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More than 8,000 patterns of china sold worldwide now meet strict standards for exposure to lead because of a tough California law, according to one environmental group. The number of lead-safe patterns to choose from has increased dramatically.
Under California law, even if the state athletic commission suspected a boxer had AIDS, there is nothing it could do to prevent him from fighting in the state, according to Richard DeCuir, the commission's executive director. But Paul Banke's public acknowledgment two years after his last bout that he has AIDS is certain to rekindle the debate.
June 3, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the right of authorities to take DNA from people when they are arrested only partially assures that California's DNA collection program will survive court challenges, experts said Monday. The high court upheld a program in Maryland that takes DNA from those arrested only for violent felonies and burglary. Maryland processes the genetic evidence only after an arraignment, and if the person is acquitted, the DNA profile is automatically expunged.
April 10, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Direction-impaired drivers, prepare to meet your doom. A California appellate court has ruled that it's illegal to hold your phone while driving to use it for anything -- like checking Google maps, or even looking at an email or text. The case was brought by Steven R. Spriggs, a 58-year-old professional development officer at Fresno State University. On Jan. 5, 2012, Spriggs found himself in stop-and-go traffic caused by road construction on California 41 near the California 180 interchange.
January 24, 2014 | By Phil Willon
Gun makers' objections to a California law that requires firearms to imprint a unique "microstamp" on bullet casings are "baloney" and "posturing," said Los Angeles City Atty. Mike Feuer, who introduced the legislation while serving in the state Assembly. Feuer's comments come as gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because it will not comply with the law, implemented in May 2013. The law requires some firearms to imprint a unique "microstamp" to help identify bullet casings.
September 6, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A leader of the San Diego chapter of the Hells Angels was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies, including solicitation of murder. Stephen Sanders, 44, pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery, solicitation to commit murder and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury. He was sentenced in San Diego County Superior Court by Judge Robert O'Neill. San Diego County Dist. Atty. Bonnie Dumanis said Sanders had planned "to have witnesses and law enforcement officers killed.
April 29, 2012 | By Stephen Glassman and Donie Vanitzian
Question: I want to be elected to serve on my homeowners association's board but my board won't let me nominate myself. They dominate election advertising, edit and control candidate statements and qualifications, limit access to the common areas during campaigning, and control the election in such a way that it favors incumbent directors. What's the law, and what can I do about this? Answer: California law is clear, and association compliance is mandatory, not voluntary.
December 15, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Supreme Court erred grievously this year when it permitted Maryland police to collect DNA samples from people who had been arrested and charged with serious crimes - samples that could then be used to match that person's genetic profile with evidence from unrelated unsolved crimes. As Justice Antonin Scalia pointed out in a scathing dissent, the 5-4 decision upholding Maryland's law undermined the 4th Amendment's ban on "searching a person for evidence of a crime when there is no basis for believing the person is guilty of the crime.
July 23, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court refused for the second time to stop gays from marrying Tuesday, rejecting a bid by a San Diego County official who contends Proposition 8 remains state law. In a closed session, the state high court turned down a request by San Diego County Clerk Ernest J. Dronenburg Jr. for a temporary hold or "stay" on same-sex marriages. The court rejected a similar request last week by the sponsors of Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that banned gay marriage.
January 31, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
A California law that prohibits therapists from trying to change the sexual orientation of children and adolescents survived another legal challenge this week. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals announced that an earlier decision by a three-judge panel upholding the law wouldn't be reconsidered by a larger group of 11 judges. That was the correct decision. But a judge who believes the law should be reconsidered on free-speech grounds raised an important question in his dissenting opinion.
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