Newslinks for 7-3-18

Yelp does not have to remove users’ posts, California Supreme Court says

July 02, 2018 | San Francisco Chronicle
Yelp doesn’t have to take down a posting that a judge has found to be libelous — an angry client’s denunciation of a San Francisco lawyer and her firm — because federal law shields internet service providers from liability for statements posted by others, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Monday.
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CHP officer says justice on Court of Appeal harassed her

July 03, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A California Highway Patrol officer has accused Justice Jeffrey Johnson of the 2nd District Court of Appeal of sexual misconduct, according to an internal document reviewed by the Daily Journal that seems to suggest Johnson was already the subject of a pending investigation.

Courts’ revelations of misconduct settlements leave many unanswered questions

July 02, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The Judicial Council — at the direction of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye — amended the California Rules of Court 10.500 in June to provide public access to judicial administrative records concerning judicial officers who have resolved complaints of settlements “for which public funds were spent in payment of the settlement, including any settlement agreement[s] arising from claims or complaints of sexual harassment or sexual discrimination.”
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Cannabis Lawyers Could Get More Protection Under New Ethics Rule

July 02, 2018 | The Recorder
Lawyers with cannabis clients: California’s state bar wants to hear from you—quickly. Tuesday is the deadline for submitting public comments on two versions of a proposed change to Rule 1.2.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. That’s the rule that warns attorneys not to aid a client in breaking the law.

Judicial Profile: Los Angeles County Judge Scott Gordon

July 03, 2018 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) As supervising judge for the county’s criminal division and a member of the state’s Judicial Council, Gordon’s wide reach isn’t just apparent in felony cases. Elevated from an advisory role to a three-year voting position by Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye in June, Gordon helps form policy for the largest court system in the country.
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Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye lays the foundation for reforms within the branch to make access to justice physical, remote, and equal. 

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