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Aleida K. Wahn
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Aleida K. Wahn: Attorney & True Crime Writer
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Treatment v. Prosecution. That is the question. California has enacted a new mental health diversion law enabling criminal offenders who suffer from a mental disorder to receive treatment rather than prosecution. Individuals must meet specific criteria and the granting of diversion is always discretionary with the Court. Here is my in-depth analysis of this new law. http://www.aleidalaw.com/californias-new-mental-health-div…/ #mentalhealthdiversion, #mentalillness, #treatmentcriminaloffenders, #AB1810

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Don't miss the amazing summer issue of True Crime:Case Files! There are 86 pages of riveting true crime stories, book excerpts, history and trivia, important information, and so much more.

My story on the mysterious death of beautiful Rebecca Zahau begins on page 38. Rebecca's death was ruled a suicide, but a jury in a wrongful death trial found it to be murder. Come with me inside the courtroom for this unforgettable case. My story on the Jahi Turner murder trial begins on page 52. Jahi Turner was only two years old when he disappeared forever. Did he die at the hands of his stepfather or was there another explanation? It is a cold case that has waited almost two decades for an answer. #truecrime

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I am honored to share my latest story in Psychology Today, "Turning Pain into Power." A successful trial lawyer reveals how he turned challenging childhood experiences into triumph. You can take any situation and use it for your good. #positivethinking, #resilience, #selfhelp, #motivation
Turning Pain into Power
Turning Pain into Power
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Beautiful Rebecca Zahau was found hanging from the second-story balcony of her boyfriend's mansion on July 13, 2011. Although her death was initially labeled “suspicious” the San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Medical Examiner’s Office would within two months rule her death a suicide. Citing the lack of any fingerprints, DNA, or footprints belonging to anyone else other than Rebecca, the September 2, 2011 ruling was definitive.

Rebecca’s heartbroken family were outraged, refusing to accept the decision for even a second. Rebecca’s love for her family and her strong Christian faith would preclude her from taking her own life they firmly believed. Rebecca was murdered they concluded, and they would vindicate her. They started their own investigation, leaving no stone unturned and even removing Rebecca’s body from the deep earth for a second autopsy. But trying to prove Rebecca was killed would be harder than they ever imagined. It would be seven long years of struggle.

On April 3, 2018, a jury in civil court found Adam Shacknai legally liable for Rebecca's death Please read my story about this unbelievable and riveting trial.

#Rebecca Zahau, #Adam Shacknai, #suicide, #wrongful death lawsuit, #true crime
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Will little Jahi Turner ever be found, at last giving the answer to those who love him so and who have waited for almost two decades for word?

It has been 16 long years since little two-year-old Jahi Turner seemingly disappeared into thin air. Did he as the prosecution contends, die at the hands of his stepfather Tieray Jones, only to then be thrown away in the trash like garbage, never to be found? Or was Jahi accidentally injured and Tieray Jones failed to seek medical care, either through a conscious disregard or through negligence? Or could it be that Jahi was kidnapped from a park in broad daylight? These haunting questions were front and center in the murder trial of Tieray Jones, a cold case which took 14 years to charge. Please read my story on this unforgettable case.

#Jahi Turner, #Tieray Jones, #cold case, #murder trial, #true crime
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Don't miss the fantastic and informative articles in the latest issue of True Crime: Case Files! My story, "My Craziest Cases: From Downright Ridiculous to Shocking...and Everything in Between'" starts on page 44.

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I am honored to announce I received the exciting news I won True Crime: Case Files e-zine’s crime writing contest with my story, “The Regina Johnson Trial: She Killed Her Husband, But Did She Kill the Daughter She Loved?” This case touched every single person in the courtroom, with jurors crying openly during the two-week trial. Even Judge Joan Weber, who has presided over thousands of trials said, “this is one of the most tragic cases we are likely to see.” Please read my story at: http://www.truecrimecasefiles.com/index.html (Winter 2017 Issue).
True crime: case files ezine
True crime: case files ezine
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Did Diana Lovejoy hire her weapons instructor, Weldon McDavid, to kill her estranged husband? Come with me into the courtroom for this riveting trial. "It all began with a late-night phone call from a mysterious stranger recounted Greg Mulvihill. It was the night of September 1, 2016, the night he was supposed to die according to the prosecution. On October 31, 2017, Greg Mulvihill took the witness stand in the trial of his ex-wife Diana Lovejoy, 45, and her weapons instructor and sometime lover, Weldon McDavid, 50. Both charged with conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder, a jury was tasked with determining what really happened that September night. Was it a botched murder plot, or was it a plan for the higher good of saving a child from abuse?"
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I recently attended the emotional graduation ceremony at Kitchens For Good, a place where individuals once convicted and hopeless are given a second chance. This non-profit organization has an ambitious multi-tiered mission of breaking the cycle of food waste, poverty, and hunger, while training people previously incarcerated and often considered unemployable to flourish in the culinary arts. The program also accepts youth aging out of foster care, victims of domestic abuse, and homeless individuals fighting addiction or mental health issues. Here is my story in Psychology Today:
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