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ERA? Not Merely Symbolic

This may come as a surprise, but women in our country are not guaranteed equal rights under our Constitution. It's as simple as that. Just ask Supreme Court Justice,Antonin Scalia. He confirmed this fact by saying to the California Lawyer in 2011 that "Certainly the Constitution does not require discrimination on the basis of sex. Show More Summary

DUI Can Be Established With Circumstantial Evidence: Cal. Sup. Ct.

Can a court use circumstantial evidence, along with blood and breath tests, to conclude that a driver was above the legal limit for alcohol intoxication? That's the question the California Supreme Court answered earlier this month, and it answered in the affirmative after Ashley Coffey challenged her driver's license suspension......

Legal Marijuana In All 50 States Denied: ‘Now Is Not The Time’ — What About Later?

Sad news has emerged for legal marijuana advocates. On April 15, a judge in Northern California decided to rule against a court case that would inevitably lead to a chance for the Supreme Court to make nationwide legal marijuana in all 50 states a possibility. Show More Summary

WHEN LOVE ISN’T FREE:  An organization representing prostitutes in California (yes, you read that r…

WHEN LOVE ISN’T FREE:  An organization representing prostitutes in California (yes, you read that right) has filed a lawsuit in a federal district court in San Francisco, arguing that the Supreme Court’s substantive due process “liberty” decisions–which protect the right of consenting adults to engage in sex in private–also protect the right of consenting adults […]

LAUSD officials must revise how space is allotted to charter schools

The California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday that the Los Angeles school district's method for allocating space to charter schools violates state education law.

Court Website Madness Tournament: Final Four and Championship

It's down to the Final Four: Pennsylvania Supreme Court in the East, Federal Circuit in the South, Indiana Supreme Court in the Midwest, and California Supreme Court in the West. Who will take home the coveted... bragging rights?......

No, Norton Simon, You Can’t Avoid Dealing With The Issue Of Looted Art

The California Supreme Court “chastened the museum in its ruling, stating ‘that there is nothing unfair about affording plaintiff an opportunity to pursue the merits of her claims against Norton Simon… Museums are sophisticated entities that are well-equipped to trace the provenance of the fine art that they purchase.'”

U.S. Supreme Court decision could curtail Medi-Cal lawsuits

During California's budget crisis, attempts to cut costs by reducing public services often became tied up in litigation. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court significantly curtailed that legal avenue for advocates protesting spending cuts.

From antiwar armbands to American flag shirts

2 weeks agoHealth : Booster Shots

This week the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the appeal of some California high school students who were ordered to remove or hide shirts showing the American flag.

Supreme Court bars judges from setting Medicaid rates

The Supreme Court barred doctors, dentists and druggists Tuesday from going to court to fight cutbacks in Medicaid payments in California and other states.

Supreme Court rejects appeal in California case involving students wearing US flag clothing

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

In a move sure to anger some on the political right, the Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal to a 9th Circuit court’s ruling that school administrators in Morgan Hill, California, did not violate three students’ constitutional rights by telling them to remove clothing...

High court lets stand school's ban on U.S. flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

The Supreme Court rejected a free-speech appeal Monday from several California high school students who were told they could not wear a shirt emblazoned with an American flag on the Cinco de Mayo holiday.

Supreme Court may hear case on school barring American flag shirts on Cinco de Mayo

A California school dispute that arose when students wore shirts emblazoned with the American flag on Cinco de Mayo could prompt the Supreme Court to take a new look at free-speech rules for high schools.

Supreme Court ruling puts state regulatory boards in crosshairs

Want to get paid for shampooing someone's hair? In California, you may need to have at least nine months of experience and pass a licensing test overseen by the state barbering and cosmetology board, whose members include salon professionals.

Mike's Blog Round Up

SCOTUSblog: How broad are the implications of the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Alabama redistricting case? Lawyers, Guns and Money: Who knew “GOP” stands for “Grifters on Parade?” Kevin Drum: What is the California Miracle? Plunderbund:...Show More Summary

In Miss., Anonymous Tip Isn't Enough for a DUI Stop

Last year, in Navarette v. California, the U.S. Supreme Court said that an anonymous tip alleging drunk driving was sufficient to create reasonable suspicion for a traffic stop of the car described. Mississippi doesn't seem so sure. The state's supreme court deviated from Navarette earlier this month when it held......

Students Ordered to Remove Flag Shirts Ask High Court to Hear Their Case

The Supreme Court is deciding whether to review a ruling against a group of white high school students from California who sued their school for making them remove their American flag shirts on a day when many classmates were celebrating their Mexican heritage.

Challengers to prison solitary gain support from Justice Kennedy

3 weeks agoNews / Crime : SFGate: Crime

Inmates challenging lengthy solitary confinement in California prisons, a case scheduled to go to trial in Oakland this December, gained some high-placed moral support Monday from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kennedy, who sometimes uses public forums to hold forth on injustices he sees in the U.S. penal system, did just that in testimony to

First Chinese Lawyer In America Finally Granted Law License 125 Years Later

The Supreme Court of California is finally recognizing a Chinese man who was denied admission to the California State Bar in 1890 by posthumously granting him a law license – 125 years later. Hong Yen Chang died in 1926, but in his lifetime he accomplished much. Show More Summary

California high court agrees to reconsider 1993 murder case

A San Bernardino man convicted of murder in part because of discredited forensic evidence will have his case reviewed again by the California Supreme Court.

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