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Judge OKs release of details in arrests of 3 SF officials

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A federal judge cleared the way Monday for San Francisco prosecutors to release information they have withheld about charges against three local officials accused of accepting bribes from undercover agents that were allegedly intended for Mayor Ed Lee.

District Attorney George Gascón’s office said, however, that it would seek to keep the evidence out of public view.

The officials — former San Francisco school board President Keith Jackson, former Human Rights Commissioner Nazly Mohajer and former commission staff member Zula Jones — are accused of taking and trying to conceal $20,000 in purported campaign contributions to Lee. The mayor has not been charged.

 Read the whole story at SF Gate

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SAN BERNARDINO SHOOTING: Kamala Harris talks to top cops about Apple vs. the FBI

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

California Attorney General Kamala Harris told a gathering of California police chiefs, “let’s step back for a moment,” in considering public safety and privacy issues in the current Apple-FBI encryption case playing out in federal court.

Speaking Monday, March 14 at the California Police Chiefs Association annual symposium in Ontario, Harris warned against making a bright-line choice on the issue.

“I suggest we cannot afford to accept a false choice on this – the false choice being, ‘You’re either in favor of Apple or you’re in favor of the FBI. You’re either in favor of just getting rid of encryption, or locking everything down so law enforcement can’t have access.’”

Read the whole story at Press Enterprise

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Man Takes Fight Over Nudity Ban to 9th Circ.

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

PASADENA, Calif. (CN) - Wearing a leather gladiator kilt, black thong, harness and not much else, Will Walters attracted the attention of photographer at a gay pride after-party in 2011.
If the festival organizers had taken issue with Walters' skimpy outfit, they had not said anything when they welcomed him into the beer garden. These events, after all, are not known for displays of modesty.
So, when San Diego Police Lt. David Nieslit approached Walters as he was having his photograph taken and told him his outfit was "borderline," it came as a surprise.
Walters told the officer that he had worn the costume at a gay pride event the year before without any problems.
He would have been forgiven for thinking that was the end of it.

Read the whole story at Courthouse News Service

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Southern California's Paul J. Watford is among Obama's top choices for Supreme Court

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Judge Paul J. Watford, a Southern Californian who serves on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and has won praise from conservatives and liberals, has emerged as as finalist for President Obama's nomination to the Supreme Court.

The president has narrowed his search to three appeals court judges, including Judges Sri Srinivasan and Merrick Garland, both from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, according to officials close to the process. All three have had bipartisan support in the past.

If nominated, however, any one of them is likely to run into near-unanimous opposition from Senate Republicans, who have vowed to block action on any Obama nominee to fill the seat of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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University of California to Overhaul Sex Harassment Reviews

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The president of the University of California system ordered a new process for reviewing sexual harassment claims against administrators after UC Berkeley faced a backlash over how it handled allegations against the dean of its law school.

Sujit Choudhry resigned Thursday after his former executive assistant alleged in a lawsuit that her boss received only a temporary pay cut and orders to undergo counseling as punishment following a campus investigation that substantiated her claims that he repeatedly kissed and touched her.

University leaders must make sure that substantiated cases of sexual misconduct be dealt with "firmly, fairly and expeditiously and that appropriate sanctions are imposed that recognize the serious nature of these claims," University of California President Janet Napolitano said Friday in a letter to the system's 10 chancellors.

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State's 22 unaccredited law schools will be required to show dropout rates in June

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 15, 2016

California's unaccredited law schools, which collectively have an 85% dropout rate, will soon have to disclose their attrition rates to prospective students.

State bar trustees voted Friday to require the schools to publish their dropout rates for the last five years.

The 12-to-1 vote came after The Times revealed that students in the state's unaccredited law schools were far more likely to drop out than students at nationally accredited law schools, which have a dropout rate of about 12%.

Students who attended the unaccredited schools said they were not aware that so few students finished their degrees.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Democrats see the middle as the right path on Supreme Court nominee

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 14, 2016

As President Obama moves closer to choosing a Supreme Court nominee, Democrats appear to have settled on a conclusion: His best political play is the least political one.

Rather than lobby him to choose a champion of liberal ideology or a symbolically historic appointment, many in the president's party have come to support his view that he should focus on finding a replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia who has unchallenged legal credentials.

Obama said during a Rose Garden news conference Thursday that Republicans' vow not to even meet with his nominee isn't a factor in his selection and that he wanted to quickly nominate an “eminently qualified” replacement.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Assisted death will become legal in California in June

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 14, 2016

After passing sweeping anti-tobacco legislation on Thursday, the state Senate voted to finally close the special legislative session on health care, thereby starting the countdown for California’s assisted death law to take effect.

Approved through the special session last fall and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, the controversial legislation does not kick in for 90 days after the session concludes. That means terminally ill patients can seek life-ending drugs from their physicians beginning June 9.

As the special session dragged on for months while lawmakers negotiated a tax extension, supporters of assisted death agitated publicly for them to wrap things up. Several prominent advocates died before they could take advantage of the policy.

Read the whole story at SacBee

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Berkeley Law Dean Resigns

Posted By Administration, Monday, March 14, 2016

Sujit Choudhry, the embattled dean of UC-Berkeley School of Law, tendered his resignation Thursday, two days after his executive assistant sued him and the university for sexual harassment,

A university spokesman confirmed Choudhry's resignation. No other details were immediately available.

Tyann Sorrell alleges in an Alameda County Superior Court complaint that Choudhry hugged her, kissed her on the cheek and forehead and inappropriately touched her on an almost daily basis from the time he became dean in July 2014 until she took paid leave from the school in March 2015.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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Two California Judges on Obama’s Short List for Supreme Court

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 10, 2016

Two California judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit are reportedly on the Obama administration’s short list to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

Both Jacqueline H. Nguyen and Paul J. Watford are graduates of UCLA Law School, and if they were to be nominated and confirmed — decidedly uncertain on both counts — they would be the first from their law school to serve on the nation’s highest court. (Chief Justice Earl Warren attended UC Berkeley).

Nguyen and Watford were nominated to the 9th Circuit by President Obama and confirmed in 2012 after their nominations stalled amid partisan bickering over judges, which continues to this day.

Read the whole story at KQED

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