Woodland, CA 95695
|2 July 2000||Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 98-O-01482 (20 years, 9 months ago)|
|3 December 1982||Admitted to The State Bar of California (38 years, 4 months ago)|
July 2, 2000
VITA MARIE MANDALLA [#105200], 48, of Woodland was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation, and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect July 2, 2000.A deputy district attorney in Yolo County, Mandalla was the prosecutor in a murder trial involving three defendants. The first trial ended in a mistrial, and a decision was made to prosecute the defendants separately.A witness in both trials changed his testimony in an interview in Mandalla’s office. She instructed an investigator not to write a summary of the interview and said she would inform defense counsel about what was said. Although she told the other attorney about three new pieces of information which came to light in the interview, she did not disclose a key statement which surfaced in testimony the following day.Mandalla stipulated that she failed to perform legal services competently and she suppressed evidence she had a legal obligation to reveal. As a result of her misconduct, the trial was delayed and the court was required to hold hearings on the issue of her misconduct.In mitigation, she has no record of prior discipline, she cooperated with the bar’s investigation and she is active in her church.