In Williams & Fickett v. County of Fresno, the Supreme Court today holds that taxpayers who claim they did not own property that has been taxed are generally required to exhaust administrative remedies before going to court for a tax refund.
The state Supreme Court broadened the right of California taxpayers Monday to file suits challenging local or state government policies that don’t affect them directly — harming the environment, for example, or conducting secret surveillance — ruling that such suits are not limited to property owners.
The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty for Gerald Parker, known as the “Bedroom Basher” for terrorizing Orange County in the late 1970s in a string of home-invasion rapes and murders.
The California Supreme Court hears many high-stakes cases on issues such as individual rights, taxes, and the lawmaking powers of the state and its voters. But it has seldom confronted a case with such potentially dramatic consequences as Tuesday’s hearing on the Proposition 66 death-penalty initiative.
(Subscription required) The highly-charged political battle between the city of Upland and the medical marijuana industry reached the state's highest court for oral argument Tuesday in a case that tests the petitioning power of constituents and the scope of local government authority over a voter initiative.
(Subscription required) Kathryn M. Werdegar, the state Supreme Court justice who will retire from the bench this summer, received celebratory plaudits from her high court colleagues at her penultimate oral argument session Tuesday.