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Courts Mourn the Passing of Justice Betty Barry-Deal

March 29, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
The Honorable Justice Betty Barry-Deal—the first woman to serve on the 1st District Court of Appeal—passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter in Ventura, California, on March 12.

Opinion: Jerry Brown's legacy at the high court

March 29, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) When Justice Kathryn Werdegar retires at the end of August, Gov. Jerry Brown will have the opportunity to appoint his 11th justice to the California Supreme Court.

Judicial Profile: Ed Hall

March 29, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) "I want the attorneys to be pursuing the alternatives. ... I like counsel to be engaged with the person in not just necessarily seeing them in court, but following up with them afterwards to make sure they're doing well," he said.

California's Chief Justice Assails Trump Administration

March 27, 2017 | The Recorder
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, doubling down on her recent criticism of the Trump administration, on Monday told state lawmakers in an annual address that “the rule of law is being threatened.”

Chief justice defends 'rule of law' in sharply-worded speech

March 28, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye gave an unusually fiery State of the Judiciary speech in the Assembly chambers on Monday afternoon, criticizing aspects of the federal immigration crackdown and casting the courts as the protectors of "the rule of law."

State high court says Canadian can withdraw plea due to ineffective counsel

March 28, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In a case with possible implications for criminal cases that could lead to deportation, a Canadian citizen who pleaded guilty to felony drug possession in Riverside County will have an opportunity to seek withdrawal of his plea due to ineffective counsel, following a decision by the state Supreme Court Monday.

Judicial Profile: Thomas Trent Lewis

March 28, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Since beginning his term as supervising judge of family law division in November, Judge Thomas Trent Lewis has eagerly begun implementing his plan to move cases through the Los Angeles County Superior Court system more efficiently with high- and low-tech innovations.

Editorial: Pandering is no substitute for immigration overhaul

March 25, 2017 | Sacramento Bee
Having failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump and the Republicans who control Washington could, if they were smart, pivot to undertake a sensible overhaul of the nation’s complicated immigration law.

Small-time thieves catch a break in state high court ruling

March 23, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
The reduced punishment that California voters approved for shoplifting in November 2014 wasn’t limited to swiping goods from store shelves, but also covered other types of nonviolent commercial theft, like going to a bank to cash a stolen check, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Take Our Judges But Not Our Money, Calif. Judge Tells Lawmakers

March 23, 2017 | Courthouse News Service
A California judge told state senators Thursday that his court will support Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to move two vacant judicial slots from his court to another county, but will oppose the plan fiercely if it means losing money.
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