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Executions, death sentences plunge across nation

December 22, 2016 | San Francisco Chronicle
Death sentences and executions nationwide have fallen sharply this year, while California — which hasn’t executed a prisoner in more than a decade — has issued nine death sentences, 30 percent of the nation’s total, according to a report released Tuesday.

Judicial Profile: Nichelle L. Blackwell

December 21, 2016 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Commissioner Nichelle L. Blackwell has one of the toughest assignments a bench officer can have. In her dependency assignment at Edmund D. Edelman Children's Court, she hears cases every day about children who are abused, neglected, or abandoned, and must decide whether they should stay with their parents or be removed.
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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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