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September 27, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The California Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to review an appeals court decision requiring a Catholic charity to include contraception in health plans that cover prescription drugs. Without comment, the six justices voted in private to review the decision by the 3rd District Court of Appeal. Catholic Charities of Sacramento argued in a lawsuit filed in 2000 that the state law requiring employers to include contraception should be set aside as a violation of religious freedom.
July 1, 1997 | SHELBY GRAD
The California Supreme Court on Monday restricted the ability of local governments to take over ambulance service in a ruling that could have implications in Orange County. The court ruled that municipal fire departments that did not provide ambulance service in 1980 cannot get into the business unless they win approval from their county Board of Supervisors. The Orange County Fire Authority is now attempting to assume control of its ambulance service, which is now provided by private companies.
Asbestos victims and others injured by exposure to toxics can collect only limited damages in court if their illnesses were undetected when voters passed the 1986 so-called "deep pockets" initiative, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 6-1 ruling stemmed from a lawsuit brought by Northern California asbestos victim James Buttram, who did not discover his cancer until 1991, at least seven years after evidence showed that the fatal disease began developing in his body.
November 7, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Sunset Strip bookie Charlie Katz suspected the feds had bugged his apartment, so he would amble over to a pay phone outside where Carney's hot dog joint now stands to call in his bets to Boston and Miami. It was 1965, a time when phone booths had four glass walls and a folding door, allowing Katz to seal himself off from eavesdroppers. Or so he thought. FBI agents planted a recording device at the booth and taped his dealings, leading to his conviction on eight illegal wagering charges.
August 21, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times
Justice delayed was justice denied for Omer Harland Gallion. He died in prison in his sixth year of waiting for U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson to act on a decision that he had been wrongfully convicted and should be released or retried. Anderson took no action until December, when he dismissed the matter as moot after an attorney brought Gallion's death to his attention. Two other cases in which junior judicial officials found grounds for striking prisoners' felony convictions also languished unattended by Anderson for five and a half and eight years, respectively.
March 5, 2004 | James S. Granelli, Times Staff Writer
Telephone industry regulations can be baffling, but an array of consumer and business groups is sending a simple message: Don't mess with 19 million people. That's how many phone lines have been switched to competitive carriers from the four Baby Bell companies that own most of the nation's local phone networks.
April 25, 1987 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Major sections of South Africa's strict regulations enforcing press censorship were declared invalid Friday by the Natal provincial Supreme Court in a further curtailment of the government's efforts to assume virtual martial-law powers. A two-judge panel in Pietermaritzburg, the Natal provincial capital, ruled that President Pieter W.
June 28, 1989 | BOB SECTER, Times Staff Writer
Atty. Gen. Dick Thornburgh told a civil rights group Tuesday that the Bush Administration would not back efforts in Congress to reverse recent Supreme Court rulings that critics contend have crippled affirmative action programs and other minority protections. Speaking to the annual convention of Operation PUSH in this Chicago suburb, Thornburgh said the controversial decisions appear to be largely technical in nature and narrowly drawn and should not have a wide-ranging impact on efforts to promote equal employment opportunities.
June 3, 2005 | Maura Dolan, Times Staff Writer
Ruling in a Los Angeles case, the California Supreme Court made it easier Thursday for criminal defendants to obtain evidence of past misconduct by police to try to prove that officers lied or rigged evidence. In a 5-2 decision, the court said judges must order police to turn over any records of officer misconduct that could support allegations of improprieties in a defendant's case.
October 6, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor said she regrets that the current court is dismantling some of the opinions she helped craft as a moderate conservative, USA Today reported. During a panel discussion at William and Mary Law School in Williamsburg on Saturday, O'Connor, 79, was asked how she felt about the court's retreat. She replied, "What would you feel? I'd be a little bit disappointed. If you think you've been helpful, and then it's dismantled, you think, 'Oh, dear.
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