California Courts NewsLinks RSS Feed California Courts NewsLinks RSS Feed en-us Fri, 1 May 2015 16:31:17 GMT California parents, educators, convene for PTA convention in Sacramento Fri, 1 May 2015 12:21:00 GMT Thousands of educators and parents from around California began gathering Thursday at the Sacramento Convention Center to hear the latest on education, health and community issues at the annual California State PTA Convention. Article Published: April 30, 2015 E66ACF7A79A148C491AD16E54D7CA973 Justices Unanimously Uphold Death Sentence for Insurance-Motivated Familicide Fri, 1 May 2015 11:38:00 GMT The California Supreme Court yesterday unanimously upheld the death sentence for a former Riverside resident convicted of the strangulation murders of his wife and 3-year-old daughter. Article Published: May 1, 2015 9B382B091B0941BD8ABFFECC0E4E3469 S.C. to Decide Constitutionality of Trying Pro Per in Absentia Fri, 1 May 2015 11:34:00 GMT The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state and federal constitutions permit a defendant who absconded while representing himself to be tried in absentia and without counsel. Article Published: May 1, 2015 3A95D57B8DA54065ACE9A88A4A98378E State Supreme Court will revisit rest break payment issue Fri, 1 May 2015 11:29:00 GMT It's back to the future for the state Supreme Court, which agreed to hear a 9-year-old case brought by security guards demanding pay for their rest breaks. Article Published: May 1, 2015 6A471BB721A2411D8FBC8246A2F50A46 Guard can sue state over injuries at home on San Quentin grounds Fri, 1 May 2015 11:59:00 GMT The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for a former San Quentin guard to sue the state for injuries he suffered when he fell on a staircase at his home on the prison grounds. Article Published: April 30, 2015 D8CEADE5C31A490784B7DEDCA30F6C8D Complex courts face funding shift Fri, 1 May 2015 11:36:00 GMT (Subscription required) Any trial court that chooses to take on complex cases will receive additional funding starting in July, but the six counties with complex courts will be exposed to the chronic underfunding that has plagued the judiciary in recent years. Article Published: May 1, 2015 1F282FFCA2D34E95B2C5096108CA878B Editorial: Time to rein in California's traffic ticket surcharges Fri, 1 May 2015 11:32:00 GMT One reason you pay so much when you are ticketed for, say, driving with a broken taillight is that there's a surcharge added to your ticket to help victims of violent crimes. Article Published: May 1, 2015 73C2EF26C48941CBBB48BE279EE0DB2B ACLU: Mendocino County charging for traffic court dates is unconstitutional Fri, 1 May 2015 11:05:00 GMT Mendocino County is one of at least eight Superior Courts in California that requires traffic citation fees to be paid-in-full before people can stand in front of a judge and dispute the allegations of a violation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, which says the alleged practice is unconstitutional. Article Published: April 30, 2015 6BE797E3743D49DE81A3E779491422AA Judicial Profile: Richard O. Keller Fri, 1 May 2015 11:24:00 GMT (Subscription required) Alameda County Judge Richard Keller wants to affect the lives of defendants in his courtroom. Article Published: May 1, 2015 1F7F50EE83FB48C7A724F7D647DEA8AA Judge's swearing in sealed with a kiss Fri, 1 May 2015 11:03:00 GMT Adorned in their black judicial robes, James M. Humes , the presiding justice of the First District Court of Appeal's Division One, administered the oath of office to San Francisco Superior Court Judge Joseph M. Quinn during his ceremonial investiture held on the mayor's balcony inside San Francisco's City Hall. Article Published: April 30, 2015 E45ABA9709C44A8FBBCD9620E60174E4 8th graders continue to do poorly on history, civics, geography tests Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:19:00 GMT A visit to a courtroom will demonstrate that a lack of civic education can be as detrimental to a citizen as can be the lack of literacy or math skills, said Judith McConnell, presiding justice in the Fourth Appellate District Court of Appeal. Article Published: April 30, 2015 9DD017D0EDFD4021A4054FA20CD9F004 Ex-State Bar executive blames state Supreme Court aide for firing Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:24:00 GMT (Subscription required) In an amended complaint, Dunn added Beth Jay, the longtime principal attorney to the California Chief Justice, as a defendant for allegedly pushing to get him fired. Article Published: April 30, 2015 02B8F810A6504D048F1461566ADE043C State's high court paves way for new trial in Harb case Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:14:00 GMT The California Supreme Court on Wednesday left the door open to a new civil trial for the family of a Bakersfield doctor who was handcuffed by police and