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Governor’s final budget includes courthouse construction money

January 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) After several years of disappointing state budgets, the judicial branch in California got some good news on Wednesday. Total funding for the judiciary is set to grow to $4.2 billion in the 2018-19 budget unveiled by Gov. Jerry Brown, an increase from the $3.6 billion in the budget Brown signed last year.

High court refuses to examine guilt of Redondo Beach gang murderer

January 10, 2018 |
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the murder conviction of a man who wrote rap lyrics describing details of the gang-related slaying of a father of two in Redondo Beach, but denied being involved in the killing.

CDCR uses technology for court appearances to benefit public safety

January 10, 2018 |
Thanks to an innovative program facilitated by Kern County Superior Court Judge David Wolf, prisoners who pose a serious risk to the community don’t need to exhaust CDCR resources when they appear live in court, which is now possible via streaming video at their respective institutions.

Ruling may let employees kill part of pension reform law

January 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) In a 72-page, published decision that gave a rundown of 71 years in public employee pension case law, a 1st District Court of Appeal panel found that decreasing the benefits of Merced, Contra Costa, and Alameda county employees might violate the California constitution.

Opinion: Brown suffers major setback on pension reform

January 11, 2018 | Bay Area News Group
Gov. Jerry Brown suffered a significant legal setback this week when a state appeals court dealt a blow to hopes for meaningful pension reform in California. The decision after five years of litigation over pension spiking could undermine key portions of legislation the governor signed in 2012 to end such abuses and help shore up retirement systems across the state.

Brock Turner case: Campaign turns in nearly 95,000 signatures to put judge’s recall on June ballot

January 11, 2018 | Mercury News
The campaign to recall Judge Aaron Persky for giving a former Stanford athlete convicted of sexual assault a relatively lenient sentence — six months in jail plus having to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life – has collected nearly 95,000 signatures, about two-thirds more than necessary, recall organizers said Thursday.
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