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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.
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July 7, 1999 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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June 10, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
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.
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April 19, 1999 | GEORGE SKELTON
Call Gov. Gray Davis a wimp. Say he's indecisive and gutless. Characterize his action on Proposition 187 as a gimmick. Go ahead, you'll have lots of company. Myself, I think Davis made the only move he realistically could have. It probably will turn out to be good politics and also good public policy. Indeed, he did a favor for Latino leaders and liberals--Prop. 187's hard-core opponents--although many have been moaning about his surprise decision to seek court mediation of the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) announced Tuesday that she has recommended two prominent Los Angeles public interest lawyers to President Clinton for federal trial judgeships here. Boxer urged the president to nominate Dolly M. Gee, a labor lawyer, and Fredric D. Woocher, who successfully represented Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove) in the House of Representatives when incumbent Robert Dornan challenged her narrow victory over him in 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1999 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton on Tuesday nominated Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gary A. Feess for a seat on the federal bench. The president also resubmitted the names of two judicial candidates from Southern California whose nominations expired last year without receiving Senate confirmation. The holdover nominees are U.S. District Judge Richard A. Paez for a seat on the federal appeals court and U.S. Magistrate Virginia A. Phillips for a District Court judgeship.
NEWS
October 20, 1998 | RICHARD A. SERRANO and RONALD J. OSTROW, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With lawyers for President Clinton and Paula Corbin Jones returning to court today to argue whether her sexual harassment lawsuit should be reinstated, a federal court in Little Rock on Monday began releasing hundreds of pages of sealed documents that show both sides making an issue of the sexual history of the other. Originally asked by Jones' attorneys if he ever had sex with a woman other than his wife, Clinton protested that the question was too broad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles' federal judges announced new disciplinary rules Thursday for lawyers who practice in their courtrooms, but questions arose over whether attorneys can be punished for making disparaging remarks about the jurists. The judges, who preside in the largest federal court district in the nation, provoked a storm of dissent within the legal community in January when they circulated a proposal that called for punishing lawyers who "impugn the character or integrity of any judicial officer."
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