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August 5 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 8, 2016

Court upholds dismissal of 'comfort women' memorial lawsuit

A federal appeals court has affirmed a lower court ruling that threw out a lawsuit challenging a memorial in Southern California for women who were used as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War II. A judge two years ago decided plaintiffs did not prove their claim that they suffered tangible harm from the placement of the "Comfort Women" statue in Glendale Central Park. — The Associated Press

Federal judge is fed up with verbose lawyers and their bloated briefs

Judge Alex Kozinski, who serves on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, has had enough of “sly lawyers” who flout court rules with their verbosity. In a mundane order from the courtThursday giving a California state prosecutor permission to file an overly long brief, Kozinski dissented and said he would not read the additional 14 pages. By Maura Dolan — Los Angeles Times

LA court's avatar cuts wait times at counter

At first blush, a cartoon character seems an unlikely remedy to combat lines to pay traffic tickets at courthouses in a metropolis of 10 million people speaking more than 300 languages — lines that often stretched outside the courthouses and took more than three hours to get through. But along came Gina, a virtual traffic assistant on the Los Angeles Superior Court's website. By Matt Reynolds — Courthouse News Service


Why the courts can’t save LGBT Americans from discrimination

Some United States judges would like to protect transgender kids from discrimination at school. Some would like to prevent women from being fired because they marry a woman, or men from being mocked at work because they express an interest in other men. By Emma Green — The Atlantic


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