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Some news on attorney Spencer Freeman Smith hit-and-run trial

Original post made by Sam, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 16, 2015

This is the labor attorney that killed a cyclist on Dougherty Road with his Mercedes, drove home to San Ramon, and hid his car in his garage until the police caught up with him. He got caught because a piece of his damaged car was identified by the local Mercedes car dealer.

His sentencing was supposed to occur on April 10, but since it's a criminal trial, the results are not posted online.

The California Bar website, though, reports that his law license has been suspended (although only on an "interim" basis):

Web Link

Comments (6)

Posted by MP
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 18, 2015 at 10:25 pm

Thank you so much for this update. I'm very happy to learn that his license has FINALLY been suspended. I thought I read that he backed out of the plea deal because the judge recused himself or that was the excuse he used. The BAR link you provided shows his license was "suspended after conviction". Do you know if he finally ended up pleaded guilty/no contest?


Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on May 5, 2015 at 12:54 pm

I am also grateful to you, Sam, for this update and glad about the interim suspension. ,

However, I note that there is now an entry for 17 April, indicating that his status is now "active". I wonder what exactly this means...


Posted by alpha 1
a resident of Dublin
on Jun 12, 2015 at 3:56 pm

This hit/run driver causing death keeps getting extensions from the Court. Is it still unsettled?


Posted by Jtjh
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 19, 2015 at 5:02 pm

According to other news sources, attorney Spencer Freeman Smith's trial was finally due to start this month, but, instead, he again entered a plea of "No contest" to felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter on 9/11. He is due to be sentenced on Friday, September 25. The sentence will be decided by Judge Michael Gaffey.

Incidentally, while the attorney's law license was suspended on I sincerely hope that this attorney's success at playing the legal system for well over three years will finally now come to an end. I hope, too, that Bo Hu's family will see justice and that Judge Michael Gaffey will see fit to sentence Mr. Smith to more than simply probation. I doubt it, but I really hope for it.
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Note that although Smith's State Bar license was suspended on Apr. 15, it was very quickly reinstated, once Judge Kevin Murphy recused himself and Smith gained yet more time by changing his plea and opting for a new trial.. See the references in this link to a document concerning a decision made by a branch of the US District Council.

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Posted by linda
a resident of another community
on Oct 12, 2015 at 2:02 am

I guess this guy know he hit a person, not a stone or deer, he hit and run, and he knows how to get a better and shorter deal because he knows how. . only 30 days in Jail and 11 months with electronic device!!! At the comfort of his orange county home after killing a people!!! Wow.....He is a killer on the road but free! !!! ....haha, in this case as an example, all the bicyc rider will be in dangerous when they ride on the road in American! The driver hit them to death as killed a deer...sad , but example for killing people without punishment! This is CA!


Posted by Pedal Power
a resident of Danville
on Oct 19, 2015 at 8:25 pm

According to my interpretation of the previously posted bar association link, and the document dated June 10, 2015, he was reinstated because he was not yet convicted (or some such - I am not an attorney) BUT he is required to notify the bar within 10 days and should then be disbarred if he is "placed on disciplinary probation by any court. You can only hope...
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