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July 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
The California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of killing his mother, stepfather and another man, and has ordered a new trial to determine whether he should be put to death. The state's high court on Wednesday upheld a previous court's ruling of guilt for Richard Bert Stewart, 40, but said that evidence of improper jury selection compelled it to reverse the death sentence.
May 17, 1985 | RICHARD C. PADDOCK, Times Staff Writer
Opening a new front in his continuing attack on the California Supreme Court, Gov. George Deukmejian called Thursday for passage of legislation that would require Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird to explain "lengthy delays" in deciding capital cases.
May 24, 1988 | Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling that put millions of so-called fixed annuities under the jurisdiction of federal securities laws. Under the lower court ruling, fixed annuities paying fluctuating interest rates could be regulated the same as stocks and bonds. Insurance industry officials had opposed the rule, claiming that it imposed a heavy regulatory burden that would raise company costs and translate into higher prices for consumers.
January 26, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
An attorney for same-sex couples hoping to overturn Proposition 8 in federal court urged the California Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject a request that it rule on whether initiative sponsors have authority to defend ballot measures. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals asked the state high court earlier this month whether California law gives initiative proponents the right to defend a ballot measure when state officials refuse to do so. In federal court, the general rule is that only a party that is directly affected by a trial court ruling has standing or authority to appeal it. State officials have refused to appeal the August ruling against Proposition 8. In his letter to the state court, Theodore B. Olson, an attorney for two same-sex couples, said that the question of standing in federal court is a federal constitutional issue, not a state one, and that the California Supreme Court would merely prolong the case by agreeing to answer the 9th Circuit's question.
September 11, 1990
Former California Highway Patrolman and convicted murderer Craig Peyer has asked the state Supreme Court to overturn his conviction in the 1986 slaying of San Diego State University student Cara Knott. A secretary in the office of attorney Christopher J. Schatz, Peyer's appellate attorney, said the appeal was filed with the high court Aug. 2. The 30-page brief filed by Schatz contains the same issues that he raised in a previous appeal filed with the state 4th District Court of Appeal in April.
June 29, 2004 | From Associated Press
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to consider the standard for proving securities fraud, in a case involving a maker of asthma and allergy medicines. The stock of Dura Pharmaceuticals Inc., a unit of Ireland's Elan Corp., plummeted 47% in one day after the company announced in February 1998 that it expected lower revenue because of slower-than-expected sales of the antibiotic Ceclor CD.
March 1, 2006 | Elizabeth Douglass, Times Staff Writer
A Texaco Inc. and Shell Oil Co. joint venture didn't break antitrust law when it set pump prices in the Western United States, the Supreme Court said Tuesday, ending a years-long battle over allegations that the companies inflated prices and forced dealers out of business. The 8-0 ruling was applauded by the oil companies and by major corporations outside the industry that saw the case as a threat to joint ventures of all kinds.
October 6, 1989 | PHILIP HAGER, Times Staff Writer
The state Supreme Court on Thursday refused to disbar a paraplegic lawyer who won milestone rulings for the disabled but later faced charges of professional misconduct that threatened his legal career. The court, rejecting a recommendation by the State Bar of California, instead imposed a two-year suspension from law practice on Mason Rose V of Rolling Hills for what it called "numerous and serious" wrongful acts.
September 19, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration set the stage Thursday for another Supreme Court showdown on the president's healthcare law, this time to decide whether for-profit companies can be forced to provide full contraceptive coverage for their employees despite religious objections from their owners. The administration's lawyers asked the justices to take up the issue this fall to decide whether these corporations can claim a religious exemption to this part of the healthcare law. U.S. Solicitor Gen. Donald Verrilli Jr. called the issue one of "exceptional importance" that needs to be resolved soon.
The Supreme Court justices are experts at counting votes. On most Friday mornings, they meet to count votes on the cases they have heard during the week. These secret sessions are short on debate and discussion. Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist briskly goes around the table and asks each of his eight colleagues to briefly state his or her view and to cast a vote--either to uphold or reverse a lower court. The most important rule at the Supreme Court, as the late Justice William J.
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