Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Hats Off to Juan (and Todd, and Larry)

Remember Juan Catalan, the man whom police alleged was the prime suspect in a 2003 murder, when he was actually at a Dodgers game twenty miles away?  With the assistance of Curb Your Enthusiasm producer Larry David and his cast and crew, Mr. Catalan's lawyer Todd Melnik went through outtakes to find Mr. Catalan in the stands that day. Cell phone records also helped with the defense. Here's a story from 2004 discussing the dismissal of charges. Now the Los Angeles City Council has agreed to pay Mr. Catalan $320,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from the arrest. Read more here.

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