As most of you know, AJ Pontillo had been found innocent by a jury of the charges brought against him in a trial in December 2014.
PONTILLO, ALEO JOHN DEFENDANT CARSON FRANK C ESQ.
Count Degree Code Description Outcome
1 Felony PC 182/209(A) NOT AVAILABLE ACQUITTED
2 Felony PC 209(A) KIDNAPPING FOR RANSOM ACQUITTED
3 Felony PC 209(A) KIDNAPPING FOR RANSOM ACQUITTED
4 Felony PC 209(A) KIDNAPPING FOR RANSOM ACQUITTED
5 Felony PC 182/487(A) NO DESCR ACQUITTED
6 Felony INS 1814 NOT AVAILABLE ACQUITTED
Also noted that Frank Carson was his attorney in that case.
Even when you’re acquitted, or not held to answer as in Georgia DeFilippo’s case, the District Attorney’s Office does not feel appropriate to return your personal property. It takes a motion to the court, and then a favorable ruling by the judge to return your personal property.
On August 30, 2017 AJ Pontillo, represented by Frank Carson, argued a motion to judge Steffen to have his property returned.
Arguments lasted about ½ hour and apparently there were some interesting arguments made by Frank Carson on behalf of AJ. Apparently, the District Attorney’s Office, which was represented by Mme. DA Marlisa Ferreira, did not want to return his personal property even though he’d been acquitted. Also of note investigators Kirk Bunch and Steve Jacobson were also present in court. I assume they were just there for moral support as there was no witnesses called in this case my knowledge, just motions were filed in arguments made.
Below is the minute order that was prepared by the court clerk and the judge’s ruling. In addition, a transcript is to be obtained and will would be made available on Dawgs Blog as soon as possible, and my understanding is there were some entertaining moments in the hearing.
Also of note, the self-described advocate from Turlock, Linda Taylor, (aka copsucker) was nowhere to be seen.