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California's top court rules for police in a pursuit accident case

August 13, 2018 | Los Angeles Times
A police department whose policy requires 100% of its officers to certify they have read and understood the vehicle-pursuit protocol is not liable for an accident even if all its members failed to sign, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday.

Starbucks asks state high court to revisit de minimis time

August 14, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Starbucks attorneys have asked that the state Supreme Court allow for minimum paid off-clock minutes where the work is rare or irregular, restructuring a decision where the court ruled there is no minimum for regular work.

California Lawyers Association to host first ‘annual meeting’

August 14, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The California Lawyers Association is gearing up to host its first convention-style gathering since the nonprofit group was formed to house the specialty practice groups that split off from the State Bar at the start of year.

California bill takes aim at secrecy surrounding police officer personnel records

August 13, 2018 | Orange County Register
Senate Bill 1421, by state Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, is the latest effort to open police records in the name of transparency. Since 1976, California law enforcement officers have been protected by statutes and court rulings — the strictest in the nation — that make it illegal to release virtually all police personnel records, including those involving wrongdoing and disciplinary action.

How To Make A Civics Education Stick

August 14, 2018 | KPCC
In their last legislative sessions, 27 states considered bills or other proposals that aim to answer these questions. Many of those proposals are rooted in popular ideas about the best ways to teach civics, including when kids should start, what they should learn and how to apply those lessons. Here's a look at some of those concepts.

Judge Sandra A. Thompson, Bench Officer for 35 Years, Dies at Age 71

August 13, 2018 | Metropolitan News-Enterprise
Thompson’s judicial career began in September of 1983 when she was selected by judges of the South Bay Municipal Court to serve as a commissioner. On June 13, 1984, Gov. George Deukmejian (now deceased) appointed her as a judge of that court, and in 1986 she was elected by colleagues to serve as the presiding judge.

Judicial Profile: Orange County Judge Craig Griffin

August 13, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A house flipper on the side, Judge Craig Griffin wishes he could remove a pair of holding cells from his civil courtroom to improve the ambience. But since the Orange County Superior Court owns the North Justice Center, and it’s rare to see a civil court outside of Santa Ana, he’s stuck with them.
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Creative Solutions by Pasadena Students

August 11, 2018 |
Marshall Fundamental is the only high school in California awarded the Civic Learning Award of Excellence in 2018. The Chief Justice of California came to Marshall to hand the award in person.

Opinion: State high court soon to decide conflict waivers case

August 09, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) While the justices' questions certainly seemed to reflect skepticism over the effectiveness of Sheppard Mullin's advance waiver, there is reason to think that the court may be looking for a way to resolve the case without having to reach that issue.

Justices reject 'outercourse' argument, uphold ex-Stanford swimmer's sexual assault conviction

August 09, 2018 | The Mercury News
Capping a controversial campus assault case that garnered international attention, a California appellate court Wednesday upheld former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s conviction, including the felony count that forces him to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

District attorneys post letters opposing criminals released under Proposition 57

August 09, 2018 | Daily Journal
After detailing the convict’s brutal assault using a padlock as a weapon, numerous car thefts and a nearly 100-mile-an-hour pursuit that included a police helicopter, the news release stated: “The Board of Prison Hearings found this inmate to be a nonviolent offender who does not pose an unreasonable risk of violence to the community and granted release.”

State Supreme Court Won't Hear Case of Man Convicted of Killing Gang Rivals

August 08, 2018 | mynewsLA
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a man described by authorities as a founding member of a Montebello-based gang’s “kill squad,” who is serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the execution-style killings of two rival gang members.

Opinion: Keep ICE out of our courts

August 08, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council of California should adopt the proposed ban on arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at California's courthouses. The proposal by Legal Aid at Work builds on the strong stand taken by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye against the practice of federal immigration officers trolling the state's courthouses to arrest immigrants there for criminal or civil proceedings.

Republicans bundle new judgeships, 9th Circuit breakup plan in one bill

August 08, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Proposals by Republican legislators to add new federal judges would also divide the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in two, leaving California and possibly another mainland state, along with Hawaii, as the only remaining members.
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