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The appellate court held the trial court’s rationale that the insured’s criminal conviction was “final … until it is reversed” was erroneous because the policy clearly and explicitly obligated the carrier to cover an insured’s defense expenses as a result of an appeal from a criminal proceeding, even if a trial court determined the insured was guilty or liable for fraud. Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017).