Monday Morning Memo for Monday, July 24, 2017

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Prop 47: Crime is up, arrests are down
Crime is up, and arrests are down. It is not surprising that arrests are down 30% since 2014 when Prop 47 went into effect. The problem with Prop 47 is simply many felonies were downgraded to misdemeanors. Under Prop 47 for example, property theft in many cases went from a felony to a misdemeanor. Stealing a gun became no more than a misdemeanor ticket.
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California Supreme Court ruling limits harmful effects of Prop. 47
Gov. Jerry Brown and the state Legislature steadfastly refuse to address even the most egregious flaws in their beloved soft-on-crime initiative, Proposition 47. But despite their obstinacy, a droplet of positive news has trickled out of Sacramento. The California Supreme Court has ruled that judges have wide discretion to refuse to shorten the sentences of third-strike inmates.
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Inland Empire resists sensible drug policies: Sal Rodriguez
The nation is slowly coming to terms with the idea that drug abuse should be approached as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Whereas incarceration, punishment and stigmatization have long been widely perceived as the necessary approach to drug abusers, this approach has done little to keep the public safe or to dissuade drug abuse. California has made a number of prudent choices to shift in the right direction. Reducing criminal penalties for drug possession under Proposition 47 was a good start.
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Central California detective charged in colleague’s death
Prosecutors have filed criminal charges against a sheriff’s detective in Central California accused of killing his colleague in what authorities had initially called a tragic and accidental shooting, officials said. Fresno County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rod Lucas died in October while talking with a detective about how to carry their backup weapons. A gun fired, striking 46-year-old Lucas in the chest, causing him to drop to the ground.
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Journalists shouldn’t have to testify in Colonies case, attorney says
The end of the prosecution’s case in the San Bernardino County Colonies corruption trial on June 29 also ended the possibility of journalists who covered the case from being called to testify. Eleven subpoenas to journalists were issued, an unprecedented number for a single case, according to attorney Duffy Carolan, who represented the reporters and one Southern California News Group executive.
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Unlikely partnership between SF prosecutors and prison inmates is forming behind the walls of San Quentin
A unique partnership is forming behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison between two groups that typically clash. San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon has been quietly leading a team of prosecutors into the prison and meeting face to face with the men locked up inside. It’s an effort to humanize the criminal justice system, improve rehabilitation efforts, and push the evolution of criminal prosecutors.
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Suspect who kidnapped man on UCLA campus to stand trial
The suspect responsible for allegedly carjacking and kidnapping a man who was waiting for his wife outside of the UCLA Public Health building, pled not guilty in court on Wednesday, July 12, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Jason Levi Garza, 43, of Santa Monica was arraigned after being held to answer on June 28 for one count of kidnapping for carjacking, carjacking with a firearm, kidnapping, criminal threats and assault with a firearm.
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Morro Bay cocaine trafficker may only serve a fraction of his prison sentence
The Morro Bay man convicted of acting as the “mastermind” of the largest cocaine trafficking organization in recent San Luis Obispo County history was sentenced Thursday to 18 years, eight months in state prison. But Chase Hanson, 26, likely won’t serve anything close to that total. Because of recent sentencing reform, he could be eligible for parole in five years.
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LA woman who sparked Amber Alert with fake carjacking report gets 60 days in jail
A woman who falsely reported that her Toyota Camry had been carjacked in South Los Angeles with her 16-year-old son inside, sparking an Amber Alert, pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report, city prosecutors announced Friday. Charline Gatson entered the plea Thursday, and she was immediately placed on three years probation and ordered to serve 60 days in jail, although it’s unclear exactly how much time she will actually spend behind bars.
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Craigslist killers ordered to prison: Sentence for premeditated money murder of Glendale victim
Two Burbank men were sentenced Monday – one to life behind bars and the other to 25 years to life in prison – for the financially motivated killing of a Glendale resident whose remains were discovered buried in the Angeles National Forest. Donald Thurman, 30, was convicted June 29 of first-degree murder in the January 2013 beating death of Nicholas Carter and was ordered to spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Identity theft-turned-murder of man found in Angeles National Forest results in big sentences
Two Burbank men were sentenced Monday – one to life behind bars and the other to 25 years to life in prison – for the financially motivated killing of a Glendale resident whose remains were discovered buried in the Angeles National Forest. Donald Thurman, 30, was convicted June 29 of first-degree murder in the January 2013 beating death of Nicholas Carter and was ordered to spend his life in prison without the possibility of parole.
