Attorney shares final thoughts

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Defense lawyer John Day talks about the Granich case one last time

By Carol A. Clark

Attorney John Day presented closing arguments Friday evening in the State v. Granich trial, which began Oct. 5 in First District Court in Santa Fe.


Day and attorney Mark Donatelli represented Penny Granich, 35, charged with vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving in the Dec. 4, 2005 death of her husband  Thomas Edward Granich, 32.

The state sought to prove she was the driver of the couple’s 2004 Dodge truck, which landed in the bottom of the canyon near Overlook Park in White Rock.

The eight woman, four man jury deliberated Friday evening and Tuesday morning before returning a verdict of not guilty on all three counts.

“Two experienced district attorneys reviewed the case and rejected it as not prosecutable,” Day said during an interview this morning. “It’s been a four-and-a-half-year nightmare for Penny. We respect the jury’s decision and now Penny just wants to get on with her life.”

Penny does not want to talk about the case, he said, adding that she has asked that all contact regarding the case go through her attorneys.

Day and Donatelli are with the nationally prominent law firm of Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom, Schoenburg and Bienvenu.

They specialize in legal representation with an emphasis on all aspects of criminal defense, Indian law and complex civil litigation, including catastrophic injury cases, wrongful death, civil rights and commercial litigation.

The firm provides nationwide legal services through its offices in Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Tempe, Ariz., and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Day joined the firm in 2000. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a law degree from The University of New Mexico.

Donatelli has been a partner in the firm since 1983. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center.