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Bill allowing some public access to police discipline records clears Senate panel

Michael Carroll Apr. 19, 2016, 6:57pm

SACRAMENTO – An amended bill designed to increase the public’s access to records about police discipline cases in California cleared a key hurdle last week as the state Senate’s Public Safety Committee gave the bill a 5-1 vote of confidence.

Science-minded judges in short supply, UC law professor finds

Michael Carroll Apr. 15, 2016, 12:27pm

SAN FRANCISCO – You might expect that the person who will eventually fill the Supreme Court seat occupied by Antonin Scalia would have a 21st-century grounding in science and perhaps the ability to separate junk science from quality mainstream research. But the acting chancellor and dean of the University of California Hastings College of the Law isn’t so optimistic.

Joint FBI-DA task force may expand San Francisco corruption probe

Michael Carroll Apr. 11, 2016, 3:42pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The recent formation of a joint task force by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and the FBI to thwart political corruption suggests another act may be unfolding in the continuing story of a federal investigation that began several years ago and has so far snared more than 20 people.

Apple-FBI truce doesn't resolve key issues on encrypted data access

Michael Carroll Mar. 30, 2016, 11:41am

MALIBU – The U.S. Justice Department may have backed out of its legal showdown with Apple this week, but the question of how far law enforcement can go to get private companies to compromise their encryption technology remains an open question.

Cal INDEX appoints first full-time general counsel

Michael Carroll Mar. 23, 2016, 1:05pm

SAN FRANCISCO – A California nonprofit group that is assembling a statewide comprehensive database of patient health care information has hired its first full-time general counsel as the organization takes on more participants and adds new services in a bid to make the state’s health care system more efficient.

Court allows borrowers to challenge foreclosures placed into securitized trusts

Michael Carroll Mar. 22, 2016, 7:08pm

SAN FRANCISCO – California borrowers whose homes were foreclosed on during the collapse of the housing market beginning in 2008 now have a legal recourse to question the validity of the reassignment of those loans into securitized trusts, thanks to a recent state Supreme Court decision.

Fewer Californians attend UC Berkeley Law school as tuition costs rise

Michael Carroll Mar. 3, 2016, 8:56pm

BERKELEY – California’s cuts in funding for higher education over the past decade have whittled down the number of California residents attending the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, but the law school is trying to offset some of the tuition burden through other financial aid programs and private donations.

Bankruptcy judge decides bitcoin is more like property than currency

Michael Carroll Mar. 3, 2016, 3:42pm

SAN FRANCISCO – The elusive definition of the bitcoin – an Internet payment system that operates in a decentralized way and aims for low transaction fees – has come into somewhat better focus as a bankruptcy case in Northern California moves toward trial.

Trio of California judges may be on Obama's short list for Scalia seat

Michael Carroll Feb. 28, 2016, 8:56pm

As media outlets such as NPR and CNN continue to speculate about who President Obama may nominate to take the place of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, at least three California justices seem to have the inside track for a spot on the president’s short list of nominees, according to some of the state’s legal observers.