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People v. Stevens, No. S158852

Defendant's conviction for assault with intent to commit rape and related crimes is affirmed where the stationing of a courtroom deputy next to a testifying defendant is not an inherently prejudicial practice that must be justified by a showing of manifest need. 

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Appellate Information
Appeal from Alameda County Super. Ct. No. C148565

Filed November 5, 2009

Before:  George, C. J., Baxter, J., Werdegar, J., Chin, J., Moreno, J., and Kennard, J., Corrigan, J.

Opinion by Corrigan, J.

For Appellant:  Alan Charles Dell'Ario

For Appellee:  Edmund G. Brown, Jr., Attorney General, Dane R. Gillette, Chief Assistant Attorney General, Gerald A. Engler, Assistant Attorney General, Rene A. Chacon, Stan Helfman, Laurence K. Sullivan and Arthur P. Beever, Deputy Attorneys General