made to wait more than an hour for treatment after suffering a massive stroke in 2007. Article Published: April 29, 2015 FE7D6F3521BB4C0297871FF26C4B8E9B State high court rejects S.F. landlord’s bid to raise rent Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:12:00 GMT The state Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a San Francisco landlord’s attempt to raise the rents on a tenant who moved into a rent-controlled apartment with his family as a youngster and stayed there after his parents moved out. Article Published: April 29, 2015 FF33641D5DC54E138C1B5722A17C2660 Nearly half of young Americans lack confidence in justice system: survey Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:06:00 GMT Nearly half of young Americans believe the U.S. justice system has racial and ethnic biases and they strongly believe the use of police body cameras will make law enforcement fairer, a Harvard University study showed on Wednesday. Article Published: April 29, 2015 956F9CF4D36E4BB799E173E84A09B81D Sacramento mental health court celebrates graduates, gets $592,000 grant Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:52:00 GMT  “The court clerk brought cupcakes. The judge brought well wishes and a guest – California’s chief justice. Tuesday was graduation day in Sacramento Superior Court’s Mental Health Court – a fresh start for the nonviolent mentally ill offenders who successfully made their way through the program.” Article Published: April 29, 2015 82513A36367F450680A11C8BCE078EAC States can ban elected judges from asking for campaign money, Supreme Court says Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:47:00 GMT The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld state laws that bar elected judges from asking for money to support their campaigns. Article Published: April 29, 2015 CC32F653ACDB4044ACB7432F909ACA8E Despite push for diverse bench, nonwhite judicial applicants still lagging Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:45:00 GMT (Subscription required) Despite Gov. Jerry Brown's renewed commitment to build a judiciary that reflects California's diverse communities, California's 1,655 sitting judges remain 70 percent white as of the end of 2014 - nearly unchanged since 2007, when the state began tracking the demographic data. Article Published: April 29, 2015 0C3CBE9A65D14465BB96096AA4D77BA7 State high court readies answer for ‘rule of reason’ question Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:50:00 GMT (Subscription required) Is antitrust law's "rule of reason" doctrine so unruly it's about to be reined in? The state Supreme Court is set to supply an answer by the end of May. Article Published: April 29, 2015 84CC1B6C74844FC5BD3E068102E99E1A Q&A: Justice Cuéllar describes rise to California Supreme Court Wed, 29 Apr 2015 11:48:00 GMT California’s newest Supreme Court justice, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, will visit Sacramento on Wednesday to participate in an evening forum with 250 prominent Latinos in the auditorium of the secretary of state’s building, 1500 11th St. The event is already full. Article Published: April 28, 2015 EF00111C2D934939970209358288915F ‘Millennia’ of Marriage Being Between Man and Woman Weigh on Justices Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:53:00 GMT For thousands of years, in societies around the globe, marriage has meant the union of a man and a woman. “And suddenly,” said Justice Stephen G. Breyer, “you want nine people outside the ballot box” to change that by judicial fiat. Article Published: April 28, 2015 3EDA82E7C55F4666B1299A030F4EA658 After 13 years on death row, Redding man’s sentence overturned; guilty verdict stays Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:32:00 GMT After nearly 13 years on death row, a Redding man’s sentence was overturned Monday by the California Supreme Court, which ruled that he was improperly barred from calling an expert witness. Article Published: April 28, 2015 6F5F70B7110A4EEB99216F24CF3FAD66 Judicial Profile: L. Brooks Anderholt Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:24:00 GMT (Subscription required) During 26 years of practice, L. Brooks Anderholt found it aggravating to appear before a judge who hadn't prepared, especially if he lost. Now, as a judge on the Imperial County Superior Court, he'll use his lunch hour or evenings to read cases and papers, winning high praise from attorneys, even those who have lost. Article Published: April 28, 2015 293966ED5358418D846048C10A29B516 State to fund Nevada County Courthouse feasibility study Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:27:00 GMT Officials with the state Judicial Council, a policy-making board for the California court system, confirmed Monday that a contract has been signed with Ross Drulis Cusenberry Architecture to fund and conduct a