January 19, 2000 |
The O.J. Simpson case, when the families of his ex-wife and her friend were awarded $33.5 million from the former football legend for their wrongful deaths, really started the trend. Now, lawyers say, it is becoming almost commonplace for victims of violent crimes to look beyond the criminal justice system for some measure of restitution. They seek monetary damages from their alleged attackers or a third party in civil lawsuits.
September 24, 1999 |
The House took aim Thursday at what Republicans called abuses in class-action lawsuits, passing legislation that would move most such suits into federal courts. Most Democrats, federal judges and the White House opposed the measure, saying it would make it harder for individuals to seek redress for wrongdoing by companies and clog the federal court system.
August 29, 1999 |
Amid a growing national clamor for toughened gun control, a new study released Saturday shows that the number of federal weapon cases has dropped more than a third in recent years, with California lagging far behind the rest of the nation.
August 11, 1999 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, condemning the failure of current criminal justice policies, on Tuesday proposed a potentially radical restructuring of the nation's local court systems to prevent convicts from shuttling in and out of prisons "again and again and again." Reno's plan essentially would create special courts authorizing judges to oversee the reentry of inmates into society and to supervise their rehabilitation through work, education and community programs, aides said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1999
Superior Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper has been nominated by President Clinton to serve on the Federal District Court in Los Angeles, it was announced Wednesday. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, (D-Calif.) recommended Cooper's appointment April 30, and the White House formally announced the selection Wednesday. Cooper, whose appointment must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate, has spent her entire legal career in Los Angeles.
July 7, 1999 |
With children and violent crime now inextricably linked in the national consciousness, one of America's most widely imitated judicial innovations of this century, the Juvenile Court system, is under fire. Indeed, even as serious crime by youth has been in decline in recent years, shocking spasms of violence--in country classrooms or on big city streets--threaten a juvenile justice system that transformed the perception of children here and around the world. "I'm very concerned.
June 10, 1999 |
Arizona's parental consent law is unconstitutional because it lacks a time limit for a judge to decide on an abortion for a minor who cannot consult her parents, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a federal judge's rejection of the 1996 law, which has never been enforced. An antiabortion lawyer denounced the ruling and said he hoped the state would appeal it to the U.S. Supreme Court.
May 25, 1999 |
The chief judge of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday said it would be a "grave mistake" for Congress to split the circuit into three operating divisions, as recommended by a blue ribbon commission last year. Circuit Judge Procter Hug Jr., of Reno, Nev., said in a Los Angeles speech that the plan, if adopted by Congress, would have an adverse impact on the administration of justice--particularly in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1999 |
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has recommended to President Clinton that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper be nominated to a judgeship on the federal district court in Los Angeles. Feinstein on Tuesday praised Cooper, 59, as "an intelligent and hard-working jurist who has served with distinction in the California state courts and would be a valuable addition to the federal court."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1999
Four federal judges have refused to hear a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department after their colleague withdrew from the case, citing his disdain for city lawyers who had suggested he was biased. Dean D. Pregerson, Nora M. Manella, Ronald S.W. Lew and William D. Keller gave various reasons why they cannot hear the politically charged case, which involves the LAPD's controversial Special Investigations Section.