June 14, 1995 |
A federal magistrate said Tuesday that Mexico's law enforcement Establishment appears to be infected by "massive corruption," as evidenced by a scandal involving Mario Ruiz Massieu, that nation's former top anti-drug official. While harshly criticizing the system itself, U.S. Magistrate Ronald Hedges made no immediate ruling on the Mexican government's request for extradition of Ruiz Massieu, held in U.S.
April 7, 1995 |
Atty. Gen. Janet Reno, joining a growing national move toward arbitration of civil disputes, said Thursday that the Justice Department will begin assigning some of its 170,000 civil cases each year to outside arbitrators. Signing an order to implement the change, Reno said that she wants to resolve cases "more swiftly and at less cost to those involved--a result that is in everybody's interest."
September 21, 1994 |
At a time when television viewers have ready access to the drama of state court trials, the nation's top federal judges voted Tuesday to keep cameras out of federal courtrooms. In a secret vote, the policy-making U.S. Judicial Conference rejected a recommendation that would have expanded to all courts a pilot project that allowed cameras at civil trials and appeals in eight courts. The judges also voted to keep an absolute ban on cameras at federal criminal trials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1994 |
Facing the harshest professional discipline of his career, Stephen Yagman was taking an uncharacteristic course. He was keeping his mouth shut. Such circumspection was a change of pace for the veteran Venice civil rights lawyer, whose proclivity for outrageous comments landed him in trouble in the first place.
April 27, 1994 |
On a national day of mourning for Richard Nixon, federal courthouses and administrative offices throughout the country will be closed today with one conspicuous exception: the Central District of California, which includes Nixon's home base of Orange and Los Angeles counties. The irony is not lost on federal officials.
February 28, 1994 |
The Republican-appointed majority on the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia has denounced the work of a task force looking into race and gender bias in the federal courts and voted last Friday to withdraw its support for the project. Three appeals judges--Stephen F. Williams, Laurence H. Silberman and Douglas H.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 1994 |
Hoping to boost the local economy and accommodate an increase in court caseloads in Southern California, a U.S. Senate committee on Thursday authorized spending $123 million to build a new federal courthouse here.
January 2, 1994 |
Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist is urging President Clinton and the Senate to fill 113 vacant federal judgeships in 1994, including some that have gone unoccupied for the past four years. "There is perhaps no issue more important to the judiciary right now than this serious judicial vacancy problem," Rehnquist wrote in his year-end report on the federal courts.
December 17, 1993 |
As the simple cartoon begins, a sleeping figure resembling a crash dummy is seen from above, lying in bed. The man suddenly awakens as the first of eight gunshots is fired in his direction. Walking down a corridor, the gray figure is hit by shots in the arm, the chest and finally the head. He crumples and falls to the floor. The three-minute color segment may not win any awards as entertainment.
December 16, 1993 |
Orange County Congressman Christopher Cox said Wednesday that construction of a new federal courthouse in Santa Ana will proceed as planned, after a last-minute delay ordered by Clinton Administration budget watchers. The official announcement is expected to be made today in Washington by the General Services Administration. It removes the final obstacle to construction of the courthouse and clears the way for a groundbreaking ceremony scheduled for July 15.