Ferdin, an animal rights protestor and actress, best known as Felix Unger's
daughter in the TV's Odd Couple and as the "classic" voice of
Lucy Van Pelt in the Peanuts TV specials, had her November 6, 2008, Contempt
of Court conviction voided Wednesday in the Santa Monica Superior Court.
Ferdin was convicted of acting in concert with others, who, by a preliminary
injunction, were prohibited from certain activities while peacefully protesting
"primate research" at U.C.L.A.
N. Seide, Esq., a certified family law specialist and a partner in the boutique
Encino Family Law firm of Adelman & Seide, LLP took on the behemoth
law firm of lrell and Manella, LLP, who represented the Regents of the University
of California in the Contempt prosecution.
who was recently appointed to represent Ferdin in a Motion to Vacate the
guilty verdict, successfully argued that the Court and lrell and Manella
violated Ferdin's 6th Amendment Constitutional right to counsel and 5th
Amendment right against self-incrimination and won. The conviction, for
which Ferdin could have been jailed, has been vacated.
stated afterwards, "I am appalled that the Regents, after spending
approximately $30,000 in the prosecution of Ms. Ferdin, are preparing to
waste a similar amount for a second trial; those funds can be put to better
use, in financial aid, grants or in the classrooms. U.C.L.A. is not a private
college and the money the Regents continue to waste on this litigation comes
out of the taxpayers pockets."