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Ethics panel still not inspiring confidence

More than 15 months on, and we finally have a county Ethics Commission — sort of. Last week, the Board of Supervisors approved the third member, Todd Spitzer’s nominee, retired Superior Court Judge Barbara Tam Nomoto-Schumann. The five-person commission now has the quorum required to hold its first meeting, as reported by Voice of OC. […]

Retired barber gets life in prison for murder of Newport Beach urologist

A 79-year-old retired barber was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 10 years, without the possibility of parole, for fatally shooting a urologist inside the doctor’s Newport Beach office in 2013. An Orange County Superior Court jury on Aug. 21 found Stanwood Elkus guilty of first-degree murder...

Retired barber gets life in prison for murder of Newport Beach urologist

A 79-year-old retired barber was sentenced Friday to life in prison, plus 10 years, without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting a urologist inside the doctor’s Newport Beach office in 2013. An Orange County Superior Court jury on Aug. 21 had swiftly found Stanwood Elkus of Lake Elsinore...

Costa Mesa man, 50, sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for sex with 4-year-old relative

SANTA ANA – A 50-year-old Costa Mesa man was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on Friday for having sexual intercourse and committing lewd acts on a 4-year-old relative. An Orange County Superior Court jury on June 29 found Ricardo Interiano-Rivas guilty of multiple felony counts of sexual intercourse with a child under […]

Former police officer gets jail term in sexual conduct case

A former Salt River Police Department officer has been sentenced to six months in jail for unlawful sexual conduct involving a woman in his custody. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge … Click to Continue »

Ghost Ship victims’ suit against PG&E allowed to continue

Families of victims in the lethal Ghost Ship fire can sue Pacific Gas and Electric Co. for allegedly failing to monitor or shut down dangerous electric facilities in the Oakland warehouse, a Superior Court judge has ruled. Thirty-six...Show More Summary

Judge Blocks Burien's Sanctuary Repeal Measure From Going to the Ballot

6 days agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Pro-immigrant groups declared victory. by Steven Hsieh Victory. RYAN T. BELL Burien residents won’t vote in November on repealing the city’s sanctuary law after all. A superior court judge on Thursday blocked King County election officials...Show More Summary

Court interpreters near end of labor dispute with tentative contract

A courtroom interpreters’ union and Superior Court officials in 12 Northern California counties reached a tentative wage agreement Wednesday in a year-long contract dispute that has led to a series of one-day walkouts. The agreementShow More Summary

Judge denies release of recorded interviews with Manson cult member

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied the release of hours of recorded interviews with one of the convicted killers in Charles Manson’s cult. The taped conversations between Charles “Tex” Watson and his late attorney were made in 1969 — shortly after Watson and other Manson acolytes were...

NRA Files Lawsuit Over Assault Rifles in CA, Again

A recent lawsuit filed in the Fresno Superior Court by the National Rifle Association challenges the actual registration requirements for California assault rifle owners. The lawsuit attacks the requirements enacted by the state's department of justice in response to the legislation passed last year. Along with the other NRA......

Farmworker union dues seized to pay off UFW lawsuit

Union dues from hundreds of farmworkers will be diverted to pay off a $1.2-million judgment against the United Farm Workers over the union’s treatment of its organizers. Monterey Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Wills on Friday ordered UFW dues that are deducted from paychecks at four companies,...

Farmworker union dues seized to pay off UFW lawsuit

Union dues from hundreds of farmworkers will be diverted to pay off a $1.2-million judgment against the United Farm Workers over the union’s treatment of its organizers. Monterey Superior Court Judge Thomas W. Wills on Friday ordered UFW dues that are deducted from paychecks at four companies,...

Burien Residents, Immigrant Rights Activists Win Temporary Restraining Order Against Sanctuary Repeal

by Sydney Brownstone If another judge upholds this decision on Wednesday, the sanctuary city repeal won't make it to the November ballot. Ryan T. Bell A King County Superior Court commissioner on Monday temporarily halted an initiative repealing Burien's sanctuary city ordinance from progressing to the November ballot. Show More Summary

Battle Lines! Mel B And Stephen Belafonte Face Off In Court

Mel B And Stephen Belafonte came face to face in court today – but they avoided eye contact. The feuding couple were at Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday afternoon for a hearing as part of their bitter sex fueled divorce case. Belafonte, 42, arrived late and was spotted fidgeting nervously inside the courtroom after Read More

Final defendant convicted in massive Orange County Superior Court case-fixing scheme

SANTA ANA – A Ladera Ranch man has been found guilty of felony charges for participating in a scheme in which 1,000-plus misdemeanor criminal cases and traffic violations in all were fixed in exchange for bribe money in Orange County Superior Court. He was accused of providing information on 15 traffic infractions and at least […]

San Bernardino man sentenced to 23 years for trafficking 13-year-old girl for sex in Orange County

SANTA ANA – A 31-year-old San Bernardino man was sentenced to 23 years to life in prison on Friday for sex trafficking a 13-year-old girl in Orange County areas known for prostitution. An Orange County Superior Court jury in August convicted John Wayne Calhoun of multiple felony counts including lewd acts on a child under […]

Pennsylvania Superior Court Addresses Several Notable Trial Evidentiary Issues

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Tort Talk

In the case of Crespo v. Hughes, 2017 Pa. Super. 230 (Pa. Super. July 18, 2017 Ransom, Penella, Shogan, J.J.) (Op. by Ransom, J.), the Pennsylvania Superior Court addressed several civil litigation trial issues. In this decision, the...Show More Summary

Step-Daddy Duties: Stephen Belafonte Files For Visitation Rights For Mel B’s Kid With Eddie Muphy

Stephen Belafonte Needs Visitation Of Step-Daughter In Divorce Stephen Belafonte filed paperwork in Los Angeles County Superior Court amid his divorce war with the Mel B. Belafonte claims he’s the de facto dad to Mel B’s daughter with Eddie

Jury convicts man for fatal shooting of Yakima woman

A 38-year-old man has been convicted in the fatal shooting of a Yakima woman last year. A Yakima County Superior Court jury took about two hours to find Ricardo Ochoa … Click to Continue »

Convicted murderers turning to Dekraai case for second chance

For several convicted killers, the horrific case of Seal Beach mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai is a potential legal gift. Last month, a Superior Court ruled that Dekraai — who admitted to killing eight people at a hair salon in 2011 — should not receive the death penalty because of misconduct on the part of […]

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