(Subscription required) The state Legislature should "weigh trade-offs" before adopting Gov. Jerry Brown's proposed halt of driver's license suspensions for defendants who did not pay traffic tickets, according to a report by the Legislative Analyst's Office.
Bail-bond companies can intervene in a San Francisco case and defend the law requiring newly arrested defendants to post bail, a law that the city and state have refused to defend, a federal judge has ruled.
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors should give quick approval Wednesday to a proposal by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl to consider overhauling the county’s money bail system. Too bad it’s the only thing about this vital effort that could be done with any urgency.
(Subscription required) The State Bar plans to ask law schools for more academic data about their students to help it study the declining passage rate on the California bar exam, but the agency and deans hope to keep such information confidential.
(Subscription required) In the courtroom setting, judges and jurors could participate in a five-minute VR training session before trials. Using just a headset and a pair of motion-tracking handheld devices, a juror could enter a virtual room and physically embody an outgroup member.
(Subscription required) Hanging in Judge Michael Sachs' chambers is a painting of a downcast Abraham Lincoln, which he first laid eyes on while staying at his grandparents' home in New York. As a kid, he thought it was a bit creepy.