Newslinks for 12-27-19

State Supreme court revives psychotherapist challenge to law on patients who reveal child porn activity

December 26, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
The law, passed in 2014, expanded statutes from the 1980s that required therapists to report to police or child welfare offices — or face loss of their licenses and criminal prosecution — when a patient has produced, distributed or duplicated images of juveniles engaged in sexual activity. The new law extended the requirement to patients who downloaded or viewed those images.
Related: Associated Press, Metropolitan News-Enterprise, At the Lectern, Daily Journal

Public employees not entitled to union-dues refunds, court says

December 26, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
Nonunion government workers who won a Supreme Court decision last year exempting them from paying unions for the cost of representing them at the bargaining table are not entitled to refunds of the dues they’ve already paid, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

Governor releases some, still redacted, clemency records

December 27, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required )Days after receiving the previously sealed clemency records of six twice-convicted felons from Gov. Gavin Newsom's office, the First Amendment Coalition said it needs to decide whether it will push the governor for more transparency by challenging redactions in the released documents.
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