By a MetNews Staff Writer
No action was taken yesterday on a bid by the family of a murder victim to have District Attorney George Gascón’s special assistant Alisa Blair disqualified from acting as the prosecutor in post-trial proceedings based on her alleged alliance with the defendant.
The defendant, Andrew Cachu, was reported to be in COVID-19 quarantine. The case was put over to Friday.
At issue before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brian C. Yep is whether Cachu, who was 17 and 10 months when he fatally shot a man in the back in a gang-related incident, was properly tried as an adult. If so, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Kathleen Blanchard’s sentence of 50 years to life in state prison will stand.
If not, he will be released in less than a year when he turns 25—at which time the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court ends—or possibly sooner.
The Court of Appeal upheld his conviction but ordered proceedings in the Superior Court to afford him the benefit of retroactive legislation requiring that the judge, not the district attorney, decide whether a person aged 14-17 is to be tried as an adult. Blair is opposing an order that Cachu be transferred from Juvenile Court to adult criminal court.
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