California Supreme Court justices questioned Thursday whether Gov. Jerry Brown made sweeping changes to an existing ballot proposal that shortchanged voters in his bid to put his plan to reduce the state's prison population on the November ballot.
An effort to block Gov. Jerry Brown’s ballot initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early release came under heavy skepticism from the California Supreme Court on Thursday, with several justices suggesting Brown acted within his discretion in the controversial way he filed the measure.
(Subscription required) In a sprawling eminent domain dispute over Gov. Jerry Brown's $15 billion water diversion plan, the state Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to balance the state's interest in public works and the rights of dozens of property owners.
(Subscription required) Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye repeatedly asked Lebo Automotive lawyer Wendy McGuire Coats if she had a "policy reason" for her stance that a judge should decide if class arbitration is valid.
(Subscription required) Gov. Jerry Brown and district attorneys throughout California are prepared to square off before the state's highest court Thursday as a potentially sweeping criminal justice initiative hangs in the balance.
Usually, it's the plaintiffs lawyers who are itching to escape arbitration and get back into the courtroom. That made Tuesday's arguments before the California Supreme Court something of a role reversal.
The Supreme Court of California will begin live webcasting of its early-May three-day oral argument calendar session in San Francisco, beginning May 3. The decision to webcast the court's oral argument calendar sessions was announced by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye in her 2016 State of the Judiciary Address to a joint session of the California Legislature in March.