feasibility study on Nevada County’s Superior Courthouse building. Article Published: April 27, 2015 3BBAF3DCBBB041C68640DEFD5CFFB9EF Beleaguered Internet cafes take case to state Supreme Court Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:20:00 GMT The California Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m. May 6 in an appeal of two appellate court rulings that illegalized Internet cafes last year. Article Published: April 27, 2015 43735DAAABE24F8C953544FBDE1F843E Criminal justice, sentencing reforms gain traction Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:17:00 GMT For decades, Californians and their representatives in the state Capitol had a “lock-‘em-up-and-throw-away-the-key” approach to lawbreakers. But that view is changing. Article Published: April 27, 2015 788ADF7741294F9FBFAC51526BE3179A Chief: Recession spurred court innovations Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:38:00 GMT The state’s judicial branch has been innovative in the face of drastic budget cuts brought on by the recession and continues to look for ways to improve its operations, California’s chief justice told legislators last month. Article Published: April 27, 2015 157C4CFCE7D442BD81574445FE93377F Evergreen Wins Top State Civic Learning Award Fri, 1 May 2015 10:58:00 GMT Evergreen Elementary is the recipient of the 2015 Civic Learning Award of Excellence. Article Published: April 26, 2015 3C91E624FDBA468EB2FECC4F97DA9A6D Construction on Main Street continues Thu, 30 Apr 2015 11:14:00 GMT The construction on Main Street is continuing along as workers inch closer and closer to their completion date. Article Published: April 26, 2015 348C908B265E487B9E774C4A9F567993 New California Supreme Court surprises analysts early on Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:34:00 GMT When Gov. Jerry Brown's two latest nominees joined the California Supreme Court in January, legal analysts foresaw the creation of a more liberal majority. Article Published: April 26, 2015 1EC5B4B0FCE742E3822AF2777722C61D California high court to consider limits on regulators’ access to prescription database Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:31:00 GMT The case against Dr. Alwin Lewis started with a patient’s complaint about his unorthodox diet plan. But it landed at the California Supreme Court with a much broader issue at stake: Whether regulators should have unrestricted access to a state database detailing doctors’ prescribing practices. Article Published: April 26, 2015 F0F17A484DC04658877BA3785463DDBF Pat Brown Institute at Cal State L.A. celebrates social justice at annual awards gala Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:29:00 GMT The Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State L.A held its 34th annual awards dinner Thursday night to celebrate social justice and recognize five honorees for their civic engagement efforts. Article Published: April 24, 2015 670B815600CA4EDC89DC75739A3A689C Judges can't defend colleague under attack over ruling Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:57:00 GMT (Subscription required) An Orange County judge's decision three weeks ago to reduce the sentence of a convicted child molester provoked outrage in the county and the nation, including demands in social media, the press and the halls of government for the judge to resign or be recalled. Article Published: April 24, 2015 09A032D1DBE041A58AC1F7521BDE04DD Judicial Profile: Harvey Silberman Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:54:00 GMT (Subscription required) Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Harvey Silberman is passionate about family law, especially his opportunity to impact the lives of children. That's the reason he's had no desire to change assignments in his 11 years on the bench. Article Published: April 24, 2015 291C43E409424A33AB4008E6235713D0 The state's top judicial official honored El Camino Creek Elementary on Thursday Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:59:00 GMT When El Camino Creek Elementary School in Encinitas was honored by the state Thursday it wasn’t with a simple computer-printed certificate — those dime-a-dozen awards are passed out for accomplishments like perfect attendance or good citizenship. Article Published: April 23, 2015 C001104B708E46D9A0FB78E4A1A82AF6 Changes ahead for juvenile sentencing Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:41:00 GMT (Subscription required) Allen G. Weinberg, who represents prisoners sentenced as juveniles in two cases, hopes the ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court — barring mandatory sentences of life without parole for minors — will be retroactively applied to other matters. Article Published: April 23, 2015 F6FB5B78C5204D01B8D01E0D5381A34D Judicial Profile: Bruce A. Young Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:34:00 