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.