Prof. Levinson quoted by L.A. Times on charges against a former L.A. City councilman
Clinical Professor Jessica A. Levinson was quoted in a Los Angeles Times story about the nearly month-long perjury and voter fraud case against former Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon and his wife, Flora Montes de Oca Alarcon. The question of the Alarcon's domicile during election has been a focus of the case.
"'Domicile cases can be a really tough call because you're trying to figure out someone's state of mind,' said Jessica Levinson, who teaches election law at Loyola Law School."
"Levinson said pieces of evidence like that, which suggest intent, could be enough for the defense to create 'reasonable doubt' in the jurors' minds. Before a jury can convict, the law requires it to agree the charges are true 'beyond a reasonable doubt.'"
"'The prosecution basically builds a ship and the defense tries to poke enough of a hole to get some leakage,' she said."