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Man gets 11 years in prison for California concert stabbing
A man who stabbed a fellow concert-goer to death during a punk rock show in Southern California has been sentenced to 11 years in prison. The Orange County Register reports Juan Angel Rivera apologized to the family of the victim, 23-year-old Nathan Alfaro, during a hearing Monday. Rivera called the stabbing a tragedy he wished never happened. He noted that he and Alfaro were both music lovers who might have gotten along had they met under different circumstances.
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California woman jailed in ‘rape fantasy’ scheme files suit
A California woman exonerated of charges that she responded to online “rape fantasy” ads to get men to attack her ex-boyfriend’s new wife is suing the city of Anaheim, claiming police failed to thoroughly investigate her case. Michelle Hadley spent 88 days in jail before all charges against her were dropped. Investigators eventually said it was the new wife who was trying to frame Hadley.
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Immediate jail for money laundering South Korean earthquake scientist?
A Los Angeles federal judge will decide Thursday if the former director of South Korea’s Earthquake Research Center should be jailed prior to being sentenced in October for money laundering. Heon-Cheol Chi, 59, of South Korea, was convicted late Monday of using a Southern California bank account to launder bribes he received from two seismological companies, including one based in Pasadena.
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Judge denies Baca’s request to remain free pending appeal; defense to appeal that, too
U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson denied former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s request to remain out of prison while he appeals his conviction – and his defense attorney is vowing to appeal that decision, too. Baca, 75, is scheduled to surrender next week to begin serving his three-year prison sentence for his role in a conspiracy to block an FBI investigation into inmate abuse at an L.A. County jail.
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Should California drop criminal penalties for drug possession?
For better or worse, California likes to decide drug policy at the ballot box. Voters have already approved marijuana legalization, but criminal sanctions against users of heroin, cocaine and other drugs are very much intact, though they’ve been moving in a more lenient direction. It would not be surprising to see a proposition entirely eliminating criminal penalties for drug possession in the near future.
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UCI marijuana study finds increased crime rates following L.A. pot dispensary closures
A new study co-written by a UC Irvine business professor has found no correlation between the closure of marijuana dispensaries and reduced crime rates near them. Rather, it discovered the opposite. The paper, written by UCI’s Mireille Jacobson and USC professor Tom Y. Chang, studied the sudden closures of dispensaries in Los Angeles in 2010.
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Proposed California ammo regs: $5 fee per transfer, storage fees
The California Department of Justice last week unveiled its proposed new regulations for ammunition vendor licensing, set to take effect in 2018. Part of Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s successful “Safety for All” voter referendum, Proposition 63 requires background checks prior to all ammunition sales. Voters approved the initiative 63-37 in the general election last fall and DOJ was required to implement the regulations by July 1 to take effect on Jan. 1, 2018, so that vendors could begin the process of applying for licenses.
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New law delays sentencing for killer in Rosemead double murder
Sentencing was delayed for a former Rosemead resident tried as an adult and convicted for fatally stabbing her grandparents when she was 14. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Tuesday approved the defense’s request to transfer the case of now 21-year-old Sophia Cristo to juvenile court. The move is allowable under a law passed in 2016. Under Prop. 57, a juvenile court judge decides whether a minor 14 and older will be tried as an adult.
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[av_button label=’San Gabriel Valley Tribune’ link=’manually,http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20170718/new-law-delays-sentencing-for-killer-in-rosemead-double-murder’ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’left’ icon_select=’no’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’theme-color’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ admin_preview_bg=”]

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Bill offers needed reform for sex offender registry
California’s cluttered sex offender registry is too large to be effective and must be reformed if it is to be of any use to law enforcement. One of only four states to require universal lifetime registration for all sex offenders regardless of their offense or risk of re-offending, California now has more than 100,000 people on its sex offender registry. Created in 1947 to help police monitor high-risk offenders, the registry of today lumps together high- and low-risk offenders, making it harder for law enforcement and the public to discern who is truly a threat.
