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2012 Judicial Candidate Admits Source of Funds Was Concealed

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Judge J.D. Lord Arranged for $50,000 Donation to Candidate Hughey, Who Listed Money as Coming From Personal Funds

An unsuccessful 2012 challenger to an incumbent judge has been fined after admitting that he failed to disclose the actual source of a campaign donation, and it has emerged that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge J.D. Lord played a central role in the transaction.

The Fair Political Practices Commission on Thursday approved a stipulation under which Manhattan Beach attorney Kenneth Hughey, 83, and his committee, Hughey 4 Judge 2012, are fined $4,500 for failing to report the true source of a campaign contribution. The donor of $50,000, Harbor Financial Services, Inc. (“HFS”), a Wyoming real estate investment company—over which Lord has at least partial control—is fined $2,000 for failing to file a major donor campaign statement.

Read the whole story at Metropolitan News-Enterprise

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Minister carrying sign before Giants game settles suit

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

A traveling minister who carried his “John 3:16” sign to Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park before a Giants game, and said he was told to leave or face arrest, has settled his lawsuit for $10,000.

Gino Emmerich sued the city of San Francisco, but the settlement funds — $2,500 to Emmerich and $7,500 to his lawyer — will come from ESPN, which was filming the pregame activities and hired city police to keep order, City Attorney Dennis Herrera’s office said Tuesday. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to review the status of the plaza and the extent of the public’s right to carry signs or express opinions there.

“This is at least a very fuzzy area, who owns this Willie Mays Plaza and who has the right to decide who can or can’t be there,” said attorney Michael Millen, who represented Emmerich along with the Rutherford Institute.

Read the whole story at SF Gate

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GrubHub Drivers Hit Speed Bump on Wage Claims

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO ­— A federal judge gave drivers suing on-demand food delivery service GrubHub Inc. an incremental victory on Tuesday, allowing one of their key labor claims to advance while raising the burden for others to proceed.

In her order, U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Corley of the Northern District of California said the plaintiffs’ allegations that GrubHub failed to reimburse for expenses like gas and mobile phone data can advance.

“Drawing all reasonable inferences in plaintiffs’ favor, these allegations are sufficient to state a plausible claim for relief because plaintiffs have identified the type of expenses that GrubHub failed to reimburse,” she wrote.

Read the whole story at The Recorder

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Melissa Murray steps in as interim dean of UC Berkeley Law School amid sexual-harassment scandal

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Melissa Murray, a widely respected member of the UC Berkeley Law School faculty, has agreed to serve as interim dean as the university deals with the aftermath of a sexual harassment scandal involving the former dean. Sujit Choudhry stepped down March 10 after his former executive assistant filed a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly kissing, hugging and touching her against her will.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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Will a Liberal Supreme Court Limit Money in Politics?

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The words “Citizens United,” especially when amplified by a vigorous Democratic presidential nomination fight, have become a potent shorthand for the influence of great wealth over American democracy. With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the possibility of reversing the 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee quickly became a live issue in the election and in the shadowboxing over Justice Scalia’s replacement.

So imagine that a Democratic president’s nominee is eventually confirmed, and at the next opportunity, Citizens United is reversed. What happens next? Will money lose its hold on American politics?

Read the whole story at NY Times

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SCOTUS: Majority of Americans think Senate should vote on Merrick Garland

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Fifty-three percent of Americans think the U.S. Senate should hold a vote onSupreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, while 42 percent say the Senate should wait for the next president to nominate someone. Most Democrats (75 percent) want a vote now, but most Republicans (65 percent) think it should be held off until next year.

Senate Republican leaders have said they will not hold hearings on any Supreme Court justice nominated by President Obama because they want to wait until the next president is in office. Seventy-three percent of Americans think this is being done for political reasons, while just a quarter say it is because that's what Republican Senate leaders think is best for the country.

Read the whole story at CBS News

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Trump says he'll release list of potential Supreme Court justices

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

PALM BEACH, Fla. –  Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump says he's planning to release a list of judges that he would select from to fill Supreme Court vacancies if he's elected president in an effort to ease concerns about his picks.

"I am going to give a list of either five or 10 judges that I will pick, 100 percent pick, that I will put in for nomination. Because some of the people that are against me say: 'We don't know if he's going to pick the right judge. Supposing he picks a liberal judge or supposing he picks a pro-choice judge,'" Trump told a local gathering of Republicans in Palm Beach, Florida Sunday night.He says the list would include judges "that everybody respects, likes and totally admires" — "great conservative judges, great intellects, the people that you want."

Read the whole story at Fox News

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Law School's Grad Report Flawed, Expert Says

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The law school graduate who sued her alma mater claiming it puffed up post-graduation employment figures wrapped up her testimony Thursday in the only suit of its kind to go all the way to trial.

Anna Alaburda was cross-examined by Thomas Jefferson School of Law attorney Michael Sullivan, who focused on why she turned down a job offer from a bankruptcy law firm.

Alaburda told the jury she had consulted with lawyer friends who cautioned against working for the consumer bankruptcy firm Winterbotham Parham Teeple. The law graduate claims she came to the conclusion the firm was "predatory" and "took advantage of people who were already in a bad situation."

Sullivan poked holes in Alaburda's testimony, pointing out she did not mention her friend's advice in her 2013 deposition but instead testified that she could not afford to attend a month of training out of town and the firm would not pay her bar dues.

Alaburda said that while it wasn't in her deposition "it was still part of my decision-making process."

Read the whole story at Courthouse News Service

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Supreme Court steps into Apple v. Samsung fray

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Apple's years-long fight with Samsung Electronics over design patents will make its way to the US Supreme Court.

The nation's highest court on Monday agreed to review the case, the first time it has looked at a design patent case since the 1800s.

Samsung filed a request with the Supreme Court in December to re-examine the case after losing in court to Apple, which resulted in Samsung's requirement to pay Apple $548 million.

Apple shot back in February, calling the case "legally unexceptional" and asking the Supreme Court not to "prolong" the battle against Samsung. Apple also argued that the case didn't present a question important enough to require resolution at the top of the US judicial system.

"We welcome the court's decision to hear our case," Samsung said in a statement Monday. "The court's review of this case can lead to a fair interpretation of patent law that will support creativity and reward innovation."

Read the whole story at CNet

 

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New chief chosen to replace retiring D.C. federal judge named in sex assault case

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The District’s federal court named a new chief judge Thursday, one day after Richard W. Roberts retired, citing unspecified health issues that he said prevented him from continuing to serve.

The early retirement announcement coincided with the filing of a lawsuit by a Utah woman who accuses Roberts of sexually assaulting her decades ago when she was a 16-year-old witness in a murder trial Roberts was prosecuting. Roberts’s departure from the bench also followed the filing of a “misconduct complaint” March 7 by the Utah attorney general’s office, which investigated the woman’s allegations.

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