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The Sun: Lawsuit over license plate scanners heading to California Supreme Court

License Plate Scanner

By Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune
Posted: 08/21/15 – 10:11 PM PDT |

Two advocacy groups suing the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department for access to data from automated license plate readers have won a chance to argue before the California Supreme Court.

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The Sacramento Bee: Dan Walters: Publishing appellate decisions

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dalters@sacbee.com
July 27, 2015

  • Most appellate court decisions are not published
  • They cannot be cited by parties in other cases
  • The result is uneven judicial policy around the state

The Sacramento region’s state appeals court declared three decades ago that when a corporation hires lobbyists to pass a bill, it loses its claim of privacy in a libel action.

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IE Business Daily: Courts strike a blow against water rate tyranny

IE Business Daily

By IE Business Daily
July 25, 2015

In a stunning rejection of the wishes of California Attorney General Kamala Harris and Governor Jerry Brown, the California State Supreme Court this week refused their unusual request to “depublish” a 4th District Court of Appeals decision that applied Proposition 218 limits to tiered water rates.

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California Supreme Court

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 – 04:15 p.m.

The California Supreme has denied a request to depublish a pivotal water rate ruling, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which found that tiered water rates violate Proposition 218.

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The Sacramento Bee: State Supreme Court rules in police personnel file case

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July 7, 2015
By Sudhin Thanawala, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO —

The California Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors aren’t required to help defendants fight their criminal cases by reviewing the personnel files of police officers serving as witnesses.

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California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
June 15, 2015

Citing an affordable housing crisis of “epic proportions,” the California Supreme Court made it easier Monday for cities and counties to require developers to sell some housing at below-market rates.

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Drought

By Meghann N. Cuniff / Staff Writer
June 11, 2015 – Updated 10:22 p.m.

Related stories:

Tiered pricing might not be dead as a tool to encourage water conservation.

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Unpaid Fines

By Maura Dolan and Lee Romney
May 21, 2015

Weighing in on a troubled system, California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has called for an emergency rule to prevent courts from requiring drivers to pay traffic tickets before they can go to court to contest them.

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California Supreme Court Justices Leondra Kruger, center, and Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, right, provided the necessary votes to rehear a death penalty case. (S. Todd Rogers / Associated Press)

By Maura Dolan
March 11, 2015

Gov. Jerry Brown’s two newest appointees to the California Supreme Court provided enough votes Wednesday for reconsideration of a death penalty case, the first example of the impact Brown is having on the state’s highest court.

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LATimes: Brown appointees to Supreme Court renew hopes in death penalty cases

California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
January 21, 2015

On the day justices Mariano-Florentino Cuellar and Leondra R. Kruger were sworn in this month, the California Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling leaving in place a death sentence for a man with a long criminal record.

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SacBee: Opinion: Audit slams bureaucracy in California’s judiciary

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
01/12/2015 12:01 AM

The Alliance of California Judges, a feisty band of rebels in robes, has complained for five years that the state’s judicial bureaucracy had become bloated, overpaid, arrogantly dismissive and incompetent.

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SacBee: Brown looks to history as he builds a new high court

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Jerry Brown, with his wife, Anne Gust Brown by his side is sworn in by Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court, right, during his inauguration at Memorial Auditorium in 2011.

Dan Morain

By Dan Morain
dmorain@sacbee.com
12/28/2014 8:38 AM

Amid pomp and self-important speechifying, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Attorney General Kamala Harris and the other statewide elected officials will take their oaths of office a week from Monday.

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NYTimes: Jerry Brown, Governor of California, Takes Second Chance to Shape Court

Jerry Brown

Gov. Jerry Brown of California at his office in Oakland, where he discussed his thinking behind the three unconventional, but applauded, nominations he has made to the State Supreme Court. (Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times)

By ADAM NAGOURNEY
DEC. 25, 2014

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Jerry Brown first served as governor of California, he set out to reshape the powerful California Supreme Court by appointing its first female chief justice. But his pick, Rose Bird, had never served as a judge before and came to be perceived as a liberal ideologue.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown calls criticism of Supreme Court pick ‘logically deficient’

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
12/16/2014 3:15 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown’s latest California Supreme Court nominee isn’t likely to run into serious resistance at her confirmation hearing next week, but criticism of Leondra Kruger’s residency (out of state) and judicial experience (none) has brought Brown to her defense.

