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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 “on 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.
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BUSINESS
October 8, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill giving the National Football League an enormous break -- at the expense of players who get hurt, sometimes devastatingly, entertaining the fans. He should be ashamed. The measure (AB 1309) may have been the most dishonest bill to come through the state Legislature this year. It was the product of relentless lobbying by the major pro sports leagues, especially the NFL, which unabashedly misrepresented its effect to the soft-headed state legislators who sponsored and passed it.  As I reported in March , the leagues' pitch was that retired pro athletes - many of them from outside the state - are ripping off California's workers' compensation system for hundreds of millions of dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1998 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
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
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
May 19, 2012
Re "Romney's media handicap," Opinion, March 15 Jonah Goldberg wants "the media" to be nicer to Mitt Romney, and yet he calls 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry "a pompous human toothache. " Surely this is the pot calling the kettle black. Romney is properly on the hot seat for his selective memory and his evasive semi-apologies. You might not remember the name of the kid who sat behind you in calculus, or the name of the teacher, but you really ought to remember the kid who you held down while cutting his hair.
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