Angeles court date.

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Pasadena Star News – Man who started Catalina wildfire won’t have to register as arsonist

November 19, 2009

PASADENA — An Altadena man authorities say raped women in La Crescenta and Pasadena pleaded not guilty Thursday morning in Pasadena Superior Court.

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Daily News – Pot grower with a past is free again

April 13, 2011

His criminal history is long and colorful: Busted with heroin and cocaine in Indonesia, he served two years in a corrupt Bali jail, briefly escaping once before bribing his way out. Arrested twice in 2010 for growing millions of dollars worth of marijuana plants in Granada Hills, he could have faced 10 years in prison.

Now comes perhaps the final twist in the tale of Natale “Mike” Gabriele: He’s free again.

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The LA Times – Fatal Shooting Linked to Family’s Bloody Past

October 6, 1997

Courts: Man faces murder charge in a 1996 attack that allegedly had its origins in a remote Mexican village half a century ago.

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