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March 17, 2014 | By Maura Dolan
California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye warned Monday that the closure of budget-strapped courts has deprived more than 2 million residents of accessible justice and left the state β€œon the verge of a civil rights crisis.” "A three-hour drive to the nearest courthouse can't be fair in anyone's book,” Cantil-Sakauye planned to tell state lawmakers Thursday, according to a text of her speech released in advance. California courts in the last several years have been cut by about $1 billion, and Cantil-Sakauye has been pleading with legislators to restore more funding next year.
A state appeals court has taken the unusual step of removing an Orange County Superior Court judge from a case involving a commercial photographer who refused to include a picture of a gay man and his male companion in a high school reunion yearbook. The 4th District Court of Appeal ordered that Judge David H. Brickner be taken off the case after he declined to follow the appeals court's instruction to award attorney's fees to the man, stage actor David Engel of Los Angeles.
April 5, 1990
"State Study Says Courts Are Rife With Sex Bias," reported in The Times on March 24th! It took this special committee three years to discover widespread sex discrimination in California courts? Is there anywhere on earth that is not dominated by men? Racism is a terrible problem but sexism is the greatest problem on earth. If and when brotherhood of all races reigns worldwide will they then address the issue of sexism and concede their ignominy against females? Ever since savage and envious men destroyed people's beliefs in goddesses, honor of their queens and motherhood and murdered creative femininity's rightful roles on earth, every evil and destruction has ruled in its stead.
May 19, 2012
Re "Alternative presidential bid falters," May 16 It always seemed quixotic to launch a grass-roots movement from the top. In the unlikely scenario that a candidate was elected president, what sort of clout would she or he have in a Congress that lacked even a single supporter? By contrast, consider the "tea party. " Whether or not you agree with its agenda, it is undeniable that the dozens of representatives it helped elect have made their presence felt. Americans Elect should endorse candidates already running for Congress - whether Democratic or Republican - who meet its criteria, and put up candidates of its own in districts where none do. H.A. Drake Santa Barbara ALSO: Letters: Eugenics in America's past Letters: The media and Mitt Romney Letters: California courts feel the cuts
July 6, 1988 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that defendants who lose in small claims courts have no right to a jury trial when they appeal to higher courts. The court unanimously found that while losing small claims defendants have a right to a new trial before a Superior Court judge, they have no right to demand that a jury review their claims. The justices noted that the small claims system, set up by the Legislature in 1921, is supposed to be informal and should resolve problems quickly.
April 22, 2014 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the authority of police officers to stop cars and question drivers based on anonymous tips to hotlines. In a 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that such stops do not amount to an unreasonable search or seizure, even if the arresting officer did not observe the vehicle speeding or swerving. The decision affirms a ruling of the California courts. The case began in August 2008 when a 911 dispatch team in Mendocino County received a midafternoon report that a pickup truck had forced another vehicle off the road.
February 20, 2009 | Victoria Kim
A state bill was quietly passed last weekend that would allow Los Angeles County judges to continue receiving about $46,000 in benefits that were ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court last year. The bill, passed Saturday by both houses, lets stand any benefits provided to judges by counties as of July 1, 2008. It provides a legislative fix to the court ruling, which said the county-funded perks violated a constitutional provision requiring judges' pay to be determined by the Legislature.
December 28, 1989
In response to "Deals Won Jail Informant Freedom to Attack Again," Part A, Dec. 11: The article by Ted Rohrlich failed to recognize a fundamental principle of criminal sentencing practice in California courts. Prosecutors have a role to play in the sentencing process. We are obligated to seek proper sentences in criminal cases and, in discharging that responsibility, deputy district attorneys routinely urge judges to impose appropriate sentences based upon relevant considerations.
June 16, 2013
Re "Risks to hands-free units," June 13 As far as it goes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's study on the dangers of using hands-free devices while driving is accurate. However, it should be noted that the hands-free technology in modern cars is new and that in time drivers will adapt to these systems and will learn how to manage all this new information. We are only in the infancy of this pervasive technology, and it's impossible to fully understand how we'll adapt to it in the future.
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