GMT (Subscription required) Ventura County Judge Bruce A. Young is relaxed, calm and controlled in the courtroom, even makes a joke once in a while. And yet, some cases keep him awake at night. Article Published: April 23, 2015 187AFE785A8A4A55AA7F2127CD128DBC State high court passes up chance to go easier on sex offenders Thu, 23 Apr 2015 11:37:00 GMT A divided state Supreme Court voted Wednesday to leave intact a ruling requiring lifetime registration for certain non-forcible sex offenders, an issue that split Gov. Jerry Brown’s two most recent appointees. Article Published: April 22, 2015 2DB9AA2F00FB46A88738D1DB3FB2025E Old Judge, New Bench Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:26:00 GMT It’s late March, and it’s only Nash’s fourth week as a sitting judge in the Juvenile Court. But in this court system, Nash is a vet. He was the presiding judge of Los Angeles County’s juvenile court system for almost 30 years before retiring on January 15. Article Published: April 22, 2015 7F359D05138349208E31B8605466956C Why Are We Teaching Democracy Like a Game Show? Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:06:00 GMT Suppose a legislature passed a law that made it a graduation requirement to know the name of the town in which Shakespeare was born. Article Published: April 22, 2015 1834CB543EC34E289E1A08B19530F70B Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Bill to Fund New Judgeships Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:43:00 GMT A bill that would fund 10 new superior court judgeships, including one in Los Angeles County, as well as a Fourth District Court of Appeal post, was unanimously approved yesterday by the state Senate Judiciary Committee. Article Published: April 22, 2015 C092AB70264B45B6AF42078A08D6CD9D Bills move forward to curb overuse of psychiatric medications in California foster care Wed, 22 Apr 2015 11:40:00 GMT Following powerful testimony by former foster youth, a package of reform bills designed to rein in the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in California's child welfare system met unanimous approval in the state Senate on Tuesday -- the first step in a series of legislative moves ahead. Article Published: April 21, 2015 71F5818517D84DADA4748C03A88471A6 Synchronizing Youth Programs in California Shows Signs of Success Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:53:00 GMT At 8 years old, Marco had spent most of his life in the child welfare system. When an uncle took him in, to the first stable family environment he’d ever known, the boy finally began to thrive. Article Published: April 21, 2015 1C6AC8191A87419E9495328C331C00C7 Judicial Profile: John C. Gastelum Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:25:00 GMT (Subscription required) As a former lead research attorney for many years with the 4th District Court of Appeal in Orange County, John C. Gastelum understands how important it is to make a good record now that he is an Orange County Superior Court judge. Article Published: April 21, 2015 AAF53A00E20A48E8AFC91EFF6409C0DF Appeals court rejects higher water rates for big users Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:34:00 GMT A state appeals court dealt a potentially serious blow Monday to local governments’ attempts to encourage water conservation in drought-parched California, ruling that they cannot charge higher rates to big users simply because those customers guzzle more water. Article Published: April 20, 2015 01B6A9654A394C758EC9D7A73537709E Painful budget choices for state judiciary Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:19:00 GMT (Subscription required) Difficult financial decisions confronting the state judiciary came into sharp relief Friday at the Judicial Council's meeting in San Francisco as evidenced by moves to cut a court improvement fund and significantly alter dependency court funding models. Article Published: April 20, 2015 CF8FEF356ED8436696794E4163743B8E Panel reverses murder conviction, cites judicial misconduct Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:16:00 GMT (Subscription required) A state appellate court has reversed a mother's 50 year-to-life sentence for second-degree murder in the death of her newborn after finding that the trial court judge improperly withheld evidence, disparaged the defense's expert witness and bolstered the prosecution in the jury's presence. Article Published: April 20, 2015 213BE249AE0347F08D6D48EAF3CED682 Judicial Profile: Tari L. Cody Mon, 20 Apr 2015 10:13:00 GMT (Subscription required) When Judge Tari L. Cody was in private practice she would hit the road for hearings in Los Angeles an hour early to be sure she wasn't late. "I got a flat tire one time. I had to change it. I still got there on time," she said. Article Published: April 20, 2015 2CD1C7E4CA7743378C0AE6ADE7F4981A