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March 31, 2002 |
Opera Pacific presaged its next production, "Dead Man Walking," with a sober symposium on the death penalty Saturday at the Irvine Barclay Theatre on the UC Irvine campus. About 250 people, mostly Opera Pacific subscribers, attended the event sponsored by the Santa Ana-based opera house and the University of California Bren Fellows Program. The piece, based on the Pulitzer-nominated book by Sister Helen Prejean, tells of a death row inmate's journey to redemption before being executed.
April 8, 2000 |
In a bitingly worded dissent, four federal appeals court judges Friday decried the state's refusal to allow convicted killer Darrell Keith Rich to participate in a Native American sweat lodge ceremony before his execution last month. Rich's lawyers were turned down by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco and the U.S.
October 30, 2008 |
A federal appeals panel Wednesday considered whether California could ban the sale of violent video games to minors. The three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held a rare hearing in Sacramento to take arguments over a 2005 state law. It prohibits the sale or rental of violent video games to anyone under 18 and requires that such games be clearly labeled.
September 13, 1994 |
Newly named independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr on Monday announced his first appointments to fill out his Whitewater prosecution team and begin the transition from outgoing prosecutor Robert B. Fiske Jr. Starr, a Republican who has been characterized as overly partisan by supporters of President Clinton, named two attorneys as his top deputies, including one holdover from Fiske's team.
August 5, 1992 |
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has been a trailblazer on issues of sex discrimination and harassment. But a new study paints a less favorable picture for women in the federal courts of the nine states that make up the circuit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2009 |
Federal courts in California and eight other Western states will allow video camera coverage of civil proceedings in an experiment aimed at increasing public understanding of the work of the courts, the chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Thursday. The decision by the court's judicial council, headed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, is in response to recommendations made to the court two years ago and ends a 1996 ban on the taking of photographs or transmitting of radio or video broadcasts.
August 27, 2009 |
The federal government illegally seized confidential drug test results of dozens of Major League Baseball players and must now return the records, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. "This was an obvious case of deliberate overreaching by the government in an effort to seize data" it was not entitled to have, Judge Alex Kozinski wrote for an 11-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. During an investigation of illegal steroid sales by the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a private lab in Northern California known as BALCO, the government sought the results of confidential drug tests of 10 players, including former San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds.
October 22, 2002 |
WASHINGTON -- A former California gang member has a free-speech right to teach an Arizona group how to set up its own street gang, under a ruling the Supreme Court let stand Monday. The justices turned away an appeal from Arizona prosecutors who sought to revive a 15-year prison term given the former gang leader.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced Monday that this month it will become the first federal appeals court in the country to use its technology to provide live video coverage of hearings on major cases. “The 9th Circuit has a long history of using advances in technology to make the court more accessible and transparent,” Chief Judge Alex Kozinski said. “Video streaming is a way to open the court's doors even wider so that more people can see and hear what transpires in the courtroom, particularly in regard to some of our most important cases.” The court has permitted the news media to broadcast live coverage in some cases in the past, but under the new policy, all en banc hearings will be live streamed on the court's website . Most cases are decided by three-judge panels.