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LATimes: Expected California Supreme Court nominee Leondra Kruger a ‘mind blower’

Leondra Kruger

Leondra R. Kruger, 38, who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court by Gov. Jerry Brown. She will be the seven-member court’s third Democratic appointee. (California governor’s office)

By Maura Dolan
November 24, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday that he would nominate Leondra R. Kruger, a federal government lawyer, to the California Supreme Court.

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SFChronicle: Gov. Jerry Brown lets state Supreme Court vacancy linger

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Monday, November 17, 2014

The California Supreme Court, which is supposed to have seven justices, has had only six for more than seven months, an interval that may be unprecedented and is at least the longest in a half century. The reason is inaction by Gov. Jerry Brown.

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SFChronicle: State high court to take up issue of police personnel files

California Supreme Court

By Bob Egelko
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

At the request of San Francisco’s district attorney and police, the state Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to decide whether prosecutors must examine officers’ confidential personnel files for evidence of misconduct that could help the defense in a criminal trial.

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LATimes: State Supreme Court lets bullet train project go forward

California High-Speed Rail

The high-speed rail project won another victory today when the California Supreme Court announced it would not hear an appeal. (Associated Press)

By Lauren Raab
October 15, 2014

The state’s $68-billion bullet train project will proceed after the California Supreme Court decided Wednesday not to review a lower court ruling that said project officials have complied with a high-speed rail ballot measure that voters approved in 2008.

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SacBee: CalPERS cleared to sue ratings agencies

California Supreme Court

By Dale Kasler
dkasler@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Sep. 15, 2014 – 3:56 pm

The state Supreme Court has cleared CalPERS to sue Wall Street’s leading ratings agencies over a series of disastrous investments that cost the pension fund more than $1 billion.

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AP: Bullet-train foes seek state Supreme Court review

High-Speed Rail

AP California News
Sep 2, 7:45 PM EDT
By JULIET WILLIAMS
Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project submitted an appeal Tuesday to the state Supreme Court, asking it to overturn a lower court’s ruling that allowed the project to proceed despite questions about whether it complies with promises made to voters.

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LATimes: Stanford law professor approved for spot on California Supreme Court

California Supreme Court

By Maura Dolan
Augs=ust 28, 2014

A state commission decided unanimously Thursday to confirm the appointment of Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar to the California Supreme Court, paving the way for Gov. Jerry Brown’s second high-court nominee this term to take the bench in January.

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SacBee (AP): Court: Silence can be used against suspects

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By PAUL ELIAS
Associated Press
Published: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 9:44 am

To read the published opinion, click the following link: People v. Tom

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court has ruled that the silence of suspects can be used against them.

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Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014 – 9:19 pm
Last Modified: Friday, Aug. 15, 2014 – 6:42 am

The state Supreme Court – or at least five of its members – got it right by declaring that an advisory measure on campaign finance placed on the Nov. 4 ballot by the Legislature is legally suspect and should be removed.

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SacBee: California campaign finance measure booted off ballot

By Christopher Cadelago and Jim Miller
ccadelago@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 – 12:00 am

The California Supreme Court on Monday effectively blocked a November advisory ballot measure on the merits of unlimited independent campaign spending, dashing some Democrats’ hopes that the measure would boost voter turnout in what could be an otherwise staid election.

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San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Michael Smith plans to issue a ruling in the Colonies criminal case Monday morning

Published: July 24, 2014 Updated: 8:04 p.m.

Defense attorneys in a high-profile San Bernardino County corruption case fought vigorously to get all or most of the charges thrown out Thursday on the second day of a court hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in the Press-Enterprise, click here.

Gavel-Legal

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 9:52 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014 – 10:07 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court has undergone very obvious ideological cycles – depending on who happened to be in the White House when vacancies occurred.

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SFChronicle: California Supreme Court nomination a ‘statement’ to U.S.

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Stanford law Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar is Gov. Jerry Brown’s state Supreme Court nominee. (Photo: Courtesy Governor’s Office)

Bob Egelko
Updated 10:55 pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As a boy, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar walked 7 miles each way from his home in Mexico to a school in Texas. On Tuesday, Cuéllar, a Harvard graduate and Stanford law professor, was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Supreme Court.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts sought stability, found instability

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Jun. 30, 2014 – 12:00 am

When the Legislature and then-Gov. Pete Wilson agreed in 1997 that the state would assume the entire cost of financing California’s largest-in-the-nation court system, judges rejoiced.

