Last week, the Center for Public Integrity released their grades for our nations' courts disclosures. And despite a recusal oversight and a "C" grade, California beat out all of the other states at the top of the rankings (though one spot below the Federal courts). In other news, Governor Jerry......
In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a Maryland law allowing law enforcement to take DNA samples from all those arrested of "serious crimes like murder, rape, assault, burglary and other crimes of violence." But is such a practice constitutional when it applies not just to "serious" or violent crimes, but to everyone arrested for every type of crime?
The Center for Public Integrity just released its findings of a study investigating state supreme court justices' financial disclosures. Tellingly, not one state received a grade A or B. The top scorer was California with a grade of C; for the states represented in the Third Circuit, the results were......
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An anti-nuclear weapons protester from California made little headway with the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday with arguments that he should not have been prosecuted for demonstrating at a U.S. military installation because he wa...
California Supreme Court Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar owns between $100,000 and $1 million worth of Wells Fargo stock. But despite the clear conflict of interest, she did not recuse herself from helping to refuse to hear an appeal of a case in which the bank was accused of predatory lending. Show More Summary
This may have been an interesting legal case, if it wasn't already all-but-decided by the California Supreme Court earlier this year. The City of Live Oak passed an ordinance in 2011 that banned all cultivation of marijuana, regardless of whether the grower was doing so for personal use, medicinal use,......
Some of our fab past Bellyitch Bumpwatch moms shone bright on the red carpet to last night's American Music Awards held at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles California. White, pastels and colored hair trends seemed to reign supreme as with experimenting with style symmetry and varying undiscovered or less celebrated designers. Show More Summary
This is the 3rd post in my series on cases pending before the US Supreme Court during the 2012-2013 session. If you haven’t checked out the ones from past weeks please take the time to do so. I also of course welcome feedback on these posts and the things I can do to improve them [...]
In Wednesday’s oral argument in Fernandez v. California, no party asked the Supreme Court to overturn Georgia v. Randolph. But the more I think about Fernandez, the more I think the issues in the case just point to the underlying problem with Randolph. Show More Summary
I was at the Supreme Court this morning for the oral argument in Fernandez v. California, the Fourth Amendment case on third-party consent that I blogged about last week. I have just a few minutes now and more time later, so I will offer...Show More Summary
Radical California has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject religious liberty in the running of a business in the birth control cases. From the San Francisco Chronicle story: As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to review the new federal health care law’s requirements for contraceptive insurance, California Attorney General Kamala Harris is urging the […]
Radical California has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject religious liberty in the running of a business in the birth control cases. From the San Francisco Chronicle story:As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to review the new federal...Show More Summary
A wave of lawsuits have been filed in courts around the nation since the Supreme Court in June overturned much of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s ban on same-sex marriage. The rulings effectively opened the floodgates to what has been a gradual push for marriage equality. Show More Summary
The gays haven’t had a great week like this since, well, June, when the Supreme Court legalized marriage equality in California and struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. A 15th gay-marriage state, two gay mayors, one coming out and one historic vote against employment discrimination all happened in the past five days. Monday On […]
UC Hastings professor Rory Little has written a response to my post on Fernandez v. California, the third-party consent case that the Supreme Court will be hearing next week. Professor Little asked if I would be interested in posting it, and I am happy to do so. Show More Summary
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Disgraced Journalist Stephen Glass, who fabricated dozens of articles for a publication may be fit to practice law. A number of California Supreme Court justices are skeptical about Glass being morally fit to practice. Glass applied to practice law in California having passed the state’s bar exam back in 2007. Show More Summary
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Stephen Glass, one of the most infamous fabricators in modern American journalism, faced a hostile California Supreme Court on Wednesday in his quest to demonstrate that he is a changed man with the moral fiber needed for admi...
Disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass will head to the California Supreme Court on Wednesday for the latest chapter of his six-year battle to practice law. Glass, who rocked the journalism world when he fabricated parts of at least...Show More Summary
San Jose Mercury News legal affairs writer Howard Mintz has a really good piece about the next chapter in Stephen Glass‘ long, bumpy road to full professional redemption. It’s happening Wednesday at California Supreme Court in San Francisco. Glass, for lack of a better analogy, is the Michael Vick of long-form journalism. Show More Summary