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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NEWS
December 28, 1995 | MYRNA OLIVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bernard E. Witkin, an internationally recognized authority on California law, the world's bestselling author of nonfiction legal books, a philanthropist and an influential advisory member of the California Judicial Council for more than three decades, has died. He was 91. Witkin died Saturday at his Berkeley home of a heart attack. "California's legal system and the people of California have suffered a great and irreplaceable loss," said California Chief Justice Malcolm M.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 1994 | JANE E. ALLEN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
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.
BUSINESS
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.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2012 | By David G. Savage and Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a California law against slaughtering pigs and other animals unable to walk, activists are pressing forward with efforts to get a tough federal measure passed. The 2008 state law had made it illegal for slaughterhouses in California to "receive a non-ambulatory animal. " Any animal that could not stand on its own was to be returned to the farm or "humanely euthanized. " But the court's 9-0 decision Monday held that since Congress had already adopted its Federal Meat Inspection Act, California was not free to enforce differing rules or standards.
OPINION
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2012 | By Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
He waged an insurgent campaign against his boss to become Los Angeles County district attorney, promising to act as a prosecutor not a politician. Twelve years later, Steve Cooley retired last week as one of the county's most entrenched political fixtures, having served a historic tenure as top prosecutor, reshaped the most powerful office in the local criminal justice system and left his mark on California law enforcement. Cooley is widely credited with expanding the way law enforcement uses DNA and with making the fight against local public corruption a priority.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2012 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Time
SACRAMENTO - A new law that seeks to establish a first-of-its-kind state-run retirement plan for low-income workers still faces numerous hurdles in the year ahead, but its author says the idea is already generating nationwide attention. SB 1234 by state Sen. Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles), signed into law last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, creates a California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, authorizes a major feasibility study of the idea and seeks approval for the idea from federal regulators.
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