Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join Us
Site Search
Legal Flash
Blog Home All Blogs
News for, and by, our local legal community, curated and created by the Santa Clara County Bar. The opinions expressed in this blog are the authors' own and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, its members, its employees, or its governing board.

 

Search all posts for:   

 

Top tags: Officers  recognition  Santa Clara County Court  2016  Barrister of the Year  Barristers  Board of Trustees  Civil Practice  cyber insurance  Cybersecurity  diversity  ExCom  E-Z Legal Forms  Grand Jury  High Technology  Insurance Section  Judge Pichon  Judiciary  Lawyers in the Community  mediation  Mlnarik  Pichon  Presiding Judge  Rise Pichon  sccba  Volunteer  WLS  Women Lawyers Section 

Arresting officer in Freddie Gray case chooses bench trial

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A police officer charged in the Freddie Gray case chose Tuesday to stand trial before a judge rather than a jury, eliminating a potential wild card in the divisive and emotionally charged case.

Officer Edward Nero was one of three officers who arrested Gray when he made eye contact with one of them and took off running in a high-crime area in April 2015. The officers took Gray, a 25-year-old black man, into custody and he was placed in the back of a police van, where he was critically injured during a 45-minute trip to a nearby police station.

Read the whole story at SF Gate

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

SFPD unaccountable, uses ‘stop and frisk,’ D.A.’s panel says

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The San Francisco Police Department has outdated policies, engages in “stop and frisk” tactics on the street that have drawn outrage around the country, and does a poor job tracking officers’ conduct so it can root out problems, according to a blue-ribbon panel of judges created by District AttorneyGeorge Gascón to investigate bias in the police force.

Police officials said they hadn’t seen the panel’s preliminary findings, which were released publicly Monday evening at the African American Art and Culture ComplexMartin Halloran, the head of the police officers union, called the panel’s report an “illegitimate work of fiction” driven by Gascón’s animosity toward police. 

Read the whole story at SF Gate

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

County: $1 million settlement in jeopardy after plaintiff's attorneys violate non-disclosure terms

Posted By Paula Collis, Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A $1 million settlement for a woman who was sexually assaulted by a former Kern County sheriff’s deputy may be in jeopardy as county lawyers say the woman’s attorneys violated a non-disclosure agreement by sending out a news release Monday.

Assistant County Counsel Mark Nations said the law firm of Chain Cohn Stiles signed a memorandum in the case that states the following: “This settlement will not be publicly disclosed by any party unless required by statute.”

As a public agency, the county is required to disclose the settlement, Nations said, but the law firm is not and has violated the terms of the agreement. He said he and other county attorneys will discuss what steps to take next.

 

Read the whole story at Bakersfield.com

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

California judiciary’s toothless watchdog

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Commission on Judicial Performance is a little-known agency that has one of the most important jobs in California — to protect the public by investigating complaints against judges and disciplining misconduct. The commission is effectively responsible for maintaining the integrity of California’s courts.

Read the whole story at SF Chronicle (subscription required)

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Countersuits Over North Carolina’s Bias Law

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 The nation’s clash over the rights of transgender people escalated sharply on Monday, as Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina and the Justice Department sued each other, testing the boundaries of federal civil rights laws in a dispute over public restroom access.

Days after the Justice Department demanded that North Carolina back away from a new state law restricting access to restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms, Mr. McCrory, in a lawsuit filed in Federal District Court here, accused the federal government of a “radical reinterpretation” of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and “a baseless and blatant overreach.”

Read the whole story at NY Times

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Plan to Reallocate Judgeships Moves Ahead

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Judicial Council's committee on legislation voted Thursday to throw its support behind a controversial law that would allow the council to move five vacant judgeships from one county to another.
The committee had delayed the vote for a week, reconvening with new language it hoped would assuage concerns from the state's presiding judges who questioned encoding the council's authority to reallocate judgeships, especially in such broad terms.
"It's safe to say that the presiding judges statewide are divided on this issue," said Presiding Judge Brian McCabe of Merced County, who represents the state's 58 presiding judges as chair of the council's Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee. He told the legislation committee that he had polled the state's presiding judges and received some "very vehement" opposition to the idea. "There are a number of competing interests and concerns," he said. "The concern is this is a new arena we are stepping into, unprecedented, and it has people nervous."

Read the whole story at Courthouse News Service

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Former SF public defender stabbed to death at her SF home

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A retired San Francisco public defender was stabbed to death Friday at her San Francisco home, and a man covered in blood inside the Potrero Hill residence was detained for questioning, authorities and neighbors said.

The victim, Marla Zamora, 65, was stabbed at her home on the 400 block of Arkansas Street, police said.

Zamora defended Edwin Ramos, a gang member convicted in 2012 of killingTony Bologna and his sons, Michael and Matthew, as they drove home from a family gathering on a Sunday afternoon in 2008. The case drew national...

Read the whole story at SF Gate 

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

San Diego district attorney reverses course and releases video of officer-involved shootings

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

st. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis has released video of three San Diego police officer-involved shootings, a reversal of her previous declarations that all such footage would be treated as evidence to be seen only in court.

"The position represents a major departure from historical practices, but we recognize the times have changed," Dumanis said in a news briefing Friday at her offices. "This is really new territory."

She said the legal rights of all the parties involved must be protected and balanced against the public's desire to view such video.

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

Looming marijuana ruling could limit federal prosecutions

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Rolland Gregg and his family have fought federal marijuana charges for more than three years, arguing that the roughly 70 marijuana plants investigators found on their Washington property were for their own medicinal use and fully complied with state law.

A federal jury last year convicted Gregg, his mother and his then-wife of growing 50 to 100 marijuana plants — amounts their attorney said are in compliance with state medical marijuana law. With prison sentences looming, they have now turned to a recent act of Congress that they say should have stopped the U.S. Department of Justice from prosecuting them because they were doing what their state allowed. Marijuana is illegal under federal law, and the DOJ disagrees with Gregg's understanding of the new law.

Read the whole story at San Diego Union Tribune

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 

ACLU wins access to 12,000 internal prison documents on California's plans for lethal injection

Posted By Paula Collis, Tuesday, May 10, 2016

A court fight delaying approval of a new method for executing inmates in California ended this week with the release of 12,000 internal prison documents about the state's plans for lethal injection.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which went to court in November to obtain the documents, said it would make them public early next week. The legal standoff ended when the California Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to intervene in the case.

Prison authorities unveiled the new, single-drug execution protocol in early November, but the litigation forced the state to extend the public comment period by about seven months.

Read the whole story at LA Times

This post has not been tagged.

Share |
PermalinkComments (0)
 
Page 38 of 100
 |<   <<   <  33  |  34  |  35  |  36  |  37  |  38  |  39  |  40  |  41  |  42  |  43  >   >>   >| 
more Latest News
more Calendar

8/7/2018
Barristers' Annual Judges Luncheon

8/23/2018
Disability and ERISA Issue Spotting for Labor Law Attorneys

10/10/2018
2018 Annual Judges' Night Dinner

Recent Recognitions
Hon. Edward J. Davila2017 Diversity of the Year
Steven B. Haley2017 Professional Lawyer of the Year

Membership Software Powered by YourMembership  ::  Legal