Court overturns California attorney’s extortion conviction

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The California Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of an attorney who was found guilty in an extortion plot.

The Orange County Register reported Tuesday that the court determined that Newport Beach attorney James Toledano did not get a fair trial because of an error in instructions to the jury.

Toledano was sentenced in 2015 to nine months in jail and three years of probation for the extortion and conspiracy conviction.

Persecutors accused Toledano and his client of threatening to release personal information about the owners of a Tustin auto museum.

Court documents say the owners agreed to deliver $200,000 in cash and a cashier’s check for $150,000 to Toledano and his client.

Toledano’s attorney at trial denied the charges, arguing they were working out a settlement.

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Information from: The Orange County Register, http://www.ocregister.com

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