We’re interrupting our series with Steven Ertelt to give you an update on the Supreme Court case, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Notre Dame Law grad John Gerardi and Jonathan Keller from California Family Council explain the case and what happened during the oral arguments. Questions: Where are we in this case right now and […]
Per-pupil funding in California ranks near the very bottom of all states, and, unfortunately, this isn't likely to change anytime soon. Thanks to Proposition 13 -- which passed as a ballot initiative in 1978 -- when the state was flush...Show More Summary
California. This state, often derisively referred to as the "People's Republic of California," has a reputation as a wee-bit left-leaning. It might come as a surprise to some, then, that the state's high court is actually almost exclusively made up of Republican appointees, and is seen by many as a......
The Supreme Court of California has been dominated by Republican appointees for three decades, but another likely term for Govornor Jerry Brown may well turn the tide. The Govornor currently has only one Democratic appointment pending, but three more may be on the horizon. Show More Summary
A 5-year-old legal odyssey heads to the California Supreme Court in Los Angeles today.
Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on. There’s a Twitter campaign to force Eich to step down. Show More Summary
A California case from the 1980s reveal what's at stake in the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court...
Erwin Chemerinsky, the liberal (are there any who aren’t?) dean of University of California at Irvine’s law school, recently wrote to tell Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg her days are numbered so she should get off the court before she dies. No, really, he did. He opines: “She turned 81 on Saturday and by all […]
It may not be the Crosby Estate—that monicker belongs to a supremely opulent 40-room French chateau in the San Francisco suburbs, in which Bing Crosby's widow, Kathryn, still resides—but this English country...
The New Black PROMISED LAND FILM The black voters who turned out for Barack Obama in November 2008 also have been blamed for nudging California's gay-marriage ban—since nullified by the Supreme Court—to victory. To explore changing black...Show More Summary
The U.S. Supreme Court recently delivered an opinion in Fernandez v. California, where it held that Georgia v. Randolph -- which holds that one co-tenant's consent to search does not override another co-tenants refusal to consent to search -- does not apply when the occupant objecting to the search has......
This week California is making headlines with laws -- enacted and proposed -- that affect gun rights, and the rights of juveniles. A Sunnyvale municipal law banning large-capacity magazines reaches the highest court of the land, while another proposed law would require juveniles to be tried as adults. Sunnyvale's Controversial......
If, as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis wrote, the states are laboratories of democracy, then California has been a kind of Nobel-prize team, cranking out initiatives that change the way we look at culture, politics and crime, and sending them out for the rest of the country to sample.
Second Amendment advocates hoping for promising news from the U.S. Supreme Court will have to wait a little longer. Last night Justice Anthony Kennedy denied an emergency motion from a group of California gun owners seeking o block the implementation of their city’s ban on high-capacity magazines. At issue in the case of Fyock v. Show More Summary
A California comsumer attorney says she plans to run against San Diego County Clerk Ernie Dronenburg, who last year asked the California Supreme Court to halt same-sex marriages and consider whether the Supreme Court's Prop 8 ruling applied only to...
Does the Second Amendment protect the right of gun owners to possess magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition? A group of California gun owners says it does, and today they asked Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to block...Show More Summary
Before the Supreme Court last year invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and allowed same-sex marriage to resume in California, attention focused on a comment made in 2012 by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg about the impact of Roe v. Wade. Ginsburg said that while the 1973 ruling guaranteeing a constitutional right to abortion was […]
A remote controlled stun device has been found to alter the demeanor and capacity to communicate of defendants in open court. But a California Supreme Court rejected those concerns in upholding a death sentence this week. The post How U.S. Law Enforcement Uses 50,000 Volts Of Electricity To Keep Defendants In Line appeared first on ThinkProgress.
It’s been a banner week for law enforcement at the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday, in the case of Fernandez v. California, he Court broadened the power of the police to conduct warrantless home searches. But it was a decision handedShow More Summary
In a new episode of Political Wire's podcast, we spoke to election law expert Rick Hasen, a professor at the University of California, Irvine, about campaign finance, the ongoing voting law wars, and the potentially major political implications of a pending campaign-finance court case.Here are five takeaways from the conversation:1. Show More Summary