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CONVICTION UPHELD IN SHAKEN-BABY CASE The state Supreme Court had no sympathy for a convicted baby killer on Monday, rejecting his argument that prosecutors had concealed material evidence. In a unanimous decision, the court held that the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office didn’t violate Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 — the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1963 ruling preventing prosecutors from suppressing evidence favorable to the defense — by failing to disclose that a key witness had flip-flopped on testimony in similar cases. The testimony of Dr. James Ribe, the senior deputy medical examiner in the L.A. County coroner’s office, had been used by prosecutors to establish a timeline in convicting Jose Salazar of murdering 11-month-old Adriana Krygoski. The child died on Nov. 20, 1996, two days after Salazar — sentenced to 15 years to life in prison — violently shook her at her babysitter’s home. Salazar’s lawyers argued that Ribe had changed his mind on timelines in other murder cases, most notably in the highly publicized 1995 murder of 2 1/2-year-old Lance Helms. Ribe’s initial time of death for Helms led to the conviction of Eve Wingfield, the girlfriend of the child’s father, but a second look by Ribe resulted in freedom for Wingfield and the conviction of the father, David Helms. The high court ruled on Monday that the DA’s office passed the Brady test in the Salazar case. “In sum, the evidence does not strongly support — if at all — petitioner’s claim that Dr. Ribe was a mere puppet of the prosecution and thus should have been disbelieved in this case,” Justice Marvin Baxter wrote. The ruling is People v. Salazar, 05 C.D.O.S. 4760. — Mike McKee DEAN OF HASTINGS TO RETIRE IN A YEAR Hastings College of the Law Dean Mary Kay Kane plans to retire in June 2006 after 13 years on the job. Kane, who has worked at Hastings since 1977, said she wants to write and travel during a one-year sabbatical, but isn’t sure what she will do after that. Born and raised in Detroit, Kane came to Hastings on an invitation that she acknowledges had to do as much with her gender as her teaching ability. “They had heard of me, and quite frankly � they didn’t have any women on their full-time faculty,” she said. Desiring to write, Kane found herself surrounded by older law professionals with plenty of expertise to lend to her books. Kane is the author or co-author of several volumes on civil procedure. Kane got her law degree from the University of Michigan in 1971 and began teaching three years later at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. Kane also taught at the University of Michigan, University of Texas and Boalt Hall School of Law. “She has incredible energy,” said Leo Martinez, the school’s current academic dean. “I just don’t think there are many people who would have devoted themselves as unselfishly to the school as she has.” Martinez called Kane a gifted fundraiser, noting she helped secure $3.5 million during the quiet phase of a school renovation campaign and created a half-dozen chaired professorships in her tenure. — Warren Lutz DLA PIPER TAKES SIX FROM WINSTON & STRAWN DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary has hired six lawyers from Winston & Strawn in California. Joining DLA Piper’s West Coast finance group last week were partners Gary Rosenbaum, Jean LeBlanc and Adam Spiegel in Century City. Dick Okada, a former Winston partner, will work in San Francisco. M. Kristine Suh and Anne Petersen joined the finance group in Century City as associates Monday. “A few years ago, we built up the bankruptcy practice nationwide,” says partner John Cusack, who leads the firm’s finance group. “Last year and this year, we concentrated on the finance practice.” Cusack expects DLA will soon announce other hirings in California. The additions follow the arrival two months ago of Winston & Strawn Chicago partners Laurence Bronska and Andrew McCune, who now co-chair DLA Piper’s Midwest private equity practice. Rosenbaum said he had worked with the two Chicago partners on matters for his client, Seattle-based Evergreen Pacific Partners. “After they got to DLA, they talked to me and talked about how DLA was looking to expand its finance practice,” said Rosenbaum. The four California partners focus mostly on representing lenders in commercial lending transactions. They shared with the DLA firm common clients, including Union Bank of California and Wells Fargo Foothill. All four worked at the Murphy, Sheneman, Julian & Rogers firm before it merged into Winston & Strawn in 2003. — Marie-Anne Hogarth

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