CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1991
Norplant, the first major new contraceptive in three decades, won't be on the market until next month. But already a judge in Tulare County is seeking to coerce its use as a condition of probation. The ruling is being challenged as unconstitutional. It is difficult to steer a proper course between the rights of the individual and the public good. In this case, the judge has steered off course. First, the facts: Convicted felon Darlene Johnson 27, is the pregnant single mother of four children.
August 14, 1995 |
The new makeup of the state Commission on Judicial Performance, overhauled by a voter initiative in November, has made many judges leery of being judged by appointees chosen for political leanings over competence. The panel now includes an outspoken victims-rights advocate who has campaigned against lenient judges, a former state coastal commissioner who himself was investigated for alleged ethical lapses, and the law office manager for Assembly Speaker emeritus Willie Brown.