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Woodell's Complaint against Kiraly & Bernstein is Dismissed with Prejudice

Original post made by Clarence Darrow, Menlo Park: Sharon Heights, on May 20, 2014

It's over.

CIV 517287 JOHN WOODELL VS. CHARLES BERNSTEIN, ET AL.
JOHN WOODELL SETH I. ROSENBERG
CHARLES BERNSTEIN PATRICK C. KERWIN

"JOINT MOTION FOR TERMINATING SANCTIONS AGAINST PLAINTIFF JOHN WOODELL BY CHARLES D. BERNSTEIN AND VIRGINIA CHANG KIRALY

Defendants CHARLES D. BERNSTEIN and VIRGINIA CHANG KIRALY's joint Motion for Terminating Sanctions against Plaintiff JOHN WOODELL for Spoliation of Evidence and Misuse of Discovery Process is GRANTED. Plaintiff's Complaint is dismissed with prejudice. Code Civ. Proc. 2023.030."

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Posted by Clarence Darrow
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on May 20, 2014 at 6:37 am

I spoke too soon. It is not over just yet. The Plaintiff could contest the ruling. But at this point such an action, if taken, would be unlikely to prevail.

"If the tentative ruling is uncontested, it shall become the order of the Court. The moving party shall prepare a written order consistent with the Court's ruling for the Court's signature, pursuant to California Rules of Court, Rule 3.1312, and provide written notice of the ruling to all parties who have appeared in the action, as required by law and the California Rules of Court."


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Posted by Michael G. Stogner
a resident of another community
on May 20, 2014 at 6:39 am

Woodell is an elected member of the San Mateo County Democratic Central Committee.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Novak said,

Woodell "is not an unsophisticated phone user," she said Monday. "There is no doubt in my mind that Mr. Woodell intentionally destroyed the evidence in this case with the design for precluding the defendants the fair opportunity to examine the phone in its original condition."


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 20, 2014 at 7:17 am

The tentative ruling has yet to be made final. The judge heard arguments in court yesterday and took the matter under submission.


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Posted by Sandy Brundage, Almanac Staff Writer
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 20, 2014 at 7:20 am

Our story is up:

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