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March 22, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sometimes it's hard to do good. For example, donating leftover banquet food to charity. Shirley Wei Sher, a Marina del Rey immigration lawyer, discovered how challenging this can be when she recently tried to prevent leftovers at an upcoming meeting of the Southern California Chinese Lawyers Assn. from being thrown away. Sher, 33, sits on the board of the organization and is helping plan the group's annual awards banquet at a Chinatown restaurant next month. As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend.
For eight years, on a triangular lot in a shabby neighborhood, an abstract steel sculpture was reflected in the adjacent canal, which in turn delivered sunlight to glint off the piece's planes and edges. Jan Randolph Martin, an artist, businessman and musician, regarded the creation as his masterpiece. The Indianapolis municipal government saw "Symphony No.
September 19, 2007 | Greg Johnson, Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON -- Responding to often-emotional testimony, several U.S. senators Tuesday threatened to step in and fix the NFL's pension and medical disability program if league and players' union officials don't quickly improve the system -- one that retirees increasingly describe as dysfunctional. The possibility of congressional oversight came during a Senate Commerce Committee hearing in which NFL Players Assn.
May 18, 2000 | ERWIN CHEMERINSKY, Erwin Chemerinsky is a constitutional law professor at USC
The Supreme Court's decision on Monday to strike down key sections of the federal Violence Against Women Act is the latest in a series of conservative rulings greatly limiting the ability of the federal government to deal with important national problems. In his first inaugural address, President Reagan proposed a dramatic change in American government with a vastly reduced role for the federal government and a shift of power to the states.
May 14, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - A New Hampshire man who had his car towed when he was in a hospital recovering from a heart attack and the amputation of his left foot won a measure of justice at the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 9-0 decision released Monday, the court said Robert Pelkey can sue Dan's City Used Cars for disposing of his towed car without telling him or paying him. The case began during a snowstorm in February 2007. Pelkey's 2004 Honda Civic was parked legally in a handicapped parking spot in his apartment complex in Manchester, but he was confined to his bed. Under the apartment's policy, cars were to be removed to clear the snow, and Pelkey's car was towed away.
September 4, 2013 | By Maura Dolan
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court indicated Wednesday that federal law appeared to prevent immigrants without green cards from obtaining licenses to practice law. During a hearing in a packed courtroom, several justices suggested they were bound to follow a law passed by Congress that denies professional licenses to immigrants who are in the country illegally. The state high court is considering a bid by Sergio C. Garcia, 36, a Mexican immigrant who has spent most of his life in California, passed the state bar examination and has been waiting 18 years to obtain a green card.
August 12, 2012 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
An illegal Mexican immigrant who wants to be licensed to practice law in California has received support from the state's top law enforcement officer, the State Bar of California, civil rights groups, county bar associations and law professors - but not from the Obama administration. In a brief to the California Supreme Court, theU.S. Department of Justicesaid federal law prohibits giving a public benefit, such as a bar license, to an "unlawfully present alien. " The federal law was "plainly designed to preclude undocumented aliens from receiving commercial and professional licenses issued by states and the federal government," a lawyer for the Justice Department wrote in a brief requested by the state high court.
January 13, 2010 | By David G. Savage
A group of dangerous sex criminals who took their case before the Supreme Court on Tuesday had one clear champion: Justice Antonin Scalia. A staunch conservative, he has not developed new sympathy for criminals. Instead, the issue before the court was whether the Constitution gave the federal government the power to lock up offenders after they had served their prison terms. Scalia said protecting the public against sex criminals was a matter for the states, their police and their prisons.
June 20, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The government may not require people or groups to "pledge allegiance" to its policies as a condition of obtaining grants, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a broad defense of the 1st Amendment's protection of freedom of speech. The 6-2 decision written by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. strikes down part of a federal law that requires groups that receive funding to fight AIDS overseas to announce policies "opposing prostitution and sex trafficking. " Since 2003, Congress has appropriated billions of dollars for funding organizations that combat HIV and AIDS.
June 3, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Harney
WASHINGTON — In a decision that could have a significant effect on the fees that consumers pay in real estate transactions, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that "unearned" fees charged by lenders and other service providers do not violate federal law as long as they are not split with anyone else. The court's unanimous decision effectively reopens the door to controversial "administrative" fees levied by real estate brokers, and could encourage the practice of "marking up" fees by mortgage lenders, escrow officers and others that had been banned by federal regulators for the last decade.
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