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Approximately 70% of the arrests ICE makes occur after the agency is notified about someone being released from local jails or state prisons. In fiscal year 2019, ICE had lodged more than 160,000 detainers with local law enforcement agencies, according to the agency.
(Subscription required) Salter describes his transition to the superior court bench in 2010 as “shocking” but said he eventually settled into a rhythm that includes two steady principles: He doesn’t like surprises and he doesn’t ask idle questions. “I’m asking it for a very specific reason. So treat it as a serious question,” the judge said.
At the end of last year, we speculated that the delay on the Tijani request could mean that one or more justices have concerns about a pardon. That might still be true, but it could also mean that an opinion is in the works — by the court or by an individual justice — to address the so far unanswered questions about how clemency recommendation requests are reviewed.
The event will begin about 6 p.m. at courthouses in Indio, Murrieta and Riverside. A total of five rounds are planned this month, according to the county Office of Education, which is sponsoring the contest along with the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Riverside County Bar Association and the Superior Court.
California is one of many states using fees to fund projects entirely unrelated to the tickets they’re tacked onto. A 2018 audit found that traffic and moving violation fees generated more than $450 million each year for numerous state and county funds, including emergency medical services, court construction, and DNA identification research.
The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law has started a two-year pilot project that licenses a small group of nonlawyers to give limited legal advice on civil matters stemming from domestic violence. The individuals will be known as licensed legal advocates and trained to provide legal advice on topics including protective orders, divorce, child custody, consumer protection and housing.
California Health Policy Strategies, a Sacramento-based consulting group, gathered administrative data from the Board of State and Community Corrections and discovered a 42 % increase in mental health cases reported and an 80 % increase in inmate medication prescriptions over the last 10 years.
California’s ban on private prisons is being challenged by the federal government, which confines about 7,000 prisoners and immigrants in privately owned facilities in the state and says California has no right to regulate their placement.
A bipartisan group of lawmakers questioned on Thursday the effectiveness of the federal court system’s safeguards against workplace misconduct, saying in a letter that the recent public reprimand of a federal judge in Kansas for sexual harassment had documented “very troubling” behavior.
(Subscription required) State Supreme Court justices peppered attorneys with questions Wednesday in a case raising the question of whether a company accused of unfair business practices and false advertising is entitled to a jury trial because four counties are seeking statutory relief.
(Subscription required) For years, the now-former chief judge of the U.S. Eastern District of California, Lawrence J. O'Neill, warned of serious consequences if a shortage of judges was not addressed. Those warnings came to fruition this week through numerous orders citing a "judicial emergency" in the district.
(Subscription required) “The challenge is making sure that they realize they’re part of the process, they’re impacted at the end of it and that they’ve been heard or you consider them separately,” Bowen said. “It’s important to give people respect and make people feel as though they are a part of the process. That’s something very close me.”
Senior Deputy Public Defender William Quest has argued the district attorney's office short-circuited the legal system, filing a truancy case against the girl before she had a chance to go before a Student Attendance Review Board, or SARB.
Johnson’s attorneys pleaded with commissioners, set to hear oral arguments in the disciplinary case next month, to “take a fresh look at the matter” and to allow him to continue serving on the appellate court.
Every diverse lawyer at the conference (including the Chief Justice) had a story about someone — a mentor, a teacher, a colleague, or a friend — who told them that they belonged in the profession and were capable of success. Say so to the next young lawyer who doesn’t look like you, and that could become the story a future Chief Justice tells.
(Subscription required) The petition to the state Supreme Court painted a picture of a judge who admitted his mistakes and engaged in "over 90 hours of counseling with six different judges" to correct his prior errors, but who instead was railroaded by an unfair process.
On Wednesday over 100 Uber and Lyft drivers statewide are escalating the matter by filing wage claims with the state Labor Commissioner’s Office, The Chronicle has learned. They are seeking to be classified as employees and reimbursed for back wages, overtime and expenses for the past three years — amounts that for some drivers add up to over $100,000 each.
A 2018 California Supreme Court decision launched AB5. The goal of the bill is to make sure companies aren’t using freelancers to save money by skirting labor laws that guarantee protections such as paid sick days, health care benefits, overtime pay and the ability to unionize.
For years, the city and county of San Francisco has housed inmates awaiting trial in tiny cells, letting them out for only a few hours a day for exercise and often depriving them of any time outdoors, but conditions are set to improve for some after a federal judge ruled Friday that pretrial detainees incarcerated for more than four years must be given at least one hour a week of access to direct sunlight.
(Subscription required) Ordered by the California Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in light of two recent high court free speech rulings, an appellate court on Friday upheld an early victory by Marlon Wayans in a movie extra's harassment suit accusing the comedian of calling him a racial slur on set.
For years, Uber drivers have had a few requests. They’ve wanted to be able to see where passengers were going before agreeing to take them. They’ve wanted to know exactly how much Uber was keeping from each fare. Above all, they’ve wanted to make more money.
“We need new ideas,” said Martinez. “We are one-fifth into the 21st century, yet we continue to rely on 20th-century processes, procedures and regulations. We need to retain 20th-century values but advance them using 21st-century approaches that can increase access to justice.”
(Subscription required) Edwards will call attorneys out for being unprepared, said Tulare criminal defense attorney Jeffrey Boggs. “I would say that’s his biggest focus: ... being efficient and getting things done. He’s often pulled attorneys aside to tell them to step up and be more efficient.” But Edwards said the fact Kings County Superior Court is now paperless also helps.
In a court where an enormous number of litigants do not have legal counsel, “everything takes dramatically longer” because the judge has to explain basic legal concepts to the people appearing before him and shepherd them through the process during their days in court, Mitchell said.