People v. Hovda, No. C058800 - California Case Law
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People v. Hovda, No. C058800

Defendant's vehicular manslaughter conviction is affirmed where the trial court did not err in failing to instruct the jury that gross negligence requires conscious indifference to consequences, because CALCRIM No. 590, the pattern instruction on gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated the trial court gave, conveyed the equivalent of "conscious indifference" by informing the jury that gross negligence exists only if a reasonable person would have known that acting in that way would create a high risk of death or great bodily injury.

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Appellate Information

Filed August 24, 2009

Judges

Opinion by Judge Robie

Counsel

For Appellant:

Patricia L. Watkins

For Respondent:

Michael P. Farrell, Senior Assistant Attorney General

Julie A. Hokans, Supervising Deputy Attorney General