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People v. Wahidi

California Court of Appeal, Second District, Seventh Division

December 30, 2013

The PEOPLE, Plaintiff and Respondent,
v.
Abdullah WAHIDI, Defendant and Appellant.

APPEAL from a judgment of the Superior Court of Los Angeles County, Michael Kellogg, Judge. Affirmed. (Los Angeles County Super. Ct. No. LA068054).

Page 803

COUNSEL

James Koester, under appointment by the Court of Appeal, for Defendant and Appellant.

Kamala D. Harris, Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Lance E. Winters, Senior Assistant Attorney General, Paul M. Roadarmel, Jr. and Robert C. Schneider, Deputy Attorneys General, for Plaintiff and Respondent.

OPINION

WOODS, J.

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Abdullah Wahidi was convicted following a court trial of, among other offenses, attempting to dissuade a witness from testifying. On appeal, he contends the evidence [166 Cal.Rptr.3d 417] is insufficient to support the conviction. We affirm.[1]

FACTUAL AND PROCEDURAL BACKGROUND

1. The Charges

Wahidi was charged in a seven-count information with assault with a deadly weapon against four different victims, felony vandalism, misdemeanor battery and attempting to dissuade a witness by using force or threat of force within the meaning of Penal Code section 136.1, subdivisions (a)(2) and (c)(1). [2] Wahidi pleaded not guilty, denied the special allegations and proceeded to a court trial after waiving his rights to a jury trial.

2. Summary of Trial Evidence

a. People's evidence

On February 28, 2011, Wahidi was involved in a physical altercation with Farahan Khan and three other individuals in a parking lot, during which Wahidi punched one of Khan's friends in the face and then broke the windows of Khan's car with a baseball ...


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