Notable Cases

People v. Fred S. Menderin and Donald C. Hale

Michael D. McGlinn was a deputy district attorney for the County of San Bernardino from January 1970 to mid 1973. For the last year and a half of his tenure, he was co-prosecutor of two noteworthy prison murder cases. The first was People v. Fred S. Menderin and Donald C. Hale, a contract murder by prison gangs.

People v. Andrea Holman Burt and Benton Burt

Michael D. McGlinn was co-prosecutor in the murder case of People v. Andrea Holman Burt and Benton Burt. A vehicle transporting a prisoner to the San Bernardino courthouse was ambushed by four members of a revolutionary group called the Venceremos. A correctional officer deputy was killed and another was severely wounded. A specially-built bullet proof shield was installed in the courtroom for the trial. The trial generated local and state press coverage.

Juvenile Murder Cases

Michael D. McGlinn moved to San Diego in 1973 where he entered into the private practice of juvenile and criminal defense. In 1979, sixteen-year-old Brenda Spencer was accused of a shooting spree at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego killing two adults, wounding eight children and a police officer. Brenda was famously quoted as saying, “I hate Mondays.”

Michael D. McGlinn and his associates represented Brenda Spencer in the Juvenile Court. He filed a writ with the Court of Appeal challenging her being referred to be tried as an adult. He also represented Ms. Spencer in the San Diego Superior Court, where he obtained a change of venue to Orange County, CA. The case generated local, state, national and international press coverage for every court appearance. Michael D. McGlinn has represented minors both male and female accused of murder and other serious criminal offenses, some in juvenile court and some in adult court.

Juvenile Dependency Cases

McGlinn and McGlinn handle juvenile dependency cases. In an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune on November 14, 1993, the following appeared: “Two years ago tomorrow, Jim Wade and his family started crawling from the wreckage of their lives. On that day, Wade got his good name back. A Superior Court judge in San Diego dismissed charges that the Navy chief petty officer had raped and sodomized his 8-year old daughter. In short order, a Juvenile Court referee gave the Wades their freedom, loosening the vise that child welfare authorities had tightened around them, and then [their child], who had been on the verge of adoption, came home. Judge Frederick Link also approved requests by Wade’s attorney, Michael D. McGlinn, that Wade be declared factually innocent and that his arrest and court records be sealed and destroyed.”

The Wade case generated extensive local and state press coverage. The San Diego County Grand Jury initiated an intensive investigation of Social Services in San Diego County generating several Grand Jury reports highly critical of the agency. Subsequent DNA testing confirmed Mr. Wade had not raped his daughter. Michael D. McGlinn’s investigative team uncovered the true perpetrator of this heinous crime.

McGlinn and McGlinn regularly represent highly contested dependency cases in the San Diego Juvenile Court involving allegations of sexual misconduct and child abuse.