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The 2nd District Court of Appeal this week ruled that Gregory Gadlin, now serving 35-years-to-life after his 2007 assault with a deadly weapon conviction in Los Angeles under the state’s Three Strikes and You’re Out law, can’t be barred from consideration for early release under Prop 57.
(Subscription required) The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to lease its former Family Court building at 1555 Sixth Avenue downtown to Jewish Family Service for use as a temporary shelter for asylum-seeking migrants.
The Chief Justice’s actions while fulfilling her constitutionally assigned role as head of California’s judiciary should not impede the performance of her other constitutional role as a Supreme Court justice.
Ginni Thomas should not be completely free to embrace her causes and live her life, there’s something troublesome about the unbounded nature of her public advocacy, at least for those of us who still care about the Supreme Court.
“The workload can be overwhelming even under the best circumstances, and most offices never experience the best circumstances,” said Mr. Talaska, 30, who agreed to talk only because he was no longer working as a public defender. “Most offices don't have paralegals, law clerks, or full-time investigators.” Lawyers are expected to do it all.
(Subscription required) Following push-back from legal services providers, the bar’s Board of Trustees agreed Jan. 25 that the commission should continue to exist but declined to fill its seven vacancies or ensure its size stays the same, issues that will be reconsidered in March.
(Subscription required) She was in the middle of a capital case before former Gov. Jerry Brown tapped her for the bench. Throughout that time, Sheibani was known as an attorney who devoted her time to clients as much as she was available to talk shop or lend a hand to young defenders.
Some might say the court’s timing on one of the cases is off. Not in the sense of blowing the 90-day rule, but only because the PR might have been better if the opinion — in Rand Resources, LLC v. City of Carson, which is related to the hoped-for development of an NFL stadium — had filed during Super Bowl week instead of after the game. Others would say that not wanting to draw attention to the game is understandable.
The law, which makes it harder for prosecutors to charge accomplices in homicides with murder, passed the Legislature last year and took effect Jan. 1. It’s also retroactive and could mean the resentencing of as many as 800 inmates in the state, according to Re:store Justice , which backed the legislation.
(Subscription required) The state Supreme Court committee opened the door for members of the judiciary to become more involved in transforming the criminal justice system, announcing Tuesday judicial officers may serve on nonprofit advisory boards involved in criminal justice issues.
(Subscription required) Many companies rely on independent contractors for a significant portion of their workforce. No question Dynamex dealt a knock-out blow to both small businesses and large companies who had relied on long established California case law in classifying workers as independent contractors.
(Subscription required) The State Bar expressed support for the association’s representation in a letter to the ABA signed by State Bar Executive Director Leah Wilson and Board of Trustees Chair Jason Lee.
(Subscription required) In the 22 years between her first law job and her superior court appointment, Knill amassed a wealth of experience as a civil sole practitioner, judge pro tem, research attorney and senior appellate attorney, working first in Orange County Superior Court then in the 4th District Court of Appeal, where Justice David A. Thompson described her as a “superstar.”
The Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions (CJEO) this month posted a summary of oral advice given to a judge about serving on the advisory board of a nonprofit organization involved in criminal justice issues.
(Subscription required) A bill proposed last week would require judges to file candidate statements for the Secretary of State's online voter guide. The up-to-250-word statements would apply to all superior court candidates as well as Supreme Court and appellate justices standing in retention elections.
California prison officials have systematically violated the rights of inmates spelled out in an agreement more than three years ago to limit the use of solitary confinement by crafting dubious procedures to classify prisoners as rule-breakers who must remain in isolation cells, a federal magistrate has ruled.
(Subscription required) The State Bar will drop $5.4 million in capital improvement expenses in an effort to reduce its projected deficit for 2019, the Board of Trustees decided Friday. As a result, this year’s operating deficit is reduced from $15.8 million to $10.4 million.
(Subscription required) Lager said he views his role not as a bench officer who must be convinced but prefers instead to bring up the likelihood of success for each side. Part of that entails highlighting information that likely won’t fly in a trial court.
A new generation of liberal legislators and an old governor — Brown — have been dismantling the tough penal policies of the earlier era, arguing that they disproportionately targeted the poor and the nonwhite and failed to rehabilitate offenders.
The key problem is that SB 10 has no criteria for how risk will be determined. As revised, SB 10 leaves this to each locality and ultimately it gives judges total discretion during the arraignment hearing to decide whether to release an individual and on what conditions.
“We have been looking forward to filling these vacancies for a long time,” explained Judge David Rosenberg, who emceed the event. He commented on the “wonderful turnout,” which included hundreds of attorneys, court staff and members of the public.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I am very grateful for the trust that the Superior Court has placed in me,” Langan told Lake County News on Friday. “It is an honor and a tremendous responsibility.”
A bill introduced yesterday would mandate that Supreme Court justices on the ballot for confirmation or retention prepare a short “statement” for inclusion in the state voter information guide. Court of Appeal justices and superior court candidates would also be required to prepare election statements under the legislation, Assembly Bill 265.
The San Mateo County Superior Court received a $300,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for its Multiple Driving Under the Influence Court, the most recent addition in its collaborative programs.
(Subscription required) The Mental Health Diversion law, which went into effect in July, allowed diversion for any suspect with mental illnesses — with the exception of anti-social personality disorders and pedophilia — even those who committed serious or violent felonies.