Newslinks for 12-26-19

Child-Porn Confessions to Therapists Confound California Courts

December 26, 2019 | Bloomberg
A divided California Supreme Court on Thursday revived a lawsuit challenging the requirement as a violation of patient confidentiality. The decision overrules two lower courts that said the privacy privilege doesn’t cover criminal conduct.

A limited limit on suits against conflicts in government contracting

December 26, 2019 | At the Lectern
In San Diegans for Open Government v. Public Facilities Financing Authority of the City of San Diego, a 6-1 Supreme Court today holds that only parties to a government contract can sue under an anti-conflict law to undo the contract. However, the court’s opinion by Justice Carol Corrigan leaves open non-party standing to challenge the contract, although with possibly weaker remedies, under a different statute allowing lawsuits by taxpayers.
Related: San Diegans for Open Government v. Public Facilities Financing Authority of the City of San Diego, S245996, Oral Argument Webcast

Nevada County pretrial program to prioritize public safety

December 25, 2019 | The Union
Nevada County Superior Court will experiment with a pretrial pilot program that reduces the need for bail by basing an arrestee’s release before trial on their risk to the community rather than their disposable income.
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