Gang Injunction Defendant Denied Counsel
A motion by Jonathan Alonzo—one of the defendants named in the proposed gang injunction—for appointment of counsel was denied Wednesday morning by Judge James Brown. The judge found that Alonzo was not entitled to appointed counsel in the civil proceedings, a right recognized only in very limited circumstances. Meanwhile, several attorneys have stepped up to offer legal services to some of the 30 named alleged gang members. A series of motions are set to be heard on the gang injunction early next month, though any possible implementation of the injunction will likely not be argued for months.