CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2000
Shawn Hubler's statement in her Feb. 17 column that only 7% of the judges appointed by Govs. George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson had experience as public defenders is quite misleading, as it gives the impression that the other 93% had prosecutorial backgrounds. The judges who make up the Los Angeles Superior Court come from a wide variety of legal disciplines, such as civil, family law, private defense practices and corporate staff attorneys, as well as from U.S. district and city attorneys' offices.
August 2, 2013 |
It's been a long time since "Jeopardy" has provoked anger in anyone. But that's where the syndicated game show finds itself after the most recent Kids Week tournament. Don't mess with the kids, Trebek! The incident that touched off the outrcy was the spelling of "Emancipation Proclamation" by Newtown, Conn., eighth grader Thomas Hurley during Final Jeopardy. Poor Thomas wrote "Emanciptation Proclamation," and though there's no question what he was going for, the unforgiving "Jeopardy" judges wouldn't give it a thumbs up. Not that it would have mattered much, as his competitor Skyler Hornback nearly doubled his already sizable lead by answering correctly (and spelling it correctly)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO -- A retired appellate judge in Los Angeles has been tapped by federal courts to make the final decision on which and how many inmates to release from prison if California fails to meet a court-ordered limit on the state prison population. In naming Elwood Lui the compliance officer in the prison crowding case, federal judges also put much of his work out of public view, declaring that his communications with the courts are "confidential and privileged. " Lui did not immediately return calls to his office for comment.
June 2, 2010 |
These days our civic conversation is dominated by declarations rather than argument, by assertion as opposed to evidence. It is, for example, routinely asserted in some quarters that religion and its values are everywhere under siege and that believers are continually discriminated against in public life. In fact, we are, as a people, more God-besotted than at any time in our recent history. America is the only country in the developed world in which a large majority continues to profess belief in a supreme being; slightly more than half our people are formally affiliated with a church, which also is anomalous among advanced nations.
April 8, 2009 |
When Brent Benjamin ran for chief justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court in 2004, the nation's fourth-largest coal company donated $3 million to his successful campaign -- more than all his other contributors combined. Two years later, the company, Massey Energy, came before Benjamin's court to appeal a $50-million judgment it had been ordered to pay. Benjamin cast the deciding vote in a 3-2 decision to overturn the award. Now the U.S.
December 21, 2011
Judging the judges Re "Gingrich might scrap certain judges, courts," Dec. 18 Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will surely put our country on a slippery slope, should he get elected president and carry out his threat to scrap certain federal judges and courts. The Supreme Court is supreme because we the people allow it to be; we recognize the need for a final arbiter. Should we allow someone, anyone, to circumvent the law, we will cease being a democracy. Very few Supreme Court decisions are unanimous, thereby telling us that even among carefully vetted jurists there is disagreement.