July 24, 1987 |
Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas was reported Thursday to be "doing very well" after his hospitalization for abdominal surgery earlier in the week. The public information officer for the state Supreme Court, Lynn Holton, said Lucas had telephoned staff members Thursday morning, briefly describing his condition and saying he would likely be released within three or four days. Holton reiterated that the surgery "was not an emergency," but said no further information will be released.
January 17, 1986 |
The state Supreme Court on Thursday left intact a lower court ruling that allows public access to trials and pretrial hearings of juveniles who are charged with serious crimes. The ruling came in the case of two upper-middle-class Tarzana high school youths accused of robbing a bank and stealing cars. They planned to use the money to start an ice cream business.
July 23, 1987 |
Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas underwent "successful abdominal surgery" Wednesday and will remain in a hospital briefly, the state Supreme Court announced. A one-paragraph statement issued just before the court closed for the day said the 60-year-old Lucas will recuperate at his home in Los Alamitos and work on court business upon release from an undisclosed hospital.
February 6, 1987 |
When then-Gov. Ronald Reagan named Malcolm M. Lucas to the Los Angeles Superior Court in 1967, the only criminal cases the new jurist had handled were his own parking tickets. The first case he presided over involved the death penalty. Former California Chief Justice Donald Wright counseled Lucas: "Don't worry. You'll catch on." Four years later, Lucas was the supervising judge of the court's criminal division.
August 10, 1995 |
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas, under fire for apparently violating judicial ethics by making a political endorsement, said Wednesday he regrets that he "chose a poor turn of phrase" in expressing his desire to see Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren elected governor. The California Judicial Code of Conduct prohibits judges from endorsing candidates for non-judicial offices.
May 27, 1987 |
Despite the voters' unprecedented rejection last fall of three of its members, the California Supreme Court will not be influenced by "elections or polls or anything else," Chief Justice Malcolm M. Lucas said in a newly published interview. "What happened to us last year was analogous to a 100-year flood--a very unusual circumstance, which I do not anticipate happening again," Lucas said in remarks printed in the June issue of California Lawyer, a publication of the State Bar. " . . .