Court Won't Release Man Cleared of Dodger Stadium Beating from Prison

An L.A. superior court judge denied GIovanni Ramirez's request to be released from a San Diego jail where he is being held on a parole violation.

Former John Marshall High student Giovanni Ramirez--exonerated this summer in the beating of Bryan Stow beating--will remain in jail for a parole violation, says his attorney J. Christopher Smith.

An L.A. Superior Court judge denied earlier this week.

Read the court’s decision here.

Smith and co-counsel Bruce Zucker originally filed the request to release Ramirez in July, after two other suspects were arrested and charged in the March 31 incident.

“We’re disappointed,” said Smith in phone conversation with Echo Park Patch, adding that there is a “good likelihood” the matter will go to the court of appeal.

Smith and Zucker are hoping to argue that the standard used by the lower court to evaluate the probate commissioner’s original decision to send Ramirez to jail was the wrong one.

Ramirez was found to have violated his parole after a gun was found in the house where he was staying.

Police raided it to arrest him for the Stow beating and discovered the gun at that time.

Smith also told Patch that this time around they would rely on a transcript of the June parole hearing in any court documents filed.

When the original court papers were filed requesting Ramirez’s release, said Smith, there was no time to transcribe and quote from an original recording of the proceedings.

Hankster September 25, 2011 at 03:51 PM
That guy just looks like he belongs in jail.


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