Jay Leiderman quoted in the Ventura County Star discussing the Edwin Mora case: Jay Leiderman has been the defense attorney for the lead defendant in the largest-ever prosecution in Ventura County, California. The case is a consolidated prosecution of alleged members of local street gangs supposedly working together to commit extortion, assault and drug sales for the Mexican Mafia, the largest and most feared prison gang in the nation. The case has lasted for two years and will hopefully go to jury trial in early 2015. Jay and his associate Eric Lindgren beat this case down from over 30 life counts and about 900 years in prison for Mr. Mora to just over 300 years and 10 life counts – and we’re still going! This case represents a prime example of governmental overreach and poor exercise of prosecutiorial discretion, and most of all – OVERCHARGING a case.
In one of the many interviews for that case, Jay said:
“Investigators like to wave around the word ‘gang.’ They use it to strike fear in the heart of the community. It tends to also involve a lot of puffery and allegations that maybe perhaps aren’t 100 percent solid,” Leiderman said in a Ventura County Star article about his aforementioned Mexican Mafia case.
From: Police say Mexican Mafia prison gang led crime ring in Ventura County – Ventura County Star November 2012.
Also stated in the article was:
“”These are hard-core criminal gang members. They wake up every day and try to decide where they’re going to commit crimes,” Sheriff Geoff Dean said at the news conference.”
“The Mexican Mafia is an organized prison gang that orders crimes such as killings, extortion and drug dealing inside and outside prisons, authorities say. The gang controls many Southern California street gangs, officials allege.”
and “Jay Leiderman, Mora’s defense attorney, said he found it troublesome that transcripts from the grand jury have not been made available. Leiderman declined to comment on the allegations against his client without having seen the transcripts but said he planned to refute them.”