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Objections to Petitioner's Request for Judicial Notice in Support of Petition for Writ of Mandate

Objections to Petitioner's Request for Judicial Notice in Support of Petition for Writ of Mandate

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AttorneysforRealPartyinInterest,CARMENTRUTANICH
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OBJECTIONSTOPETITIONER'SREQUESTFORJUDICIALNOTICEINSUPPORTOFPETITIONFORWRITOFMANDATE
Date:April11,2012Time:9:30a.m.Dept.:86
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OBJECTIONTOPETITIONER'SREQUESTFORJUDICIALNOTICETOPETITIONFORWRITOFMANDATE-CaseNo.BS136537
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RealPartyinInterestCARMENTRUTANICH("Trutanich")herebyobjectstoPetitionerALANJAYJACKSON's("Jackson")RequestforJudicialNoticesubmittedinsupportofhisPetitionforWritofMandate.JacksonhasaskedthisCourttotakejudicialnoticeoftwoexhibits:Exhibit
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apurportedorganizationalchartoftheLosAngelesCityAttorney'sOffice;andExhibit"D,"anarticledownloadedfromtheL.A.Weekly'swebsite.Jacksoncitesashisauthorityforrequestingjudicialnotice,EvidenceCodesection452(h),whichstates,inpertinentpart,thatjudicialnoticemaybetakenof"factsandpropositionsthatarenotreasonablysubjecttodisputeandarecapableofimmediateandaccuratedeterminationbyresorttosourcesofreasonablyindisputableaccuracy."Section452(h)"isintendedtocoverfactsthatarenotreasonablysubjecttodisputeandareeasilyverified.Theseinclude,forexample,factsthatarewidelyacceptedasestablishedbyexpertsandspecialistsinthenatural,physical,andsocialscienceswhichcanbeverifiedbyreferencetotreatises,encyclopedias,almanacs,andthelikeorbypersonslearnedinthesubjectmatter."
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31CalApp4th1137,1145(citingtoComment,Assem.JudiciaryCom.accompanyingenactmentofEvid.Code,§452,29BWest'sAnn.Evid.Code(1966)pp.351-352).)
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"Thestatutehasalsobeenusedondemurrertotakejudicialnoticeoffactscommonlyknowninacommunity,suchasownership,easementsandcontroloverland
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(1987)195Cal.App.3d157,160,fn.2)."
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Theorganizationalchart,Exhibit"C,"isnotthetypeofwidelyacceptedfactorpropositioncontemplatedbysection452(h).Moreover,thechartisnotpubliclyavailableandPetitionerhasmadenoefforttoestablishitsorigin.
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addition,thechartisincomplete.Thus,TrutanichobjectstoitsadmissibilitythroughPetitioner'sRequestforJudicialNotice.Nonetheless,becauseTrutanichbelievesthattheorganizationalchartactuallysupportshisposition,hehassubmittedaproperlyauthenticatedmorecompleteversionofthechartinsupportofhisOppositionBrief.
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OBJECTIONTOPETITIONER'SREQUESTFORJUDICIALNOTICETOPETITIONFORWRITOFMANDATE-CaseNo.BS136537
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Exhibit"0,"theLAWeeklyarticle,containsthebiasedopinionsofitsauthoranddoesnotcontainanyrecognizablefacts.Totheextentthearticlepurportstocontainanyfactsatall,theyarehighlydisputed.Consequently,thearticleisnotthepropersubjectofarequestforjudicialnoticeinthismatter.Thus,RealPartyinInterestrespectfullyrequeststhatthisCourtdeclinetotakejudicialnoticeofExhibit"D,"andstrikeitinitsentiretyfromPetitioner'spapers.
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TrutanichfurtherobjectstotheadmissibilityofExhibit"D"onthegroundthatthethearticlecontainsinadmissibleopiniontestimonythatlacksanyfoundation.Moreover,RealPartyinInterestobjectstotheadmissibilityofstatementsbyDistrictAttorneySteveCooleyquotedinthearticle,onthegroundthattheyconstituteinadmissiblehearsaypursuanttoSection1200oftheCaliforniaEvidenceCode,andshouldnotbeconsideredbytheCourttoprovethetruthofthemattersstated.Consequently,thestatementsrelieduponbyPetitionerareinadmissible.
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Dated:April2,2012KAUFMANLEGALGROUPAPC
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