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Should cash bail be eliminated?

Should cash bail be eliminated?

January 16, 2020 | Yahoo.com
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.

Justice Chin's Retirement Gives Newsom Chance to Shape Supreme Court

January 15, 2020 | The Recorder
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.

Justice Ming Chin to retire from state high court, leaving vacancy for Newsom to fill

January 16, 2020 | Daily Journal
(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 Chin announces retirement

January 15, 2020 | At the Lectern
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 Chin retires

January 16, 2020 | Sacramento Bee
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.

Governor Newsom Statement on Retirement of California Supreme Court Justice Ming W. Chin

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.

Online Extra: CA Supreme Court Justice Chin to retire

January 15, 2020 | The Bay Area Reporter
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."

Schools aim to increase civic knowledge

January 15, 2020 | Ventura County Star
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.

Justice Ming Chin to Retire from California Supreme Court

January 15, 2020 | California Courts Newsroom
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.
Justice Ming Chin Announces Retirement from California Supreme Court

Justice Ming Chin Announces Retirement from California Supreme Court

January 15, 2020 | The Recorder
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.

California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin to retire

January 15, 2020 | Associated Press
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.

California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin to Retire

January 15, 2020 | Courthouse News Service
California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin announced Wednesday he will retire at the end of August, capping 24 years on the bench of the Golden State’s high court.

Longest Serving California Justice Ming Chin to Retire

January 15, 2020 | Bloomberg Law
“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.”

Artificial intelligence pilot for courts passes state Senate committee

January 15, 2020 | Daily Journal
(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.

State Bar says multiple factors caused race data issue

January 15, 2020 | Daily Journal
(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.
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