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Streaming Service Urges Narrowing of Anti-SLAPP Speech Protections

February 06, 2019 | Courthouse News Service
Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye urged Bandlow to be more specific. “The court is having a problem with the broadness of your argument. It could be argued that the anti-SLAPP motion protects any kind of report, public or private, that mentions keywords or buzzwords that are in the public interest,” she said.
Related: Daily Journal

Opinion: California needs a public ombudsman

February 07, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
As the California Supreme Court ruled in 1986, “In order to verify accountability, individuals must have access to government files. Such access permits checks against the arbitrary exercise of official power and secrecy in the political process.”

Napa County erases dozens of past pot convictions, reduces others

February 06, 2019 | Vallejo Times-Herald
Passed by California voters, Proposition 64 legalized the possession and use of recreational marijuana by adults. It also decreased penalties for possession with intent to sell, sales, transportation and cultivation of marijuana. Prop. 64 was retroactive, allowing for reductions and dismissals for previously imposed punishments, officials said.
Related: Daily Republic
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