Newslinks for 4-11-19

Appeals court strikes down state law that banned early parole for youthful violent sex offenders

April 10, 2019 | San Francisco Chronicle
A California law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2017, one of a series of laws reducing mandatory penalties for youthful offenders, allowed those serving potential life terms for crimes committed when they were 25 or under to be considered for parole within either 15, 20 or 25 years of imprisonment, depending on the seriousness of the crime.

Split Ninth Circuit panel declines to send attorney fee question to the Supreme Court

April 10, 2019 | At the Lectern
The majority — Judges Milan Smith and Jacqueline Nguyen — relied on two California Court of Appeal opinions holding that attorney fees for continuing the lawsuit are not recoverable, and also concluded that the plaintiff wouldn’t win under the circumstances of the case before it even if such fees were recoverable in general.

U.S. Supreme Court revisits wedding cakes and same-sex marriages

April 11, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
Wedding cakes and same-sex marriages are back before the Supreme Court, and this time the justices are being asked to rule broadly that the 1st Amendment’s protection of the “free exercise” of religion shields conservative Christians from state civil rights laws.
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