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Supreme Court hears arguments over rules for deporting immigrants who have criminal records

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear the case of a Filipino burglar from Northern California to decide whether to make it easier or harder for the government to deport thousands of noncitizens who have crimes on their records.  The case will help set the rules for deporting criminal immigrants in...

Few Asian Americans Reach Top Law Positions, Study Finds

5 days agoNews : Huffington Post

Asian Americans are the largest minority group at major law firms, yet few reach top positions, according to a recent study conducted by a California Supreme Court justice and Yale University law students. Asian Americans make up 5.6 percent of the population and an even bigger percentage of law school student bodies. Show More Summary

Many Asian American attorneys, yet few are judges, study finds

When Goodwin Liu joined the seven-member California Supreme Court in 2011, he became its fourth sitting member of Asian descent. The number is remarkable. The other state supreme courts in the U.S. combined have a handful of Asian American justices. And Asian American representation on other state...

Supreme Court May Decide if California Can Force Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortion

A court decision upholding California’s so-called “Reproductive FACT Act” could be on its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, after Pacific Justice Institute filed a request for the court to review the 2015 state law. First reported by One News Now, Pacific Justice Institute filed its motion Jan. 5, challenging a ruling from the 9th […]

Supreme Court to weigh securities class action timing question

last weekNews : The Raw Story

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to resolve a legal dispute over whether certain securities class action lawsuits can be barred because they were filed too late. The justices agreed to hear an appeal filed by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System seeking to revive a...

Pro-lifers urge Supreme Court to overturn California law forcing pregnancy centers to facilitate abortion

The law would require pro-life pregnancy help medical clinics in California to post signage notifying their patients where and how they can receive state taxpayer-funded abortions.

CALIFORNIA: Anti-LGBT Christian Hate Group Petitions SCOTUS To Overturn State Ban On Ex-Gay Torture

last weekLGBT / Gay : Joe. My. God.

Via World Net Daily: The U.S. Supreme Court has been handed a bombshell: An appeal of a lower-court ruling that banned Christian counselors from talking with teens about the biblical standard for sexuality. The case challenges laws that...Show More Summary

California's Execution Speed-Up Law Goes to State's Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court is considering briefs on whether to uphold a voter-approved law to speed up death penalty cases. Approved by voters in November 2016, Prop. 66 authorizes more lawyers to take death penalty cases and sets a five-year timeline for appeals. Opponents sued to invalidate the measure,......

The legal blunder that gave us Manson 'family' parole hearings

To the editor: When the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972 on constitutional grounds, it committed the colossal — and to this day unexplained — blunder of commuting all death sentences to life with possibility of parole. (“Why members of the Manson family still don't...

Justices appear to find Newport Beach's review of Banning Ranch development lacking

The California Supreme Court appeared skeptical Wednesday that Newport Beach officials had reviewed the proposed Banning Ranch development adequately before approving it. During a hearing, the justices considered whether the city had obeyed environmental law when it OKd the large commercial and...

Massive Orange County coastal development goes before California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday in San Francisco on a preservation group's lawsuit challenging the Newport Beach City Council's approval of a proposed development at Banning Ranch. The Banning Ranch Conservancy, which seeks to preserve the sprawling coastal...

For the Record

Legal bills: In the Dec. 30 California section, an article about a state Supreme Court decision that a government agency’s legal bills are generally public record said the case was brought by the ACLU of Southern California. Eric Preven, an advocate for transparency in local government, was a co-plaintiff....

The California Supreme Court’s Top Environmental Law Decisions of 2016

While 2016 was a quiet year for the U.S. Supreme Court when it came to environmental law, the same cannot be said for the California Supreme Court.  To the contrary, 2016 continued a pronounced and significant trend by the California Supreme Court justices in recent years to hear and decide numerous important environmental law issues […]

California's top court says public may see government's legal bills

A government agency’s legal bills for a case that has been resolved are generally public record, a divided California Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The 4-3 decision reflected tensions between California laws that give the public broad access to government information and historic legal protections...

On-Duty and On-Call Rest Periods Illegal, Cal Supreme Court Rules

When is a rest period not a rest period? When you're kept working or on call the whole time, the California Supreme Court recently ruled. In a case decided last Thursday, the court ruled that California law prohibits rest periods and breaks where an employee remains on duty or......

CA Supreme Court Rejects Manson Follower Leslie Van Houten's Petition for Parole

The California Supreme Court has rejected a petition to release Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted in the infamous Manson murders half a century ago. Van Houten, 67, was a follower of Charles Manson in the 1969 slaughter of seven people in the Los Angeles area. She participated in......

CA Supreme Court Slows Down Speedy Death Law

The California Supreme Court has stayed a voter-approved measure to speed up death penalty cases, giving opponents time to press their case through the court Prop. 66, which was certified for implementation last week, authorizes more lawyers to take death penalty cases and sets a five-year timeline for appeals.......

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Nine years later, state wins key verdict over tribal payday lenders

A decade after California financial regulators first went after a pair of online payday lenders with ties to Native American tribes, the California Supreme Court on Thursday handed the state a victory, ruling that case against the lenders can proceed. At issue is whether the lenders, doing business...

Workers can't be on call during rest breaks, California's high court rules

Employers in California can't keep their workers on call during short rest breaks and must give up any control over how they spend that time, the state Supreme Court said Thursday in a case that pitted labor activists against business groups. The ruling came in a lawsuit by security guards for...

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