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Texting

By PAUL ELIAS
ASSOCIATED PRESS
June 28, 2014, 10:57 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court will decide if private emails and other electronic communications of government officials are public records open for inspection.

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California Supreme Court

By Greg Yee, Press-Telegram
Posted: 05/29/14, 10:54 AM PDT | Updated: 6 hrs ago

California’s police departments do not have a blanket right to conceal the names of officers involved in shootings, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a decision expected to have statewide implications.

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CCTimes: California courts get a boost in governor’s budget

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By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 05/13/2014 12:08:03 PM PDT# Comments
Updated: 05/13/2014 12:26:00 PM PDT

SACRAMENTO — After years of budget bloodletting, California’s courts received a $160 million bump in funding in Gov. Jerry Brown’s new budget plan — although with some strings attached and a stern warning that the state’s judicial leaders need to do more to tighten spending.

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LATimes: New California lawyers will have to promise to be courteous

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Maura Dolan
May 1, 2014, 5:31 p.m.

Reporting from San Francisco—

New California lawyers will soon have to swear to be courteous and dignified under a change in the legal oath approved by the California Supreme Court, it was announced Thursday.

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SacBee: California chief justice warns of ‘civil rights crisis’

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 17, 2014

California faces a “civil rights crisis” because of years of funding reductions for the judicial branch, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Monday afternoon during her third State of the Judiciary Address.

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LATimes: State high court seems to favor naming police officers in shootings

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By Maura Dolan
March 4, 2014, 12:13 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court appeared inclined during a hearing Tuesday to favor a ruling that the public has the right to know the names of police officers involved in shootings.

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The PE: COURTS: Chief justice urges Inland attorneys to fight for funding

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February 12, 2014; 09:53 PM

California Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye urged Inland attorneys to lobby local legislators for funding to bring the area more judges, and pushed back on criticisms that the state court system is solely responsible for its financial straits.

To read story by Richard K. De Atley in The Press Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: Joyce Kennard, California Supreme Court Justice, to retire

California Supreme Court

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
February 11, 2014

California Supreme Court Associate Justice Joyce Kennard has announced her intention to leave the state’s highest court later this year.

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DailyJournal: Defendants in public corruption case allege prosecutorial misconduct

Los Angeles Daily Journal

San Bernardino County developer, officials in corruption scandal say their rights were violated

Wednesday, January 29, 2014
By Katie Lucia

Defendants charged in a wide-ranging public corruption scandal are trying to convince a judge to toss the case, alleging a litany of prosecutorial misconduct.

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SacBee: California court denies law license for Stephen Glass

Stephen Glass

Glass

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 27, 2014

Stephen Glass, a former journalist whose career came crashing down after he was found to be a serial fabricator, has had his quest for a law license stymied by the California Supreme Court.

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California Supreme Court

By Associated Press
Posted: 01/27/14, 8:11 AM PST |

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether disgraced former journalist Stephen Glass should be allowed to practice law in the state.

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SacBee: Jerry Brown asks California Supreme Court to intervene on high-speed rail

High-Speed Rail

By David Siders
dsiders@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – 7:33 am

The Brown administration, which previously downplayed the significance of court rulings against California’s $68 billion high-speed rail project, asked the California Supreme Court to intervene Friday, saying the rulings “imperil” the project.

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SacBee: California chief justice says courts need more money

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 22, 2014
By Richard Chang

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye today said Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget shortchanges the judicial branch.

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DailyBulletin: Donnelly, Brown bill to fund understaffed courts voted down

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By Beau Yarbrough, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 01/15/14, 8:14 PM PST |

Sacramento >> An attempt to pump more money into underfunded courthouses has died in committee.

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The Sun: Defense attorneys want Colonies case back in San Bernardino Superior Court

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Defense Attorneys and Prosecutors appear before Superior Court Judge Michael Smith during a hearing in 2012, in the Colonies case. (File Photo/The Sun)

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/28/13, 5:30 PM PST |

Defense attorneys said Friday they will push to get San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case back to trial court so they can present additional evidence they say will help prove their clients’ innocence.