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New CA Bar president vows to burnish agency’s image
Michael Colantuono, a municipal law attorney from Grass Valley, was elected president of the State Bar of California on Friday, making him the first openly gay president of the organization. He’ll be sworn in to office this fall. Colantuono survived three rounds of balloting, with the board of trustees splitting its votes 7-7 between him and Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers each time.
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[av_button label=’The Recorder’ link=’manually,http://www.therecorder.com/id=1202793086927/New-CA-Bar-President-Vows-to-Burnish-Agencys-Image?slreturn=20170624104021′ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’left’ icon_select=’no’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’theme-color’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ admin_preview_bg=”]

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Councilwoman Pearce, former chief of staff target of two investigations
The Long Beach Police Department has given the district attorney results of investigations into Second District City Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce and her former chief of staff, Devin Cotter, that could result in domestic assault and/or inappropriate behavior or conflict of interest by a public official. A press release Thursday evening from the LBPD said one investigation stemmed from a previously reported incident on June 3, while the charges of inappropriate behavior or conflict of interest arose from statements of Pearce and Cotter.
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[av_button label=’The Grunion’ link=’manually,http://www.gazettes.com/news/councilwoman-pearce-former-chief-of-staff-target-of-two-investigations/article_3baf819a-6839-11e7-be01-338a73478ba7.html’ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’left’ icon_select=’no’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’theme-color’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ admin_preview_bg=”]

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‘House arrest’ alleged for DA staffer in whistleblower case
An Orange County District Attorney’s Office investigator who claims he’s been subjected to retaliation for being a whistleblower has been placed on “house arrest,” meaning he cannot report to work and must stay at home during business hours, his attorney said Friday. The District Attorney’s Office, however, said the attorney is spreading “misinformation” and insisted the office “did not take any disciplinary action against or punish” investigator Tom Conklin.
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He was convicted of trying to stab two people. Under Prop. 57, he’s being released
A man convicted of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon is the first in Fresno to be released from prison as part of Proposition 57’s non-violent parole review, said the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office. Danny Ray Lucero’s release was granted Monday at the board of parole hearings where members said that Lucero “did not pose an unreasonable risk of violence” to society, according to the district attorney’s office.
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Families of Ventura County inmates say ‘mentally incompetent’ inmates stuck in jail, sue state hospitals
Two families filed a lawsuit claiming state hospital officials purposely denied mental health treatment by delaying the transport of mentally incompetent inmates – oftentimes beyond 90 days – and left them without proper care as they waited in county jails. According to the 74-page civil suit filed by their families, the Ventura County inmates, who were deemed incompetent to stand trial by a judge, also were unnecessarily punished because of their mental illnesses.
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He blew the whistle when an inmate died. Then he was fired, and his lawsuit tossed out
Two years after state corrections officials fired a psychologist for exposing the death of a mentally ill inmate at Mule Creek State Prison, a federal judge has tossed out the whistleblower lawsuit he filed over his dismissal. U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley dismissed the lawsuit Eric Reininga filed against state officials, writing in an eight-page order that he could not “find any cases that prohibit a government employer from firing an employee who allegedly violated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) disclosure laws.”
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Man convicted of massive Ponzi scheme among 30 locals who could be paroled under Prop. 57
James Stanley Koenig wasn’t supposed to be eligible for parole for 32 more years. Throughout his lengthy trial and sentencing, Koenig – convicted of 35 felonies in connection with swindling investors out an estimated $250 million through a complex Ponzi scheme – never admitted guilt. Koenig owned Asset Real Estate and Investment Co. (AREI), a now-insolvent property acquisition firm.
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California probes unusual string of assaults on prison staff
Authorities are investigating what they call an unusual string of assaults that injured nine employees at a single Southern California state prison, sending five to the hospital for treatment within days of each other. Such multiple assaults are uncommon and concerning, corrections department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Monday. They are not believed to be related but officials are investigating.
