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.
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June 28, 2013 |
Jasmyne Cannick didn't join the folks in West Hollywood celebrating the gay marriage victory handed down by the Supreme Court this week. She was too busy mourning the assault on minorities' voting rights the court unleashed the day before. Cannick is a lesbian. She's also black. "And I didn't feel like dancing for joy," she said. She's not alone in feeling conflicted. For many people, including me, the high court's flurry of recent rulings feels like one big step forward on civil rights, and a whole lot of shuffling back.
June 21, 2013 |
Question: In my capacity as board director, I sent a certified letter to the association manager asking where our homeowners association files are kept. The letter notified him I intend to inspect the files and the premises because the address given to our association as management's "corporate" address is nothing more than a mail drop. He quoted California Corporations Code section 8334, stating "a director may inspect the physical properties of the corporation of which that person is a director," and then said I wasn't a director of his management corporation so I can't look at the association's files that are at his house.
June 17, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Crime suspects need to speak up if they want to invoke their legal right to remain silent, the Supreme Court said Monday in a ruling that highlights the limited reach of the famous Miranda decision. The 5-4 ruling upheld the murder conviction of a Texas man who bit his lip and sat silently when a police officer asked him about the shotgun shells that were found at the scene of a double slaying. They had been traced to the suspect's shotgun. At his trial, prosecutors pointed to the defendant's silence as evidence of his guilt.
January 28, 2013 |
In an action hailed by gay rights activists as a turning point in a solidly conservative state, a bill that would allow same-sex couples most of the legal rights of heterosexual couples cleared a Wyoming subcommittee by a 7-2 vote and is headed to consideration in the full House. The sponsor of the bill, State Rep. Cathy Connolly of Laramie, is the first openly gay representative in Wyoming. She is one of only eight Democrats in the 60-member House. "We passed the first step, but it's a big step," Connolly said in an interview.
January 7, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - Protracted shouting by lawyers insisting that suspects in a high-profile gang rape case don't deserve legal representation marked the first court appearance Monday of five defendants and raised concerns among legal and human-rights campaigners that inflamed passions could trump the men's legal rights. Apparently convinced of the defendants' guilt based on media coverage of the case, members of a bar association representing lawyers in New Delhi's Saket District Court announced last week that none of its members would represent the defendants.