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Newslinks for 8-28-17

Editorial: Cash Bail’s Lonely Defender

August 25, 2017 | New York Times
Pretty much everyone who spends any time examining the American system of secured cash bail comes away with the same conclusion: It’s unjust, expensive and ineffective, even counterproductive.

Opinion: Don’t replace judges’ bail assessment with an algorithm

August 26, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
The cause du jour for apparently uninformed liberals regarding criminal law is based on a principle that poor defendants without money are unjustifiably held in jail pending trial simply because they can’t afford bail and are, thus, the objects of unconstitutional discrimination by unequal treatment.

18 inmates to get execution dates after California Supreme ruling

August 26, 2017 | San Francisco Chronicle
California, which has nearly 750 inmates on the nation’s largest Death Row, last performed an execution in January 2006. If a federal judge finds the procedures constitutional, execution dates could be set within a year for 18 prisoners, including four from the Bay Area, whose final appeals of their death sentences have been rejected.
Related: Marin Independent Journal

'Self-Help' court services coming to Needles

August 26, 2017 | Needles Desert Star
It appears that continuing pursuit of increased court services in Needles, on the part of San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chair Robert A. Lovingood and others, is bearing fruit.

Judicial Profile: Steven Ipson

August 28, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) One of the hardest parts of Commissioner Steven Ipson’s job overseeing a juvenile dependency court is making the call to separate a child from his or her parents. He says he knows what a terrifying experience it can be.
Related: Superior Court of Los Angeles County

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Audio: Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye on Access 3D

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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