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San Diego Reader: Portantino’s Criminal Lawyer Talks of DA Investigation, Discussion over Charges

San Diego lawyer Marc Carlos, who represented the late Michael Portantino in the district attorney’s investigation of Portantino’s Gay & Lesbian Times, says that discussions of how Portantino would be charged were ongoing with the DA’s office. Carlos was talking regularly with a deputy district attorney. “There was never any discussion that [Portantino] would not be charged,” says Carlos. “We were discussing potential charges that we could negotiate. I wanted misdemeanor charges.” Says Carlos, “The investigation involved allegations of inflating circulation to advertisers.” Carlos informed Portantino of his discussions with the deputy DA, and told him that it was unlikely that the owner of Gay & Lesbian Times would actually go to prison. But the DA investigator had interviewed advertisers who began dropping out of the publication, worsening Portantino’s financial situation.

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About Marc X. Carlos

Marc Carlos is a partner and co-founder of Bardsley and Carlos LLP. Mr. Carlos has been practicing criminal law since 1987. He has been a member of both the Los Angeles and the San Diego County Public Defender's office where he was a senior trial deputy focusing primarily on serious felony trials. Mr. Carlos has tried over 140 jury trials and represented thousands of clients in criminal matters. He has tried a variety of complex criminal matters ranging from fraud to murder, including death penalty cases.

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