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March 2, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Lights, camera, action! It's time for some arbitration hardball. Attorneys representing four private schools and the CIF Southern Section will gather Tuesday and Wednesday to present their arguments as part of a binding arbitration hearing to determine whether Ventura St. Bonaventure, Westlake Village Oaks Christian, La Verne Damien and Glendora St. Lucy's will have to switch sports leagues in the fall. It's similar to one of those Major League Baseball arbitration hearings, in which the team and the player each submit a contract figure and the arbitrator chooses one. In this case, each school will present its arguments, the Southern Section will present its response and the arbitrator will make a decision within a week.
February 28, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
Does spending less money on state government stimulate the economy? That's a question raised in a Los Angeles Times story Friday about states that have not restored budget cuts made during the belt-tightening of the recession. The story focuses on Kansas, where general fund revenues have increased but spending is still down since 2008. Gov. Sam Brownback argues that income tax cuts, rather than spending, will stimulate the economy; local government leaders say that services have eroded so much that the state is becoming a less attractive place to live.
February 19, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
In a sensible world, the newest government study of the economic effects of raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would end the discussion. Here are the main points . See if you can guess which one has gotten the most headline play in the news. 1. Wages would rise for 16.5 million workers. 2. Income for families living below the poverty line would rise by a combined $5 billion, and by $12 billion for those earning less than three times the poverty level. 3. About 900,000 people would be moved out of poverty.
February 14, 2014
Re "When lawyers go bad," Opinion, Feb. 11 Yale law student Jane Chong needs to go back to class if she thinks that disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass should be granted a law license in California because current unethical members of the bar did equally bad or worse things. That's a losing argument in any court, whether legal or that of public opinion. Chong misses the salient reason for Glass' unacceptability. An attorney's ethics are challenged in nearly every case, whether in trying to set a criminal client free or in efforts to represent an alleged corporate wrongdoer.
February 11, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Whatever happened to following this sensible advice: “Just walk away”? It's so simple, so concise -- and in the case of Kim Pham, it could've saved her life. Pham is the young woman who died after a beating outside a Santa Ana nightclub last month. Two women, Vanesa Tapia Zavala, 25, and Candace Marie Brito, 27, have been charged with murder and have pleaded not guilty. What happened outside that nightclub on Jan. 18? Here's testimony Tuesday from a preliminary hearing into the case, as reported by the Los Angeles Times : “Officer Roland Andrade said one witness told him someone from Zavala and Brito's group bumped into Pham, setting off an argument.
February 6, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
A Van Nuys jury acquitted a Los Angeles County judge of battery Thursday following a weeklong trial in which he was accused of shoving a woman to the ground after a dispute over a bag of dog waste. Jurors deliberated less than three hours, bringing a speedy end to a contentious case in which a city prosecutor raised a question about Superior Court Judge Craig Richman's mental health and a defense lawyer compared the case to the Salem witch trials of the late 1600s. Richman's attorney, James Blatt, applauded the verdict and faulted the city attorney's office for bringing the case.
February 5, 2014 | By Jack Leonard
Lawyers in the battery trial of a Los Angeles County judge accused of shoving a woman after a dispute over a bag of dog waste clashed in court Wednesday during testy closing arguments, with the prosecutor suggesting the judge could be mentally ill and the defense attorney comparing the case to the Salem witch trials. Deputy City Atty. Joshua Geller questioned the mental health of Superior Court Judge Craig Richman while acknowledging that the alleged victim is "a troubled person.
January 30, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
More than two centuries ago, our Founding Fathers declared that all humans are born with the same inherent potential. Ever since, having the phrase "created equal" in our Declaration of Independence has been one the coolest things about being an American. Now, married Yale law professors Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld have stepped forward to say that being "created equal" doesn't matter. Instead, their controversial (and sometimes cringe-inducing) new book, "The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America," argues that our cultural background largely determines our fate and the fate of our progeny.
January 20, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A 23-year-old woman was on life support after she was beaten into unconsciousness outside a Santa Ana nightclub, and police said they have arrested a woman and are seeking four other people in connection with the incident. The violence occurred early Saturday as patrons waited to get into the Crosby, a popular nightspot in the city's increasingly vibrant historic district. Police said the young woman who was beaten, identified by family and friends as Kim Pham, was hit and stomped after an argument between two groups.
January 19, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The Texas teenager who played the "affluenza" card to stay out of prison certainly sounds like a spoiled brat. In fact, he wouldn't deny it; that was his argument for a light sentence - that his overprivileged, under-disciplined life had led to a lack of judgment and concern for others, and therefore he shouldn't be punished severely for his crimes. And in the end, although he stole alcohol, drove far above the speed limit while exceedingly drunk, killed four people with his father's pickup and then fled the scene, he was sentenced to probation rather than jail time.
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