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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.
June 2, 1996
A little more than a month ago the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana issued an important ruling on construction defects that I thought your readers would like to know about. The court ruled that property damage caused by construction defects may not be rejected simply because their causes could not be detected by the naked eye. This redefines the exclusion for latent construction defects found in standard homeowner's, homeowners association and building owner's insurance policies.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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