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August 29, 1999 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
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August 11, 1999 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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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.
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May 25, 1999 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
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 | 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.
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