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Seven Times the Supreme Court Got Its Facts Wrong

In 2007, a group of California Institute of Technology scientists working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory filed suit against the venerated space agency. Many of the scientists had worked on NASA missions and research for years as outside employees. As part of efforts to tighten security measures after 9/11, in 2004 NASA started requiring outside […]

California Supreme Court: Boy hurt by fallen tree can sue San Mateo County

The state Supreme Court has cleared the way for a 12-year-old boy, who was nearly killed when a 72-foot tree fell on his tent at a San Mateo County park, to sue the county for road-building and construction activities that allegedlyShow More Summary

State Supreme Court to decide if L.A. County sheriff can give names of problem deputies to prosecutors

The debate over a secret list of 300 Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies with histories of dishonesty or other similar misconduct is now before the California Supreme Court. In an order filed Wednesday, the court said it would consider an appeal made by Sheriff Jim McDonnell in his attempt to...

Political Road Map: How California went from worst to first in drawing fair political maps

As the U.S. Supreme Court considers its role in forcing states to draw fair political maps, Californians know well how the process can be manipulated. They saw it happen over and over again, for decades. But an argument can be made that California rocketed from worst to first in making redistricting...

20 Of 21 California Law School Deans Urge Supreme Court To Lower Bar Exam Cut Score On Interim Basis Pending Further Study

Letter from Deans of 20 of the 21 ABA-Accredited California Law Schools to the Supreme Court of California (Oct. 2, 2017): [W]e seek here to highlight what we believe are the key points for the Court's consideration, as well as to ask the Court for specific relief. We have organized...

Surrogate Mom Who Refused to Abort Triplets Sues for Custody, Supreme Court Rejects Her Case

Melissa Cook, the California surrogate mom who refused to abort her unborn triplets, will not get the chance to argue her case before the U.S. Supreme Court despite allegations of neglect by the biological father. Cook sued the triplets’ biological father, Chester Moore Jr., after he demanded that she abort one of them and then […]

Arnold Schwarzenegger at SCOTUS for gerrymandering case

Hey, isn’t that.?.?. former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, joining the throngs at the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning as the justices consider a major case on gerrymandering? The former action-movie star, who arrived amid protests on the court steps, wants to terminate (sorry) partisan drawing of voting districts — an issue he has made his post-gubernatorial […]

Arizona Supreme Court rules parentage law applies to same-sex couples

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a state law presuming a mother’s spouse is her child’s parent applies equally to same-sex couples. Kimberly and Suzan McLaughlin legally married in California in 2008 and in 2010 Kimberly became pregnant through an anonymous sperm donor. During the pregnancy, they moved to Arizona and signed a legal […]

Quackademic medicine now reigns supreme at UC-Irvine

Yesterday, the University of California, Irvine announced that Susan and Henry Samueli had donated $200 million to establish integrative medicine quackery there. Is this the shape of medicine to come?

State Bar Releases California Bar Exam Cut Score Study

The California State Bar has released Report to the Supreme Court of the State of California: Final Report on the 2017 California Bar Exam Standard Setting Study: The report, which identifies options for a statistically reliable CBX cut score, includes findings from the Standard Setting Study, the second of four...

California Accredited Law Schools Support Reducing Bar Exam Cut Score

TaxProf Blog op-ed: The California Supreme Court Should Lower The Bar Exam Cut Score, by Mitch Winick (President & Dean, Monterey College of Law): The California Accredited Law Schools filed the attached letter brief with the California Supreme Court in support of an adjustment of the minimum passing score on...

Opponents try new tactic to fight death penalty in California

Opponents of a voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to reconsider its ruling upholding the law. The high court’s decision unconstitutionally delegated power to the judicial branch and failed to consider whether the measure could survive...

California high court is asked to rethink execution measure

Opponents of a voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California asked the state Supreme Court on Friday to reconsider its ruling upholding the law. The high court's decision unconstitutionally … Click to Continue »

California court asked to reconsider death penalty ruling

Opponents of a voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling upholding the law. In a court filing on Friday, … Click to Continue »

California Bar Trustees Vote 6-5 To Give Supreme Court 3 Bar Exam Cut Score Options: Keep It 144, Lower To 141.4 Or 139

ABA Journal, California Bar Board of Trustees Sends State Supreme Court Three Options For Bar Exam Cut Score: Rather than suggest to the California Supreme Court that it should or shouldn’t lower its bar exam cut score, which is currently 1440, the State Bar of California's Board of Trustees voted...

Prop. 66 could turn out to slow death penalty cases

The California Supreme Court has upheld most of Proposition 66, the initiative to speed up the death penalty, but in doing so may have made an even more tangled mess of it. Associate Justice Carol Corrigan, writing for the majority, said voters were presented with ballot materials promising a five-year time limit on death penalty […]

California's Top Court Says Cops Have To Hand Over Automatic Plate Reader Records

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The EFF and ACLU have achieved a victory in an acronym-heavy public records case. The California Supreme Court has ruled the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department (LASD) will have to turn over data...Show More Summary

This Supreme Court ruling imperils every California taxpayer

Earlier this week the California Supreme Court issued a stunning decision which imperils every California taxpayer. At issue is whether taxes proposed by special interests using the local initiative process have to comply with taxpayer protections set forth in Proposition 218, the Right to Vote on Taxes Act, a Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association sponsored statewide […]

California Bar Examiners Recommend Keeping Bar Exam Cut Score At 144, The Second Highest In The Nation

Courthouse News, Bar Examiners Recommend No Change to California Standards: The California State Bar’s committee of bar examiners voted Thursday to recommend that the state Supreme Court keep the bar exam minimum passing score at 144. The committee voted 13-1, with one abstention, to maintain the status quo at least...

California Supreme Court decision could end secrecy over police capture of license plate images

The California Supreme Court decided Thursday that data from millions of vehicle license plate images collected by the Los Angeles police and sheriff’s departments are not confidential investigative records that can be kept from public disclosure. The unanimous opinion came as civil liberties groups...

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