REDONDO BEACH -- An appeals court has upheld the conviction of Rami Nassif, owner of the "monster mansion" on 733 Paulina Ave. in Redondo Beach. Although the house was demolished in 2015 and is now an empty lot, Nassif appealed the conviction, alleging judicial bias. A three-judge panel did not agree with his appeal and upheld the decision.
STANFORD -- It didn’t take long for public outrage to hit social media and other digital platforms when Judge Aaron Persky handed down what some perceived to be a lenient six-month sentence to convicted rapist and former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner, whose case created considerable debate on how accountable judges should be to the public.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The California Supreme Court recently announced its decision that patients or their family members can sue manufacturer Bristol-Myers for falsely advertising the benefits of the cardiovascular drug Plavix, even though the company and most of the plaintiffs are based in other states.
SAN JOSE -- Residents who have been fighting to save the Willow Glen Railroad Trestle from demolition, arguing that it was a historical landmark, were disappointed when the National Register of Historic Places recently declared the 1922 railroad bridge ineligible for historic status and could be removed to erect a prefabricated pedestrian bridge.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Brian Lee Corber, an attorney who practiced in Valley Village, was disbarred May 29 and ordered to comply with the California Rules of Court to make restitution for not complying with a notice of disciplinary charges (NDC) after he failed to respond to telephone and written messages from a client, refund unearned advanced fees or release the client’s file.
SAN FRANCISCO – In an August article for the California Bar Journal, Laura Ernde reported on the Sander v. State Bar of California case that will have closing briefs in September, heard by Judge Mary E. Wiss, to fully determine the necessary parameters needed to protect bar applicants’ privacy with regards to research publications.
OAKLAND – In an August California Bar Journal article, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean and distinguished professor at the University of California Irvine School of Law, offered an overview of the U.S. Supreme Court and his interpretation of its liberal leanings, especially after Justice Antonia Scalia’s death earlier this year.