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The Sentinel: State Supreme Court Reinstates Earlier Dismissed Charges In Colonies Case

The Sentinel

By Mark Gutglueck
Posted on December 27, 2013

(December 26) SACRAMENTO—The California Supreme Court on December 23 reestablished the essential elements of the Colonies Lawsuit Settlement Public Corruption Prosecution, granting the gist of prosecutors’ appeal more than a year and two months after the Fourth District Court of Appeal in Riverside dismissed the most crucial charges lodged against developer Jeff Burum, the central defendant in the case.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies Case: It’s back to the Court of Appeal

California Supreme Court

December 23, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The trajectory of the highly-publicized $102 million Colonies corruption prosecution remains, at least for the moment, at a standstill.

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 12/20/13, 1:46 PM PST |

SAN BERNARDIN0 >> The California Supreme Court is set to release its opinion on San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case at 10 a.m. on Monday, according to the court’s website.

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The PE: Cassie MacDuff: SACRAMENTO: State Supreme Court considers local corruption case

Cassie MacDuff

Cassie MacDuff

November 22, 2013

The wheels of justice turn slowly. That’s clear from public corruption cases that have ensnared officials in San Bernardino and Riverside counties.

To read column by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Scales of Justice

By Mark Gutglueck
November 14, 2013

Whether a landmark political corruption case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former San Bernardino County political figures will proceed to trial now hinges on the California Supreme Court’s determination of a highly arcane legal issue.

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DailyBulletin: California Supreme Court hears arguments in Colonies corruption case

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By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 11/05/13, 5:54 PM PST |

SACRAMENTO >> The California Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments from a prosecutor and a defense attorney in San Bernardino County’s Colonies corruption case. The high court’s decision will determine whether bribery charges will be reinstated against a key defendant in the case or whether the case will move forward as it now stands.

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California’s State Capitol in Sacramento. (Myung J. Chun/AP)

California justices pepper both sides with questions; prosecutors want some charges reinstated in the Colonies Partners case
November 05, 2013; 05:02 PM

State prosecutors got their chance to ask the California Supreme Court to reinstate charges against an Upland developer in a case San Bernardino County prosecutors called one of the biggest public corruption cases in county history.

To read story by Cassie MacDuff in The Press-Enterprise, click here.

Legal

By Howard Mintz
hmintz@mercurynews.com
Posted: 11/03/2013 04:19:57 PM PST | Updated: 35 min. ago

In the journalism world, Stephen Glass was a true villain, perhaps the most renowned fabricator in the profession’s history.

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SacBee: Dan Walters: California courts muscle up for money

Dan Walters

Dan Walters

By Dan Walters
dwalters@sacbee.com
Published: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – 12:00 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 – 7:43 am

When California voters passed a multibillion-dollar sales and income tax increase last year, they raised hopes of countless interest groups.

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SacBee: New nonprofit foundation to advocate for California courts

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
October 16, 2013

Several prominent lawyers and civic leaders have banded together to form a new group to advocate on behalf of California’s courts.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY: Supreme Court sets Colonies hearing

Colonies Arraignment

From left, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt, former Supervisor Paul Biane; businessman Jeff Burum and former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, are seen in an Aug. 19, 2011, court appearance in San Bernardino./Staff Photo

October 11, 2013; 04:30 PM

The Colonies case that prosecutors have called one of the biggest examples of public corruption in San Bernardino County history will go before the California Supreme Court on Nov. 5 for a hearing.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Oral argument set in Colonies case

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Friday, October 11, 2013 – 10:15 a.m.

The California Supreme Court has set oral argument in the Colonies case for November 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Sacramento.

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Money

Monday, October 7, 2013 – 12:00 p.m.

San Bernardino County has paid out a multi-million settlement to the family of a resident, who died following an encounter with sheriff’s deputies.

The only problem? The settlement was shielded from public view.

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By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 10/03/13, 12:53 PM PDT | Updated: 5 hrs ago

The state Supreme Court has agreed to review a public corruption case in San Bernardino County and decide whether bribery charges should be reinstated against a prominent Rancho Cucamonga developer.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court limits review in Colonies matter

California Supreme Court

Thursday, October 3, 2013 – 09:55 a.m.

The criminal conspiracy case involving the 2006 settlement, between Colonies Partners L.P. and San Bernardino County, has landed on the radar of the California Supreme Court.

