Newslinks for 10-5-18

Judges tap new 'CEO' of the Napa County Superior Court

October 04, 2018 | Napa Valley Register
Fleshman was appointed by Napa judges and will replace the outgoing court executive officer, Richard Feldstein, who will retire next month after working with the Napa Court for 20 years.

Ethics Committee Cites Restrictions on Reporting Attorney Misconduct to P.J.

October 05, 2018 | Metropolitan News-Enterprise
A Court of Appeal administrative presiding justice may not inform a superior court presiding judge of misconduct by a superior court research attorney if the case in which that attorney was involved has not been finally resolved, the California Supreme Court’s Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions declared yesterday.
Related: News Release

Orchids & Onions: San Diego's best and worst architecture

October 05, 2018 | San Diego Union-Tirbune
There was a general impression from the jury group about the fact that a lot of respect was given to the materials and detailing throughout the entire building. The owner [of the San Diego Central Courthouse] is the Judicial Council of California and the architect was Javier Arizmendi, design director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Related: San Diego County, Central Courthouse

Editorial: Our recommendations for the California Supreme Court and Second District Court of Appeal elections: Just say 'yes'

October 04, 2018 | Los Angeles Times
Carol Corrigan, Leondra Kruger and those Court of Appeal justices were each already confirmed by three-member panels following their appointments, and all are now serving on their respective courts. State voters have the final say, though, and must retain or reject each justice in the first gubernatorial election after their appointment, and then again every 12 years. That’s why Corrigan, Kruger and their appellate court colleagues will be on the ballot next month.

Judge Advances Mass of Wildfire Claims Against SoCal Edison

October 04, 2018 | Courthouse News Service
Attorneys representing the property owners asked the Judicial Council of California for a Judicial Council Coordinated Proceeding, which places all pretrial motions before one judge – Presiding LA County Superior Court Judge Daniel Buckley.

Opinion: Criminal justice reform requires public access to court data

October 04, 2018 | The Mercury News
Evidence about racial disparity across the criminal justice system abounds. Now we need the data to tell us where, what and when so that we can begin to make informed, evidence-based decisions about solutions and to evaluate the success of the reforms we already have in place.

In the Name of Public Safety

October 02, 2018 | Boston Review
Beginning this week and extending through the month of October, as many as 500 women and teenagers currently imprisoned on Rikers Island and juvenile jail facilities will walk free when volunteers pay their bail. This Mass Bail Out Action, which is sponsored by RFK Human Rights and a network of grassroots groups, is hoping to post bail for every woman, sixteen- and seventeen- year-old currently sitting in jail in New York City.

Kennedy Group’s Mass Bailout Effort Has Its Fans—and Detractors

October 01, 2018 | Wall Street Journal
Kerry Kennedy walked into the Brooklyn Detention Complex on Monday morning ready with a $25,000 check to bail out a defendant at a Rikers Island jail, part of an organized effort that seeks to spend up to $5 million to draw attention to the city’s bail system.

Bipartisanship on Bail

September 25, 2018 | Wall Street Journal
At the state and local levels, Democrats and Republicans are working together on cash-bail reform to make the criminal-justice system more equal for poor people charged with petty crimes.

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