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July 31, 2011
Jonathan Turley is probably not the most popular man right now with supporters of same-sex marriage. The George Washington University law professor has filed a suit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's anti-polygamy laws — and his argument is based on a landmark 2003 Supreme Court gay rights decision. That's not good news in the view of most gay rights supporters, who don't want their cause linked to that of polygamists any more than they want to see parallels drawn with people who engage in incest, bestiality and other taboo sexual practices.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 2011 | By Maura Dolan, Maria L. La Ganga and Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco and Los Angeles -- Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court, picking a liberal legal scholar whose nomination for a seat on a federal appeals court was stubbornly blocked by conservative Republicans. Liu, 40, whose nomination is expected to be approved by a three-member confirmation panel, will become the fourth Asian on the seven-member, moderately conservative court and probably its most liberal member.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
President Obama will nominate former Ohio Atty. Gen. Richard Cordray to head the new agency to protect consumers in the financial marketplace, acting just days before it is set to begin operations. After months of speculation about who would lead the powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the White House announced Sunday that Obama decided to bypass Elizabeth Warren, the liberal Harvard law professor who in 2007 proposed creating the agency. She has been working as a special administration advisor for nearly a year preparing the agency for launch Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 22, 2011
Burt Styler Emmy-winning TV writer Burt Styler, 86, an Emmy-winning TV writer who had a long association with Bob Hope, died of heart failure June 13 at Providence Tarzana Medical Center, his family said. Styler won an Emmy in 1972 for an episode of "All in the Family" called "Edith's Problem," in which Jean Stapleton's character dealt with menopause. He had a long career writing for television, with credits in such series as "The Life of Riley," "My Favorite Martian," "The Brady Bunch" and "The Carol Burnett Show.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty's costs. The examination of state, federal and local expenditures for capital cases, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimated that the additional costs of capital trials, enhanced security on death row and legal representation for the condemned adds $184 million to the budget each year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2011
Edward G. 'Ted' Jones Scientist studied brain anatomy, schizophrenia Dr. Edward G. "Ted" Jones, 72, a former UC Irvine neuroscientist who was an expert on brain anatomy and the causes of schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders, collapsed and died of a heart attack at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center on June 6 while attending a scientific conference. Jones retired in 2009 as director of the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience but remained a professor in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Goodwin Liu, President Obama's polarizing choice for the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, has withdrawn from consideration after last week's filibuster of his nomination in the Senate. "With no possibility of an up-or-down vote on the horizon, my family and I have decided that it is time for us to regain the ability to make plans for the future," Liu wrote in a letter to Obama on Wednesday. Liu's withdrawal is a victory for Senate Republicans, who last week banded together to deny the UC Berkeley law professor a confirmation vote.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Washington Bureau
Democrats and the White House are preparing for perhaps the most divisive fight yet with Republicans over an Obama administration judicial nominee. The Senate will conduct a procedural vote Thursday on the long-stalled nomination of UC Berkeley law professor Goodwin Liu to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The motion to cut off debate needs 60 votes to pass, which means at least seven Republicans would have to cross party lines in order for Liu to receive a simple up-or-down vote on the floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Supreme Court justices are people too, and they make mistakes like any other mortals. That was the conclusion of a high-powered gathering of legal scholars who on Friday examined the high court's "Supreme Mistakes" — five decisions widely considered the worst in the court's history. The high court Hall of Shame has taken its toll on American society but also provided cautionary tales about trading principle for society's fickle approval, the experts said. "One of the worst aspects of American history is that at times of crisis we compromise our most basic constitutional rights, and only in hindsight do we recognize that it didn't make us safer," Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Irvine's law school, said of Korematsu vs. United States, the 1944 high court ruling upholding the evacuation order against Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2011 | By David G. Savage and Kathleen Hennessey, Washington Bureau
For nearly two years, the "tea party" movement with its call for limited government has made inroads in the political arena, but a Florida judge's ruling last week declaring the health insurance mandate unconstitutional may be remembered as its moment of arrival in the courts. Another judge in Virginia had made a similar ruling, but U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson's decision gave voice to the tea party's rallying cry that the Constitution put strict limits on the national government.
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