California Lawyer


Justice Goodwin H. Liu

August 2012

"The line we adopt - something outside must go inside for an entry to occur - is simple, workable, and consistent with common sense. It is also consistent, to our knowledge, with every case that has found a completed burglary."

Writing for a unanimous California Supreme Court in Magness v. Superior Court (54 Cal. 4th 270, 275 (2012)), Justice Goodwin H. Liu explained that using a remote control to open a garage door - with no physical entry into the premises - will not support a charge of burglary.

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