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Lawmaker wants to fix state’s ‘unfair’ bail system

August 12, 2017 | Daily Democrat
It’s rare that a California lawmaker seeking a policy model to follow would turn to Kentucky. But with the Legislature on summer recess, that’s precisely what Sen. Bob Hertzberg is doing.

A new trial for Scott Peterson? No way, new court filing contends

August 11, 2017 | Modesto Bee
Questioning the performance of Mark Geragos, a television personality and Los Angeles attorney representing Peterson, ignores other “overwhelming evidence” that the Modesto man killed 27-year-old Laci Peterson just before Christmas 2002.

State Bar’s union ‘dismayed’ about incoming executive director

August 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The State Bar employees’ union said Thursday it is “dismayed” that Chief Operating Officer Leah Wilson will be the agency’s next executive director and is concerned that the bar won’t be able to fulfill its mission of protecting the public under her.

Judicial Profile: Gregory Dohi

August 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) “Some programs that won’t take anybody in unless they’ve been clean for 30 days — that’s really frustrating for us, because if you’re clean for 30 days, you probably don’t need a program that badly,” Dohi said.

Civics Movement Gains Ground

August 10, 2017 | California Courts Newsroom
Only one in three Americans can name a U.S. Supreme Court justice. Read about the 13 counties who are pushing to change that for California's schoolchildren.

Southwest Juvenile Courthouse holds ribbon cutting

August 10, 2017 | Valley News
A large group of dignitaries and interested residents attended a ribbon cutting at the Southwest Juvenile Courthouse, the 15th and newest courthouse in Riverside County.

State Bar says CEO resigns, chief operating officer to take helm

August 10, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker has resigned as the State Bar’s executive director after nearly two years of leading the agency during turbulent times, members of the bar’s Board of Trustees announced Wednesday.

Judicial Profile: Houry Sanderson

August 10, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Despite the victim’s family asking for the defendant’s freedom, Judge Houry Sanderson said she’d need more to convince her to agree to anything less than a plea deal of six years in prison.

Insurers must pay even if home damage exceeds property value

August 09, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
Insured homeowners in California whose homes have been badly damaged, but not destroyed, are entitled to coverage for the cost of repairing them, even if that cost far exceeds the property’s market value, under a ruling that has now become final.

Court interpreters strike outside of Napa courthouse

August 09, 2017 | Napa Valley Register
Frustrated with their wages and what they see as unfair treatment by their employers, court interpreters staged a one-day walkout at the Napa County Superior Courthouse on Wednesday morning.

Innocence Is Irrelevant

August 09, 2017 | The Atlantic
According to the Prison Policy Initiative, 630,000 people are in jail on any given day, and 443,000 of them—70 percent—are in pretrial detention.

Opinion: State high court should address pivotal water issues

August 09, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The issue pending before the Supreme Court involves two of the largest water agencies in the nation, a dispute worth more than $7 billion, and fundamental questions about the rate-making powers of government agencies and state water policy.
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