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Lid on Pot Police Upheld

A Santa Barbara, Calif., judge has upheld a local ordinance that discourages enforcement of marijuana possession laws.

Enacted by initiative, the ordinance directs police to make marijuana enforcement their lowest…

Death Penalty for ‘Most Prolific’ LA Killer

Updated: A pizza deliveryman and convicted rapist who reportedly has murdered more victims than any other serial killer in Los Angeles history was sentenced to death today.

Chester Turner, 40,…

Lawyer on TV Break from Spector Trial

An able team of defense lawyers is representing music producer Phil Spector in his ongoing Los Angeles murder trial. So lead attorney Bruce Cutler says he is leaving his client…

Ex-Cop Testifies on Spector Threats

A judge reversed himself and allowed a security guard to testify that music producer Phil Spector once said that all women deserve a bullet in their heads.

The statement is…

Catfight Over Neutering Bill

A bill requiring Californians to spay or neuter their pets has produced more response than any other measure before the state legislature this year.

The Senate committee considering the bill…

Mark Geragos Removed from CIA Case

Updated: A federal judge in San Diego has removed Mark Geragos from representing a defense contractor in a CIA fraud case, because the high-profile California defense lawyer refused to submit…

CA’s Asset Seizure Policy is Changing

In recent years, the California officials have increased the amount of money they spend to locate dormant assets that the government can seize. But they’ve decreased the amount of money…

Grads: School’s Not Out for Summer

After three years of hard work, the nation’s newly graduated law students aren’t done with their studies yet. The vast majority are still buried in the books as they put…

First Banana Workers Get US Court Trial

It has been some 30 years since thousands of banana workers in Central America claim to have been exposed to carcinogenic pesticides on plantations there. Intended to kill worms infesting…

CA Attys Sue Over $100 K Average Pay

Contending that lawyers employed by the state of California make significantly less than those working in federal and local government jobs, a union representing 3,500 attorneys and hearing officers has…

Agony of Defeat for Raiders

A California Supreme Court justice sounded something like the late sportscaster Howard Cosell in explaining why the Oakland Raiders will not get a retrial in a territorial rights suit against…

Draft Rule: CA Lawyers Must Tell Clients About Insurance

One in five California lawyers doesn’t have malpractice insurance–as clients would have to be told, under a proposed attorney ethics rule.

A State Bar of California task force is proposing…

Weiss, Lerach: No Deal to Plea Deal

Updated: Famed plaintiff securities lawyers Melvin Weiss and William Lerach reportedly have said no deal to a plea deal offered by federal prosecutors in a criminal kickbacks case against the…

Hospitals Accused of Patient Dumping

The Los Angeles city attorney has filed civil complaints against two California hospitals accused of dumping homeless patients in skid row.

The complaints name Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los…

Will Nutty Law Result in Almond Capers?

Mike Braga doesn’t ordinarily think of himself as a potential lawbreaker. But the Madera, California, almond farmer will be faced with a legal dilemma as of Sept. 1.

Either he…

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