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Court case says tampon tax is discriminatory

JoAnn Seltzer Oct. 24, 2016, 12:02am

SAN FRANCISCO – California has been taxing tampons and sanitary napkins for years, classifying them as “luxury” items, while labeling items like Viagra and Lubriderm lotion as” medical necessities. Now the court is being asked to change that classification.

California law imposes stricter punishment on prosecutors who withhold, falsify evidence

Dawn Geske Oct. 23, 2016, 12:07pm

SAN FERNANDO – A new law signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown will make it a felony for prosecutors to withhold from the defense or falsify evidence in a case.

Efforts continue to boot Judge Aaron Persky from the courtroom after Stanford rape case

Quinten Plummer Oct. 12, 2016, 12:38am

SANTA CLARA - Efforts to recall a now infamous Santa Clara judge continue while opposition has sprung up against a bill that prevents courts from handing down short sentences like the one Judge Aaron Persky handed down in the Stanford rape case.

California to return $36.2 million to Pauma Band after decade-long casino fight

Kathleen McGuire Gilbert Sep. 21, 2016, 7:17pm

SAN FRANCISCO – Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed a bill appropriating funds for a $36.2 million payment to the Pauma Band of Luiseño Mission Indians after a court found that the Pauma unfairly overpaid for the right to add slot machines to Casino Pauma.

State high court allows jury trials for testing compensation disputes in 'victory for property owners'

Carrie Salls Sep. 13, 2016, 11:24am

SAN FRANCISCO – A Walnut Creek real estate dispute attorney believes a July 31 ruling entered by the California Supreme Court that reforms legislation to give property owners a right to a trial by jury to determine compensation for pre-condemnation entry and inspection will push the state to try harder to resolve these disputes to avoid costly, time-consuming jury trials. 

Legislative committee chairman can't predict outcome of state's first judicial commission audit

Karen Kidd Aug. 26, 2016, 9:42am

SACRAMENTO – An upcoming audit of California's only commission responsible for disciplining California judges, the Commission on Judicial Performance, will be objective and credible, state legislators say.

Police transparency bill dies in committee

John Jarvis Jul. 5, 2016, 6:05pm

SACRAMENTO – An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union said a California Senate bill that recently died in committee would have provided the public access to information it deserves about possible police misconduct.

Assembly bill looks to criminalize distribution of certain recordings

Carrie Salls Jun. 7, 2016, 7:44pm

SACRAMENTO – California Assembly member Jimmy Gomez is sponsoring legislation that would make it illegal to disseminate a recorded conversation in the state if both parties to the conversation have not given their consent, stirring controversy in connection with the bill’s constitutionality.

Microbead ban just one small step in Calif. lawyer's fight for the environment

Justin Stoltzfus Mar. 1, 2016, 6:00pm

LOS ANGELES – In 2015, President Obama signed into law the bipartisan Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, banning certain types of small plastic pellets used in some exfoliating and cosmetic products beginning in 2017.