CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 |
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.
September 3, 2013 |
TNT is positioning the real-life investigative procedural "Cold Justice" as reality TV's version of "Rizzoli & Isles. " But the first and perhaps most significant thing Dick Wolf's new true-crime show does is remind us how overly groomed, politically correct and inevitably romantic most scripted crime dramas are, even the good ones, even the gritty ones. Unsolved killings have provided the hook for hours of scripted television, but none have been able to capture the pathos and squalor of a small town homicide quite like "Cold Justice" does.
August 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris urged the Supreme Court on Friday to strike down a Michigan voter initiative that bans "preferential treatment" based on race in its state colleges and universities, a ruling that would likely invalidate a similar ban approved by California's voters in 1996. These bans on affirmative action "violate the Equal Protection Clause" of the Constitution, Harris said, by "erecting barriers to the adoption of race-conscious admissions policies.
August 29, 2013 |
"Cold Justice" -- From "Law and Order" czar Dick Wolf comes a true-crime detective procedural. Playing a bit like reality's version of "Rizzoli & Isles," "Cold Justice" follows attorney and former Texas prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they travel through small-town America attempting to solve cold cases. The true-crime element may be the show's immediate draw, but the show quickly becomes a stark reminder of just how dramatically groomed and often romanticized even the grittiest scripted crime dramas can be. The stories "Cold Justice" tells are not clever tales of elaborately covered-up crimes with byzantine motives involving a carefully constructed array of canny and colorful characters.
August 29, 2013 |
SEATTLE - When the Justice Department announced Thursday that it would not interfere with the enforcement of voter-approved laws that allow recreational pot use in Washington state and Colorado, leaders on both sides of the issue had the same thought: The policy will probably encourage other states to consider similar laws. For supporters of the state laws, the policy marked a milestone that they believe will boost their efforts to legalize marijuana in other states, including Oregon, Nevada, Massachusetts and Alaska.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 2013 |
The California Supreme Court on Wednesday denied a last-ditch bid to stop the release of a serial rapist to Los Angeles County, clearing the way for Christopher Hubbart to be freed once suitable housing has been found. The justices rejected without comment Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey's request for a new hearing on whether Hubbart, 62, should be released in Santa Clara County, where he committed his most recent crimes, rather than Los Angeles. Hubbart, who has spent nearly two decades in a state mental hospital, admitted sexually assaulting more than three dozen women throughout California between 1971 and 1982, according to the district attorney's office.
August 27, 2013 |
The merger to create the world's largest airline will have to get the green light from a U.S. District Court. The question now is when will the trial start. The U.S. Department of Justice asked a district court judge Tuesday to set a March 3 trial date to hear its challenge of the mega-merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Quiz: What can't you take onboard a jetliner? The Justice Department has filed suit to stop the merger, saying it would result in fewer services, less competition and higher airfares.
August 23, 2013 |
Even as federal antitrust lawyers proposed a slight reduction in their proposed penalties in the Apple e-book case, they stepped up their criticism of the company for continuing to insist it did nothing wrong. In a filing made on Friday, the U.S. Justice Department agreed to shorten the length of its proposed injunction on Apple from 10 years to five. But the Justice Department said it was still requesting that a judge impose the same range of penalties, which include appointing a third-party antitrust monitor, restrictions on deals Apple can strike with publishers and new requirements to let competitors link to their own e-book stores from their apps. PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails Most interesting, however, was the tone of exasperation contained in the latest filing.
August 22, 2013 |
In sentencing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison, a military judge disappointed both the prosecution, which had sought a 60-year term, and Manning's most ardent supporters, who believe he should serve no time at all. Assuming that Manning is released on parole after a reasonable time, the sentence imposed by Col. Denise Lind strikes a reasonable balance between the damage Manning did to national security and the service he performed by...
August 19, 2013 |
In what could be its most significant church-state case in decades, the Supreme Court will decide whether official prayers at government meetings that overwhelmingly favor one religion violate the 1st Amendment. Although the case involves a town in New York, not the federal government, the Obama administration has filed a "friend of the court" brief that is distinctly unfriendly to the separation of church and state. According to Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr., the town council of Greece, N.Y., did not engage in an unconstitutional establishment of religion "merely because most prayer-givers are Christian and many or most of their prayers contain sectarian references.