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Kamala Harris and Rand Paul: To shrink jails, let’s reform bail
Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old New Yorker, was arrested on charges of stealing a backpack in 2010. To ensure he would show up for trial, and because of a previous offense, the judge set bail at $3,000. But his family could not afford to pay. So Mr. Browder was sent to jail on Rikers Island to await his day in court. He spent the next three years there before the charges were dismissed. Haunted by his experience, Mr. Browder hanged himself in 2015.
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O.J. Simpson granted parole: What’s next for the former NFL star?
O.J. Simpson isn’t free-yet. He’s still inmate number 1027820 at Lovelock Correctional Center, a medium-security facility in Nevada where the 70-year-old former NFL star and actor has been serving a nine- to 33-year sentence for masterminding a bungled robbery of memorabilia items. It’s not the crime for which Simpson is most often associated, but it is the crime for which he was convicted.
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County to start pilot program for people in jail with mental illness
Some incarcerated men who have mental illnesses may be put into a new program to help them get care and avoid returning to jail. County supervisors approved a pilot project this past week that puts men who are in jail with mild to moderate mental illness in an intensive treatment regimen of 12-step meetings, outpatient therapy sessions and neighborhood support programs.
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Former LA city councilman’s detective work helps crack 2001 cold case
DNA evidence and a former San Fernando Valley city councilman helped solve the grisly, 2001 cold case of a Korean War veteran who was stabbed more than 100 times in his East Los Angeles bar, police said this week. Former Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith has worked part time for the Los Angeles Police Department as a reserve officer since 1992.
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Gangster shoots police dog, tries to kill cops? 19 counts of attempted officer murders
A reputed gang member who allegedly opened fire at SWAT officers during a search in South Los Angeles, shooting one officer in the helmet and wounding a police dog, is expected to be arraigned next month on nearly four dozen felonies. Jose Rauda, 34, is charged with 46 counts, including 19 counts of attempted murder of a police officer.
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How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars
Exasperated, Jeffrey Ehrlich paused the true-crime television show every couple of minutes. The same thought kept running through the attorney’s mind: “No, that’s wrong.” The episode of “Killer Instinct” highlighted how the work of a retired FBI profiler had helped convict Ehrlich’s client of killing an 18-year-old woman in a Palmdale parking lot. There were no fingerprints left behind, no murder weapon.
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[av_button label=’Los Angeles Times’ link=’manually,http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-profiler-wrongful-conviction-20170720-htmlstory.html’ link_target=’_blank’ size=’small’ position=’left’ icon_select=’no’ icon=’ue800′ font=’entypo-fontello’ color=’theme-color’ custom_bg=’#444444′ custom_font=’#ffffff’ admin_preview_bg=”]

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Claremont police launch ‘Take back our community’ campaign
According to the latest city manager’s report, Claremont police officers and staff are frequently asked by concerned residents, “What can I do to address the increased crime attributed to Assembly Bill 109, Proposition 47 and Proposition 57?” The changes made by these laws have allowed violent and career criminals the opportunity to avoid either jail time or rehabilitative programs, the report says.
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Criminals targeting Granada Hills businesses?
Are Granada Hills businesses being targeted by criminals? Arik Cohen, business owner of Moto Styles & Hobbies Shop, says he has seen a rise in crime on Chatsworth Street – including his business. A security camera captured a man walking up to Cohen’s business and then kicking and smashing the glass at the storefront. “I’m very angry,” says Cohen. That’s because moments earlier another camera captured the same heavy set man walking up to the rear door.
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Justice Dept. signals more police property seizures coming
The Justice Department will soon make it easier for local law enforcement to seize cash and property from crime suspects and reap the proceeds, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Monday. Sessions said a shift will be announced this week that will increase the use of asset forfeiture, especially for drug suspects. The practice has been criticized because it allows law enforcement to take possessions – such as cars and money – without indictments or evidence a crime has been committed.
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions plans to ramp up asset seizures, especially ‘from drug dealers’ (Video)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department plans to issue a new directive aimed at ramping up seizure of property, “especially ill-gotten gains from drug dealers.” Speaking at the National District Attorney’s Association in Minneapolis on July 17, Sessions said, “no criminal should be able to keep the proceeds of their illegal activity.”
