A dispute over the meaning of Proposition 54, the new voter-approved change to how fast bills can be approved by the Legislature, could end up in front of the California Supreme Court next year in a showdown between Democratic lawmakers and government accountability groups.
Although he has served as governor longer than anyone else in California history, Jerry Brown has never been forced to make one of the weightiest decisions governors face: whether to spare a convicted criminal from execution.
Until recently, state law allowed prosecuting agencies in California — including the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office — to make those determinations in certain cases without taking the issue to a judge first. It’s a process known as “direct filing.”
California voters have decided to repair the state’s dysfunctional death penalty by passing a measure intended to speed up appeals, uniting with voters in more conservative states that also supported capital punishment.
(Subscription required) The California Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to stay the enforcement of Proposition 66, which seeks to hasten death penalty appeals with tighter timelines, calling the action unnecessary as election results have yet to be certified.
(Subscription required) When voters passed Proposition 64, it didn't just legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. It also allowed thousands of people to petition to vacate past marijuana convictions, or to reduce them to what the penalty would be under the new law.
A much-anticipated state Supreme Court ruling could transform failure into success for two measures on Tuesday’s ballot that could bring a combined convention center annex and Chargers stadium to downtown San Diego.
California’s chief justice says legal challenges to the statewide measures on the November ballot are inevitable. The chief justice says she expected the measures to be challenged either in whole, in part, or future laws that might be affected by them.