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21 Sep 2004

A Victim Who Keeps Getting Arrested — Tangled in a Case of Identity Theft / S.F. Warrants Ruled Bogus, But They Were Never Voided, San Francisco Chronicle

Lawsuits and newspaper stories aren't doing Stancy Nesby any good -- she keeps getting arrested. Nesby isn't America's Most Wanted or a career criminal. She's a victim herself, ensnared by the legal system in a case of identity theft. "I tried to show them the newspaper, but they would not look at it," Nesby said. "I was on the phone with my lawyer, and they told me to hang up. It was terrible. All those people on that block heard me screaming because they were twisting my arms." Her lawyer, Jivaka Candappa, said police had no business approaching Nesby in the first place and accused them of doing so only because she is African American. "This was total profiling," Candappa said.

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16 Sep 2004

Identity Theft Suit Alleges Bad Warrants, Mother, 28, Claims 5 Arrests After Police Conceded Mistake, San Francisco Chronicle

An Oakland woman was detained six times, arrested on five occasions and spent four stints in jail over the course of 15 months, all because San Francisco authorities failed to void warrants mistakenly issued for her arrest, according to a lawsuit she has filed against the city. "It's hard to believe it happened," said her attorney, Jivaka Candappa.

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I wouldn’t consider my case closed without providing feedback about how Mr. Candappa stepped in and saved me from an unbelievable nightmare. At that time, I lived 600 hundred miles away and was tempted to plead guilty just to eliminate repeat court appearances. Fortunately, Mr. Candappa came to my rescue, advising me that if I was not guilty of any crime then I should not be tempted to plea bargain. Mr. Candappa did such a good job that the judge dismissed the case and overruled one of the other judge’s earlier rulings.

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Jivaka is my colleague to whom I refer the toughest of cases. Jivaka has that rare combination of eloquence, passion and grit that reminds me of why we went to law school. It's not just that he is a skilled orator and writer. He can work through a problem with the thoughtfulness and clarity of purpose that enables him to overcome obstacles and achieve terrific results when other lawyers would throw in the towel. He is intimidated by nothing. He handles the courtroom with a tactical sophistication and skill that makes me look forward to many other cases with him.

- Alanna Coopersmith, Attorney
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