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CA Chief Justice explains letter to Sessions

April 25, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) California's chief justice made a passionate appeal for attorneys to take greater action on behalf of people in the country illegally and explained her reasons for writing an open letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

New Sessions immigration directive to affect Calforinia prosecutors, judges

April 25, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Attorney General Jeff Sessions' plans to prioritize the prosecution of indviduals who enter the nation without legal permission are likely to affect caseloads of U.S. attorneys and federal judges, potentially diverting resources from other priorities, legal observers said.

Panel says San Diego judge broke ethics rules

April 24, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) San Diego County Superior Court Judge Gary G. Kreep broke judicial ethics rules when he made inappropriate comments about the appearance and ethnicity of attorneys and others in his courtroom, according to a report released Friday by a panel of special masters of the Commission on Judicial Performance.

California moves slowly toward resuming executions

April 23, 2017 | Associated Press
California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade.

Court reporting firms battle over proposed legislation

April 21, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A bill moving through the state Senate would bar law firm employees from accepting "any gift, incentive, reward, or anything of value" in exchange for giving business to court reporting firms.

Opinion: Courts are for justice, not bait

April 21, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) We undermine the integrity of the law when victims, witnesses or parties to a case avoid courthouses because they fear deportation. When key players are absent, the truth suffers.

California’s death row turning into home for seniors

April 20, 2017 | Sacramento Bee
Ninety California death-row inmates are at least 65 years old, corrections records show. The number of seniors on death row has grown by nearly 500 percent since early 2006, when the state housed 16 seniors.

Thompson receives Civic Learning Award

April 19, 2017 | Highland Community News
Thompson Elementary School received recognition for its teaching of civic responsibility on Tuesday, April 18, when it was presented the Superior Court of California's California Civic Learning Merit Award.

Bill amended to make pro bono disclosure optional

April 19, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The bill that would have required California attorneys to publicly disclose each year the amount of money they donated to legal aid organizations, as well as the number of pro bono hours they worked, has been amended to make the disclosures optional.
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