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Criminal Case Dismissed and Civil Rights Action with a Multi-Million Dollar Verdict

During his early career as a criminal defense lawyer, Ed Madrid and three (3) other defense lawyers defended 4 individuals who were wrongfully accused of child molestation. This case along with the infamous McMartin Case were the two leading cases that started a pandemic of child molestation paranoia and pseudo satanic rituals in public, private and day care schools, retreats and neighborhoods across the United States. The media was relentless. Many individuals were falsely arrested, incarcerated and wrongfully prosecuted, including the entire McMartin/Buckey family, the O’Keefe family and Ed’s clients, the Valentin/Malave family.

After putting on an affirmative defense at a six (6) week preliminary hearing, the criminal case was dismissed.

Ed and his colleagues filed a civil rights action against the County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies and accusers. After prevailing in the 1st trial, the County appealed and the case was remanded for a retrial. At the 2nd trial, the verdict was doubled. The case was appealed and remanded for a retrial only on damages. At the start of the 3rd trial, the Court made some unfavorable rulings on the measure of damages. A writ was filed by both sides. The trial was halted. Both Writs of Mandate were granted and set for a hearing. The case resulted in a published opinion. County of Los Angeles, v. Superior Court (2000) 78 Cal.App.4th. 212. This case established the correct measure of damages in a civil rights case filed in state court.

The case was remanded for trial number 4. As jury selection commenced, the County made a multi-million dollar offer, which our clients accepted. The other two plaintiffs proceeded to trial and received multi-million dollar verdicts. Their award was reduced and the case was finally settled.

From start to finish, Ed litigated this case for 17 years. The following article, “And Now The Revenge,” was published by the California Lawyer Magazine in 1990 after the 1st trial. Click HERE to view the Article.

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    Ed, Thank you for always being there for me. I know you will lasso a championship next week. C.S.
    - C.S.
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    The staff at Madrid Law Firm are truly a blessing to me & my family. They took a situation that was years of heartache & disappointment in people and brought back a smile to my face that had long been gone. They were very professional & always went out of their way to keep me updated on our case and always made me feel comfortable. I can't explain enough how thankful I am I had such a wonderful & great team to back me up!! I would suggest to everyone to contact the Madrid Law Firm if they needed any sort of legal help and/or advice.
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    Like most folks, I am not up on lawyer talk and/or the big words you see on certain documents. Erica is very easy to talk to and explained everything. She took the time to make us feel comfortable during our misfortune. Erica's hard work is true and her kindness is genuine - she took time with us and we were not just another client to bill. In our uncertain world these days, Erica is a breath of fresh air! Should we ever need legal aid again, we will call on her again!
    - Lois D.
  • “Collectively they go the extra mile and are very confident in what they do.”
    We have used Madrid Lawfirm for years, most recently a car accident resulting in severe injuries. Both Ed and Erica are true professionals in every sense of the word, not to mention ethical and responsive. Collectively they go the extra mile and are very confident in what they do. Always looking out for your best interest and to provide you with the highest quality representation. Without question we will not only continue to use them both for all our needs but continue recommending them to those around us.
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