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SacBee: California poised to allow undocumented immigrants to practice law

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By Peter Hecht
phecht@sacbee.com
Published: Saturday, Sep. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am

CHICO — For Sergio Covarrubias Garcia and his supporters, a critical word is missing from the door of the “Offices of Sergio C. Garcia” – “Law.”

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The Sun: Judge declines to lift stay in Colonies criminal proceedings

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By Joe Nelson, San Bernardino Sun
Posted: 08/16/13, 6:49 PM PDT | Updated: 18 mins ago

A San Bernardino Superior Court judge on Friday declined to consider a motion to dismiss a county corruption case until the state Supreme Court reaches a decision on whether some charges will be reinstated, court records show.

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LATimes: California Supreme Court rejects bid to halt same-sex marriages

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The California high court refuses a request by ProtectMarriage to stop same-sex marriages while the group’s bid to revive Proposition 8 is pending.

By Maura Dolan
July 15, 2013, 10:42 p.m.

The California Supreme Court refused Monday to halt same-sex marriages while considering a legal bid to revive Proposition 8.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Action on Colonies appeal expected soon

California Supreme Court

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 – 11:00 p.m.

The much-publicized Colonies case appears to be on track for oral argument before the California Supreme Court either the week of September 2 or October 7.

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DailyBulletin: Legislative action next step for pro-marijuana advocates

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Sandra Emerson and Wes Woods II, Staff Writers
Posted: 05/10/2013 08:20:40 PM PDT
Updated: 05/10/2013 11:03:36 PM PDT

The state Supreme Court’s decision upholding local governments’ right to ban medical marijuana dispensaries left pro-marijuana advocates to rely on legislative action to ensure patients access to marijuana.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Final brief filed in Colonies appeal

Scales of Justice

Friday, May 10, 2013 – 09:00 a.m.

In a strange turn of events, state prosecutors now say it’s no longer necessary for the California Supreme Court to throw out two long standing case law precedents, and more than a dozen underlying appellate opinions, in order to reinstate key bribery and conflict of interest charges against defendants in the well-publicized case involving the 2006 Colonies Settlement.

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No Marijuana

By Sandra Emerson, Wes Woods II and Ryan Hagen, Staff Writers
Posted: 05/08/2013 02:49:30 PM PDT
Updated: 05/08/2013 04:05:02 PM PDT

Special Section: Medical Marijuana

Now that the more than 180 cities and counties up and down the state have the state’s highest court on their side, many local government officials are actively seeking the closure of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in violation of their zoning laws.

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California Supreme Court

By Denny Walsh
dwalsh@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 12:59 pm
Last Modified: Monday, May. 6, 2013 – 5:53 pm

Local governments in California are free to ban the distribution and sale of marijuana for medical purposes despite state law that allows it under certain circumstances, the California Supreme Court ruled Monday.

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DailyBulletin: State Supreme Court to decide Riverside dispensary case

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Sandra Emerson, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/05/2013 08:44:29 PM PDT
Updated: 05/05/2013 09:07:57 PM PDT

The state Supreme Court is set to issue a decision today on whether the city of Riverside is legally allowed to ban medical marijuana dispensaries through zoning laws.

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By Mark Gutglueck
sbcsentinel@yahoo.com
Republished from Friday, April 19, 2013

(April 19) The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney have overstepped their prosecutorial authority and are engaging in “an impermissible charging scheme” in the pursuit of a bribery and conspiracy case against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum and three former public officials, according to a defense brief filed with the Supreme Court on April 15.

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The Sun: High court receives defense motions in Colonies corruption case

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Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/19/2013 11:31:16 PM PDT

A defense attorney, in a motion filed with the state Supreme Court, alleges that state and San Bernardino County prosecutors are asking the high court to overturn a century of established case law and reinstate bribery charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

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The PE: CORRUPTION: Lawyer urges court to reject bribery arguments

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Developer Jeff Burum during a break in an August 2011 court appearance in San Bernardino County Superior Court.(Stam Lim/Staff Photographer)

April 17, 2013; 04:08 PM

A defense attorney accused prosecutors of attempting to “radically change” state bribery law in its California Supreme Court petition to restore charges against Rancho Cucamonga developer Jeff Burum.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

InlandPolitics: Colonies Defense: Case a “Novel” charging scheme

Scales of Justice

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 – 04:30 p.m.

