High Profile Cases

He Helped Build an Artists’ Utopia. Now He Faces Trial for 36 Deaths There

From the New York Times

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Max Harris did chores and collected rent at the artists’ warehouse where he lived. Now he faces trial for the deaths at a concert there — including some of his close friends.

Attorney offers to pay for Ghost Ship fire defendant’s housing if freed from jail

From The East Bay Times

OAKLAND – In a bid to spring his client from jail, an attorney offered Friday to pony up his own money to house a defendant in the deadly Ghost Ship warehouse fire in a sober living facility while awaiting trial.
The attorney, Curtis Briggs, made the offer on behalf of Max Harris during a bail motion hearing before Alameda County Superior Court Judge Kevin Murphy. Harris, 28, and co-defendant Derick Almena, 48, are former warehouse tenants who each have been charged with 36 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of 36 people who perished in a huge fire during a dance party the night of Dec 2, 2016, at the East Oakland arts collective known as the Ghost Ship.

Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow’s Innocence Discussed by Curtis Briggs and Tony Serra at Press Conference

From CBS Bay Area

Attorneys for Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, an admitted San Francisco gang leader implicated in a federal indictment that also includes state Sen. Leland Yee, argued Thursday that Chow is a changed man since his release from prison a decade ago and has committed no new crimes.