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Opinion: Fixing the unfair bail system is worth the costs

September 09, 2017 | Washington Post
The bail system in place across most of America’s states and localities is patently unfair on its face, penalizing poor (and disproportionately minority) defendants who cannot afford to pay their way out of jail while rewarding others with the means to win their freedom as they await trial.

Podcast: Should Supporters Bail on Algorithm-Determined Bail?

September 08, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) This week's guests, Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Eric Siddall, and San Francisco Public Defender, Jeff Adachi, weigh the merits of bail reform that includes computer-generated risk assessment scores.

What do you mean, ‘judicial independence’?

September 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) The most commonly offered definition of judicial independence is that judges are protected from repercussions, such as being removed from office, for doing their jobs.

Jury convicts final defendant in OC court bribery scheme

September 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) A federal jury has convicted the final defendant in a racketeering scheme involving an Orange County Superior Court clerk who illegally resolved hundreds of low-level criminal cases for money.

Judicial Profile: Judge Thomas Long

September 11, 2017 | Daily Journal
(Subscription required) Long is one of four collections bench officers in Los Angeles County, which means he gets a lot of self-represented litigants with prolonged debts — often credit cards or automotive loans — as well as attorneys on behalf of lenders.
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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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