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People v. White

Significance, Double Execution, Unique Defense, The Blame Game


State of California


Daniel James White

Plaintiff's Claim

That the murders committed by White were premeditated.

Chief Lawyer for Plaintiff

Thomas F. Norman

Chief Lawyers for Defendant

Douglas Schmidt, Stephen Scherr


Walter F. Calcagno


San Francisco, California

Date of Decision

21 May 1979


Guilty of voluntary manslaughter; sentenced to seven years and eight months in prison.


West's Encyclopedia of American Law, Vol. 7. Minneapolis, MN: West Publishing, 1998.

Further Readings

  • Fitzgerald, Frances. "The Castro-II." New Yorker, July 28, 1986, pp. 44-63.
  • Robinson, P. "Gays In The Streets." New Republic, June 9, 1979, pp. 9-10.
  • Shilts, Randy. The Mayor of Castro Street. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1982.
  • Weiss, Mike. Double Play. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley, 1984.

Additional topics

Law Library - American Law and Legal InformationNotable Trials and Court Cases - 1973 to 1980