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July 28 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, July 28, 2016

San Jose Police Honey-Trap Gay Men, Sparking Civil Rights Fight 

At Columbus Park, where San Jose decades ago cleared hundreds of homes beneath the municipal airport’s flight path, jets wing in low enough to rattle the signposts. By day, the poorly kempt 10-acre tract bustles with softball teams. Weekends bring beach volleyball players and horseshoe pitchers. Mostly, it’s left to the tent-dwellers who live among clustered trees and along the adjacent Guadalupe River. by Jennifer Wadsworth  — San Jose Inside


PG&E criminal case over safety goes to the jury

Criminal pipeline-safety charges against Pacific Gas and Electric Co. were sent to a federal court jury Wednesday after a defense lawyer, in closing arguments, said the prosecution’s case was based on anti-corporate “sound bites.” Referring to a prosecutor’s assertion Tuesday that PG&E had chosen “profits over safety” when making decisions about gas pipeline inspections, the utility’s lead attorney, Steven Bauer, said, “My reaction to that is, ‘Now we’re gonna prosecute a logo with a slogan.’” By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle

Brock Turner case: Judge Persky ouster battle heats up

The debate over whether to oust Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over the light jail sentence he gave a former Stanford athlete convicted of sexual assault heated up anew Wednesday, with a new letter from supporters in the legal field and critics announcing the latest petition. A group of 46 professors from leading law schools in California issued the letter opposing the recall of Persky, who sentenced former Stanford student Brock Turner to six months in jail rather than two years in state prison for sexually assaulting an intoxicated unconscious woman. By Tracey Kaplan — San Jose Mercury News

Sex offenders protest their right for travel

Sex offenders from across the country gathered today at a federal court in Oakland to fight against what they say is a violation of their First Amendment rights. Frank Lindsay, a board member of California Reform Sex Offender Laws says local and federal sex offender laws “are banishing (sex offenders) slowly out of society. By Lilia Luciano — KXTV

John Hinckley Jr.’s impending release, more than three decades after his attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan, serves as a reminder of how a single event can change the face of criminal law. Today, fewer than 1 percent of criminal defendants plead not guilty by reason of insanity like Mr. Hinckley, according to legal experts. By Joe Palazzolo — The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)

A current nonequity partner at Sedgwick has accused the firm of systemic discrimination against women in a class action suit filed Tuesday in a California state court. The suit claims that a “male-dominated culture” keeps women from earning equal pay and equal partnership status at Sedgwick.By Roy Strom —

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