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Whittier police officers who allege city had a ticket quota system to get their day in court
Six Whittier police officers are headed to trial with their claim they faced retaliation for complaining about an alleged traffic ticket- and arrest-quota system. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Howard L. Halm on Wednesday said Anthony Gonzalez’s case can move forward. It was the sixth such ruling in the past two weeks that went against the city, which had been trying to get the officers’ whistleblower lawsuit dismissed.
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City purchases South Bay motel to help low-level drug offenders have a new start
The San Diego City Council Monday approved an $11 million plan to purchase a motel in Nestor, which will be converted into transitional housing for ex-convicts who committed low-level crimes. Under the plan, which drew extensive community opposition and was approved on an 8-1 vote, the city will buy the 61-room Super 8 Motel at 1788 Palm Ave., and remodel the building into a 42-unit, 70-bed residential facility.
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Ex-Compton deputy city treasurer, wife plead guilty
Former Compton deputy city treasurer Salvador Galvan, and his wife, Rosa, must wait until November to learn how many years they will spend in jail for stealing $3.7 million from city coffers. According to court documents, every day for six years Galvan embezzled varying sums of city money – as much as $8,000. The theft went unsuspected. Galvan, 47, of La Mirada, worked in the Compton Treasurer’s Office since 1994.
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Do you want more elected officials in LA? Politicians propose adding supervisors
Even though the idea has been rejected by Los Angeles County voters, a proposal to expand the Board of Supervisors is gaining traction in the state Legislature amid complaints that the panel is too small to properly serve the nation’s most populous county. A plan to ask voters statewide to expand the board from five to seven members and create a new, elected county chief executive officer has sailed through two legislative policy committees despite a split in L.A. county’s delegation to the Legislature, the Los Angeles Times reported.
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SoCal Gas pushes back on L.A. county and Cal/OSHA safety demands
SoCal Gas this week sued California’s workplace safety agency and Los Angeles County to prevent them from imposing new safety standards that the company says are federal responsibilities under the U.S. Pipeline Safety Act. The company wants to shut down a county inquiry into how well gas operations mesh with the neighborhoods where they operate.
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California counties use big tobacco lawsuit tactics to go after big oil
In a legal assault similar to the one that won multibillion-dollar awards from Big Tobacco, two Bay Area counties and a coastal city blamed Chevron, ExxonMobil and three dozen other oil, gas and coal companies for climate change and rising sea levels that threaten communities on the California coast. In separate lawsuits in separate superior courts, San Mateo and Marin counties and the city of Imperial Beach claim the fuel companies created a public nuisance by hiding for nearly 50 years that fossil fuel production was heating and damaging the earth.
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Court limits criminal defendants’ access to police records
For more than 40 years, criminal defendants in California have had a right to find out if police testifying against them have a record of lying, excessive force or any other misdeeds that cast doubt on their credibility. But a new state appeals court ruling could remove a bridge to that information in a number of counties, including San Francisco, Alameda and Santa Clara.
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Napa County judge caught taking card-holders agrees to resign
A Napa County judge who took a couple of business card holders from the San Francisco City Club during a dinner last year has agreed to resign from the bench, the state’s judicial disciplinary agency said Monday. Superior Court Judge Michael Williams will take leave on Oct. 19 and formally resign on Dec. 5, said the Commission on Judicial Performance.
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Judge finds pro-life activist in contempt of court over Planned Parenthood videos
A federal judge found a pro-life activist known for clandestine videos of abortion-rights advocates in contempt on Monday after additional secretly-taken recordings appeared online. U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick said David Daleiden, a leader of the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress, had violated the judge’s injunction against releasing additional videos.
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An overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean
In USC’s lecture halls, labs and executive offices, Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito was a towering figure. The dean of the Keck School of Medicine was a renowned eye surgeon whose skill in the operating room was matched by a gift for attracting money and talent to the university. There was another side to the Harvard-educated physician.
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Meyer pledges end to secrecy in LACBA
Los Angeles County Bar Association President Michael E. Meyer told members of the Board of Trustees Wednesday night that he wants to end secrecy within the organization, place the full board and not the officers in the role of the real decision makers, and stop the siphoning of funds to the group’s charitable arm, the Counsel for Justice.
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