Newslinks for 10-11-18

New ethics rules for judges unveiled

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The most significant changes may prove to be the ones associated with campaigns. Judges are now barred from soliciting judicial campaign funds from court staff, retired judges, or anyone else for whom a request for donations might appear “coercive.”
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Amici curae ask court to guide Legislature in considering bail

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Amici briefs filed with the state Supreme Court Wednesday show widespread desire for the justices to weigh in on the contentious bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in August that eliminates money bail.

New bail law will nix monetary system

October 10, 2018 | San
If the new law goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2019, instead of paying a monetary bond, judges will decide who remains in prison based on how much danger the prisoner potentially poses to the community.

Bail Industry Fights SB 10

October 10, 2018 | Santa Barbara Independent
“There are still important procedures and crime definitions that must be developed by the state’s Judicial Council and California counties,” said Sheriff Bill Brown, “so to some extent the devil will be in the details.”

Bar board chairman details his plans during tenure

October 11, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As the dust settles on the State Bar’s January reorganization and recovery from several years of scandal, the chair of the State Bar’s Board of Trustees said this is the perfect time to refocus on the bar’s commitment to public protection.

Think sex offenders can't live next to parks and schools? That's not always the case

October 10, 2018 | San Luis Obispo Trubine
Local officials say that while the so-called “2,000-foot rule” is still technically on the books, it’s been unenforceable since 2015, when the state Supreme Court found that the residency requirements as applied evenly to all of California’s convicted sex offenders was unconstitutional.

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