The defense in the highly-publicized Colonies case accuses the State Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney of using an “novel charging scheme” to bring its case against Rancho Cucamonga Developer Jeffrey Burum, Former Assistant Assessor Jim Erwin, Former County Supervisor Paul Biane and Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to Supervisor Gary Ovitt.

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The Sun: San Bernardino airport corruption figure Scot Spencer appears in court

Scales of Justice

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Posted: 04/09/2013 10:57:57 AM PDT

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SAN BERNARDINO — Former San Bernardino International Airport developer Scot Spencer appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday for the first time since his March 24 arrest, and has been appointed a public defender to represent him.

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The courts have lost about 65% of their state general fund support in the last five years, a new study says, and the effect of the cuts is growing.

By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2013, 6:44 p.m.

California courts, reeling from years of state budget cuts, are delaying hearings and trials, allowing records to sit unprocessed for months and slashing services at public windows, a judge’s committee has reported.

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LATimes: Ethics panel says judges may ask lawyers to fight court cuts

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By Maura Dolan
April 5, 2013, 4:33 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO — A new California judicial ethics committee issued its first formal opinion Friday, deciding that judges may solicit attorneys to lobby for funding for the courts.

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LATimes: Lawmaker panel approves some court funding

Scales of Justice

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On politics in the Golden State
By Chris Megerian
April 3, 2013, 6:42 p.m.

SACRAMENTO — An Assembly subcommittee voted Wednesday to restore $418 million to California’s judiciary, but not before one lawmaker shared some tough words for the state’s court system.

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InlandPolitics: New Supreme Court ruling to impact Colonies case

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 04:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – 10:15 p.m.

The California Supreme Court rendered a ruling Wednesday afternoon that will impact the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case.

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InlandPolitics: Prosecutors want Colonies case on ice

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 22, 2013 – 09:30 a.m.

The California Attorney General and San Bernardino County District Attorney has filed papers with the State Supreme Court opposing parts of the highly-publicized Colonies criminal case from moving forward.

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Hand Out

By Jim Sanders
jsanders@sacbee.com
Published: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 – 12:00 am | Page 3A
Last Modified: Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013 – 7:58 am

Californians have a legal right to view court files of criminal and civil cases, but here’s the catch: It soon may cost $10.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court: Opening brief filed in Colonies appeal

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Sunday, March 17, 2013 – 12:30 p.m.

The California Attorney General has filed its Opening Brief on the Merits in its appeal of the dismissal of key charges in the well-published criminal case stemming from the $102 million settlement between San Bernardino County and Colonies Partners L.P. in 2006, some six and one-half years ago.

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The PE: SAN BERNARDINO: Prosecutors argue against ‘free pass’

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From left, developer Jeff Burum, Mark Kirk, former chief of staff to San Bernardino County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, former assistant assessor Jim Erwin and former supervisor Paul Biane in a 2011 court appearance. (David Bauman/The Press-Enterprise)

By Imran Ghori
March 15, 2013; 05:23 PM

A Rancho Cucamonga developer accused of bribing San Bernardino County officials will essentially get a “free pass” if prosecutors are not allowed to restore charges dismissed by a lower court judge, the state Attorney General’s office argued in a brief filed with the California Supreme Court this week.

To read story by Imran Ghori in The Press Enterprise, click here.

SacBee: California chief justice says state is ‘on the wrong side of history’

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Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
March 11, 2013

California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye implored the Legislature on Monday to better fund the court system, tying the issue to a basic guarantee of justice.

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InlandPolitics: Colonies defendants want day in court

Scales of Justice

Friday, March 8, 2013 – 08:55 a.m.

Defense attorneys for Developer Jeffrey Burum filed a motion in the California Supreme Court on Wednesday, in an effort to move forward the criminal case involving the controversial $102 million settlement between the County of San Bernardino and Colonies Partners, L.P.

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InlandPolitics: Supreme Court disbars local attorney facing 11 lawsuits

California Supreme Court

Saturday, February 23, 2013 – 12:15 p.m.

The Supreme Court of California has formally disbarred Rancho Cucamonga-based Attorney James V. Reiss.

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By Cheryl Miller
The Recorder
February 22, 2013

“The people have the right of access to information concerning the conduct of the people’s business, and, therefore, the meetings of public bodies and the writings of public officials and agencies shall be open to public scrutiny.”
— California Constitution, Article 1, §3 (b)(1)

For decades, California’s courts have upheld, even championed, laws granting the public open access to government meetings.

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