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January 20, 2011
'Fairly Legal' Where: USA When: 10 p.m. Thursday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
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OPINION
April 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Two and a half years after a drone strike in Yemen killed New Mexico-born Anwar Awlaki, a federal appeals court has ordered the Obama administration to release a confidential memorandum that explains the legal justification for its extraordinary decision to assassinate a U.S. citizen. The administration should promptly comply. Monday's unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals was the result of a lawsuit by the New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union to force release of a memo prepared by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
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OPINION
August 21, 2013
Re “ Some teeth for Coastal Commission? ” Aug. 19 This is a terrible idea. The reasoning for the Coastal Commission to be able to issue fines is because it takes too long for the judicial system to work. So if some official (who could be politically motivated) decides to fine you or me, and even if we think it is wrong, we are stuck. We are faced with a judicial system that does not work, a judicial system that takes too long. So fix that problem. The Legislature should be working to get our courts sufficiently staffed to handle legal issues in a timely manner.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Socked by mortgage-related legal expenses, Bank of America Corp. lost $276 million during the first quarter, sending its stock down sharply. The quarterly loss, its first in 2½ years, came despite lower loan losses and better than expected results in fixed-income trading, a slowing business that hurt rival JPMorgan Chase & Co. during the quarter. The results included $6 billion in litigation expense, much of it related to toxic bonds backed by housing-boom mortgages from Countrywide Financial Corp., the aggressive Calabasas lender that nearly collapsed before being acquired by Bank of America in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
USA continues its rather remarkable winning streak with "Fairly Legal," an energetically delightful dramedy about a San Francisco mediator played by Sarah Shahi, which premieres Thursday. Shahi, last seen on the short-lived but wonderful "Life," is Kate Reed, a former attorney so unpredictable she wears Christian Louboutins but lives on a boat and so frustrated by the law that she becomes a mediator. As such, she uses her considerable capacity for empathetic diplomacy to help people solve their own problems ?
NATIONAL
July 15, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor parried tough questions Tuesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee about how race and gender affect a judge's views on the law. Republicans focused on a single ruling from her 17 years on the federal bench involving a group of white firefighters claiming reverse discrimination. Legal experts said the exhaustive discussion of the New Haven, Conn.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2002
The Loews Hotel in Santa Monica should be thanked, not fined, for doing the job the government has charged employers with: verifying that their employees are legally able to work in this country ["Loews Hotels to Pay $12,000 Fine to Settle Union Complaint," March 4]. The complainant's assertion that the expiration of a U.S. citizen's passport would not have triggered any kind of a check on their employment eligibility is absolutely right. A U.S. citizen is eligible to work here by virtue of their citizenship, whether it be by birth or naturalization.
NEWS
May 27, 1992 | Associated Press
People in the Netherlands spend about as much on sex as they do on flowers, but it wasn't until Tuesday that Parliament made the sex industry as legal--and as taxable--as tulips. The 150-member Parliament revoked a law prohibiting pimping. Previously, individual prostitutes could sell sex but could not be organized legally in brothels. Authorities had tolerated brothels, however, to monitor the trade.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 1996
1995: a year of legal anarchy. LORON WASHBURN Redondo Beach
BUSINESS
April 26, 1989
Nancy Niederman has been named senior vice president-studio legal affairs at MGM/UA, Beverly Hills. She previously was vice president-studio legal affairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014 | By Dan Weikel
Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Five sheriff's cars surrounded the plane and deputies got out with guns drawn. Then a helicopter arrived with four federal agents and a drug-sniffing dog. They demanded to see Dobson's pilot's license, asked about the flight and mentioned that his long trip from Southern California was suspicious. Fearing he would lose his flight credentials if he didn't cooperate, Dobson consented to a search of his plane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - The most shameful habit of California legislators arguably is their annual summer shakedown of lobbyists. But it finally may be ending, at least in the Senate. Senate leaders - rocked by the corruption scandals of two fellow Democrats - are hoping to quash the unsavory practice of coercing campaign contributions from special interests while high-stakes bills are pending in the Capitol. Outgoing leader Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento) and his designated replacement, Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles)
NEWS
April 4, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
The state of Texas on Thursday executed a man named Tommy Sells after a series of whipsawing court decisions that ultimately denied Sells his due process right to investigate whether the lethal injection met constitutional standards. This is no defense of Sells. If evil exists in this world, he was it , responsible for a series of known heinous murders, and who knows how many others. But that is still insufficient cause for the government to kill him. It is sufficient cause to have locked Sells away from society until he died of natural causes.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | David Lazarus
Among the frequently asked questions on Yelp's website, there's this: "Will Yelp remove or reorder bad reviews if a business pays for sponsorship?" And the answer: "No. You can't pay us to remove or reorder your bad reviews - it's just that simple. " It's not that simple, at least if you listen to the many small-business owners who say Yelp routinely uses bad reviews and competitors' ads as leverage to get merchants to cough up some cash. "They continually harass you and strong-arm you to get you to pay for their service," said Randy Boelsems, 64, who runs a boating supply company in Fountain Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Knocking down one of the last hurdles for Los Angeles' long-awaited Westside subway extension, a judge ruled late Wednesday that transit officials followed environmental laws when choosing a route that will require tunneling under Beverly Hills High School. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's five-year, $13.8-million environmental review process was thorough and fair, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge John A. Torribio wrote in a 15-page decision. The Beverly Hills School District and the city of Beverly Hills, which sued Metro two years ago claiming in part that risks of tunneling under the school were not adequately considered, can appeal the decision.
OPINION
April 1, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Many Californians are outraged that state Sens. Leland Yee, Ronald S. Calderon and Roderick D. Wright, all of whom have been either accused or convicted of crimes, will continue to collect their $95,291 annual salaries while they're suspended from their jobs. It's a paid vacation, critics complain. On the public dime. In response, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg introduced an amendment to the state Constitution on Friday - the same day he and his fellow senators suspended their colleagues - that would allow the Senate or Assembly to withhold compensation in the future when a legislator is suspended.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
Re assisted suicide: They can make it legal, but they can never make it right. LINDA K. JAMENTZ Burbank
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1990
If a movie is made about Madonna's recent legal problem, it could be called "Jagged Hedge." GEORGE D. PUTNAM Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Eryn Brown
Healthcare advocates Tuesday urged the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to set aside at least $11 million in additional funding for free medical services for low-income residents - including immigrants lacking legal status - who remain uninsured under Obamacare. Members of the faith-based coalition One L.A., labor groups and community healthcare organizations told reporters and board members that failing to expand a county program to serve thousands more poor and undocumented residents would endanger public health.
NATIONAL
April 1, 2014 | By David Horsey
Here's a stimulating debate topic: Is the welfare of the Bear Republic more threatened by a few legislators who receive illegal bribes or by an entire breed of politicians who take legal campaign donations from unnamed billionaires with an ideological agenda? That is a particularly pertinent question right now, given that two California state senators have recently been caught up in FBI stings. In February, Sen. Ronald Calderon was hit with indictments on 24 felony counts, including accepting bribes totaling $100,000.
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