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A new law in New York state that eliminated cash bail for most nonviolent crimes went into effect at the beginning of January. The change has been celebrated by criminal justice reform advocates but has been met with intense opposition from law enforcement and conservative politicians.
In Newsom’s budget proposal, he called on authorities to launch a statewide program that could potentially cut citation costs by more than half for lower-income drivers. The Judicial Council’s Martin Hoshino explains an existing pilot program in four counties that reduces fines.
(Subscription required) Judge Jana M. Seng was born 10 days before the takeover of Cambodia by the Khmer Rouge. She has few memories of life under the communist regime but can gather details, which she learned later in life, to sketch a comprehensible picture of her early childhood.
With his first nomination to the high court, Newsom has the opportunity to bolster a left-of-center majority while breaking, if he chooses, Gov. Jerry Brown’s streak of selecting jurists from outside of California’s appellate courts.
(Subscription required) "Ming Chin has been a model of judicial excellence deserving the highest commendation for his long and faithful service to California and the rule of law," Wilson said. "His career has produced opinions and dissents that are strong statements of principle expressed with admirable clarity."
Justice Ming Chin today announced that he will retire from the Supreme Court at the end of August, when he will have served 24 years on the court and been a judge for 32 years. He is the longest-tenured current justice and only five people in the court’s history have been justices longer than Chin, 77.
Justice Ming W. Chin, who was appointed to the bench by Republican Gov. Pete Wilson in 1996, will retire Aug. 31, according to a statement from the California Courts. Chin is the court’s first Chinese-American justice.
January 15, 2020 | Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
“We are grateful to California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin for more than three decades of distinguished service as a jurist. As one of the first Asian Americans to take a seat on the highest court in our state, Justice Chin broke barriers. Serving with distinction on one of the most diverse state supreme courts in the country, Justice Chin has made a lifetime of critical contributions to the legal system, including the use of DNA evidence and the integration of science, technology and the law.
In a statement announcing Chin's pending retirement, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye noted she had long admired her judicial colleague and that his leaving the bench "will be incalculable." "He has been a leader in helping our courts embrace technology to expand access to justice to all Californians. His signature mix of intelligence, wisdom, and practicality will be greatly missed."
In his latest budget proposal, Newsom wants to expand a pilot program that lowers traffic fines. If approved, the judicial council will implement the program, which will be phased in with multiple counties joining each year.
The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of two men convicted of the murder of an Iraq War veteran whose body was discovered in the trunk of his smoldering car in the concrete riverbed of the Los Angeles River in South Gate.
In addition to improved classroom instruction, the “Power of Democracy” campaign championed by California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye – a partnership that brings together judges, educators, and business leaders to recognize effective civics programs – is being championed locally by Ventura County Superior Court Judges Matt Guasco and Brian Back.
The pretrial release program creates a faster alternative to the cash bail system that is increasingly viewed as unfairly punishing the poor while allowing potentially dangerous people with means to get out of prison.
(Subscription required) He’s known around Hollister, the county seat where the court is located, as a serious jurist who relaxes by singing in a doo-wop vocal group, trading his black robe for a purple pinstriped shirt and a gray fedora.
Justice Chin is the court’s first Chinese-American justice and its longest-serving sitting member. He will retire from the California Supreme Court on August 31, capping a nearly 25-year career on the state high court.
California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin, a conservative jurist who nonetheless cast a critical vote for abortion rights soon after his appointment, announced his retirement from the bench Wednesday.
Chin, 77, notified the governor’s office of his plans this week and informed his colleagues Wednesday at the court’s weekly conference in San Francisco. Chin was not immediately available for comment, but he said in a statement released by the court that he’s had “the honor and privilege to serve with three very different but spectacular chief justices” during his nearly 24 years as an associate justice.
Chin gained a reputation for being prolific, thoughtful and hard-working. He authored a landmark decision that paved the way for spousal abuse to be used as a defense in murder cases and joined the majority in 1997 to strike down a law requiring minors to get parental or judicial approval before having an abortion. He is an expert on DNA evidence.
“I’ve had the honor and privilege to serve with three very different but spectacular chief justices,” Chin said in a statement. “The judicial system has faced some major challenges in my time on the bench, but I believe the branch is now in a strong position.”
"If you're charging more and you're charging too much, you might not be getting anything,” Hoshino said. “So if you right-size it and it's proportioned to someone's ability to pay, you might get more than nothing."
Young people deserve the credit for dramatically cutting their rates of crime and other troubles. Where teenagers continue to have problems, the culprits are poverty and family issues. Four-fifths of arrests and five-sixths of gun homicides among teenagers occur in areas where youths suffer the highest poverty rates.
(Subscription required) Nakamura said AI could help expedite retroactive expungement on hard-to-track matters, such as accomplice to felony murder exceptions where the technology could help a judge decide whether a person was eligible for a reduced sentence or commutation.
(Subscription required) More than 65% of those who took last July’s exam did not report their race or ethnicity, a stark change from the roughly 5% who declined to do so in prior years, according to the bar. Hershkowitz said one likely cause was the bar’s switch last year to a new admissions case management system called AIMS.
(Subscription required) His courtroom is a bit like a miniature appeals court, more concerned with matters of law than matters of fact. It is often the last stop on a litigant’s way to the 3rd District Court of Appeal a half dozen blocks to the south.