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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

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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 

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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.

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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

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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

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Bill expanding Arizona Supreme Court heads to Governor Ducey's desk

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, May 9, 2016
The Arizona Senate on Monday approved a plan to add two justices to the state Supreme Court that has drawn criticism from both the court and Democrats.
 
Republicans who control the House already approved the legislation, House Bill 2537, and the Senate voted for it an 18-12 party-line vote. It now goes to Gov. Doug Ducey for his signature.
 
The state budget proposal negotiated between Republican Senate and House leaders and Ducey ties pay increases for judges and probation department funding to the expansion.

 

Read the whole story at ABC 15

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Would-be lawyer accused of multiple scams

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, May 9, 2016

He wasn’t a lawyer, but David E. Scher knew his way around a courtroom.

He sued the City of Boston and the City of Newton. He sued the people who rented his condominium and the bank that held the mortgage. He sued a Brighton condo board over election improprieties when he failed to win a seat. And when his parents backed out on a promise to sell him the family boat, he sued them, too, citing e-mails in which they’d called him a “hyena” and a “sleaze ball.”

Read the whole story at Boston Globe 

 

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North Carolina says it will defy Justice Department over LGBT law: 'We're not going to get bullied'

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, May 9, 2016

A political showdown between North Carolina and the federal government loomed Thursday as Republican state leaders vowed to defy the U.S. Justice Department’s deadline to repeal the state’s contentious new bathroom law.

The Justice Department notified Gov. Pat McCrory in a letter Wednesday that the state’s House Bill 2, which restricts transgender bathroom access and has become a focus in the LGBT rights fight, violates sections of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It gave the state until Monday to “remedy” the violations.

On Thursday, North Carolina House Speaker Tim Moore said legislators would not meet the federal government’s deadline.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Facebook Photo-Tagging Class Action Clears Hurdle

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, May 9, 2016

Facebook Inc. on Thursday lost an attempt to get out from under an Illinois state law that puts in question the legality of its facial recognition technology.

U.S. District Judge James Donato of the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a class action brought under the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).

"After briefing and an evidentiary hearing on disputed fact issues underlying choice of law, the court finds that Illinois law applies and that plaintiffs have stated a claim under BIPA," Donato wrote.

Facebook, represented by Mayer Brown, tried to argue that its user agreement provided it would be governed by California law, not the law of Illinois, where the plaintiffs live.

Read the whole story at The Recorder


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Former federal prosecutors to lead UC probe of Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, May 9, 2016

A former U.S. attorney from San Francisco was named Thursday to head the investigation of UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, who was suspended last week amid allegations of misuse of student funds, nepotism and misstatements about her role in an effort to scrub her image and the school’s in online postings. Melinda Haag will head up the independent probe, according to an announcement from UC President Janet Napolitano’s office. 

Read the whole story at SacBee

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