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October 16, 2008 | Phil Willon, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has vetoed a $96,000 contract for outside legal help to defend the city against allegations that it discriminates against the disabled on skid row. It marks only the fourth veto the mayor has issued since taking office in 2005.
September 22, 2008 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
Just five minutes. That's what Iraqi soldiers said they needed when they took Ahmed-Hussein Juma in for questioning in February 2007. "And now here we are, 1 1/2 years later," Juma said with a hopeless laugh last month as he stood in a holding cage, metal handcuffs on his wrists and a prison number stitched crookedly on his green jumpsuit. Dozens of other men sat on benches at Baghdad's Rusafa detention center, all waiting to visit a new U.S.
February 10, 2008 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
A lawsuit filed in federal court last week alleges that a company that purports to offer legal services to low-income people nationwide instead preys on them. According to the suit filed in Denver, the victims had asked for assistance from Legal Aid National Services of Aurora, Colo. -- or one of a dozen related entities -- thinking that they were dealing with a legitimate provider of services for low-income persons.
December 29, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
The state attorney general's office said Friday that it was looking into a complaint that legal aid donated to indicted Orange County Sheriff Michael S. Carona could violate a ban on expensive gifts to elected officials. The challenge, brought by political gadfly Shirley Grindle of Orange, questions whether Carona can accept the services of two nationally known attorneys on a pro bono basis. Attorney Brian A.
November 18, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
When Ralph "Jake" Warner earned his degree from Boalt Law School, few of his fellow graduates were on the big-firm, big-money track. It was 1966, a time of anti-corporate sentiment, communal living, free love -- and, for Warner, free law. He went to work for Legal Aid in Contra Costa County. He's made a living out of making law free -- or at least really inexpensive -- ever since.
October 24, 2007 | Henry Weinstein, Times Staff Writer
One of California's largest law firms has filed a civil case seeking to put an allegedly fake legal-aid operation out of business in Northern California. Legal experts said the lawsuit tries to address a growing problem statewide. The suit, filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court last week, alleges that the Legal Center for Legal Aid has swindled Northern California residents who were seeking assistance with evictions.
August 1, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. government has violated its own immigrant detention standards, denying some Salvadoran detainees access to legal materials, telephones and attorney visits, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled. District Judge Margaret M. Morrow upheld a 1988 injunction mandating that Salvadorans be advised of their rights to apply for political asylum and have access to legal representation.
June 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Judith Garlow, 63, a leader in securing funds for legal services to the poor, died June 2 at her San Francisco home, the California State Bar Assn. announced. She had suffered from brain cancer. Garlow, a longtime director of the State Bar's Legal Services Trust Fund Program, was recognized as an expert in the funding of legal services through interest from lawyer trust accounts.
May 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state judge suspended the criminal cases against 98 defendants in New Orleans over concerns they could not get adequate representation from the city's office for defending the indigent. Judge Arthur Hunter Jr. also ordered the release of 20 prisoners. The charges are not being dropped, he told dozens of defendants in his court, but until they get lawyers they won't be prosecuted.
March 11, 2007
Your article about the California mushroom workers' suit ("Union misled farmworkers, state panel says," Feb. 23) against the union twice mischaracterized the National Right to Work Foundation as being anti-union. Our legal-aid organization merely assists workers in making the choice for themselves, without coercion, as to whether to join or support a union. Union officials should work to earn employees' voluntary support, rather than turning to the state to obtain more coercive privileges.
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