April 11, 2019 | California Courts Newsroom
The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions concludes that the justice has no mandatory duty to disqualify from hearing the appeal under the Code of Judicial Ethics because the inquiring justice made no decisions in the matter, which was stayed or on appeal during the justice’s assignment as the coordination judge.
April 10, 2019 | City News Service
Christopher Goree -- who was 17 at the time of Dr. Josephine Tan's killing -- was convicted in April 2011 of first-degree murder. Jurors also found true the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a rape.
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.
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.
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.
April 11, 2019 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Lipner said he tries to be respectful of all litigants, which entails listening until everyone’s done talking. The judge rarely provides oral tentative rulings on custody matters, especially for self-represented litigants who haven’t filed much in advance.
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