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States’ own foot-dragging responsible for long delays in death sentence executions

A Florida justice in March expressed his anguish to know that an inmate Hall had been on the state's death row for more than three decades. He asked if such a long delay in execution of a condemned inmate was consistent with the purpose of the death penalty. Last weak, a federal judge in... read more

California death penalty ruling stuns legal experts

Many legal experts are stunned at U. S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney's ruling that California's death penalty is unconstitutional, with some describing the ruling as `path-breaking'.

The federal judge ruled earlier this week that California's death penalty system was so arbitrary and... read more

Caree Harper, attorney for Marlene Pinnock who was seen on video being repeatedly punched by an officer of California Highway Patrol (CHP) earlier this month, filed a civil rights lawsuit on Thursday on behalf of her client.

In the civil rights lawsuit, Harper named the commissioner of... read more

California’s capital punishment system is unconstitutional: federal judge rules

California's death penalty or capital punishment system is unconstitutional as it is quite arbitrary and plagued with long delays, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

Judge Cormac J. Carney of United States District Court said the sense of uncertainty and delay in executing a prisoner... read more

New measure deletes ‘husband’, ‘Wife’ terms from Calif.’s marriage law

California Gov. Jerry Brown has finally signed the SB1306 Bill into law, striking down the definition of marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

The measure has deleted the terms "husband" and "wife" from the state's marriage law, and replaced the terms with the term "spouse" all... read more

US federal appeals court refuses to block Dish from streaming broadcast content to devices online

In a court ruling which marked a legal triumph for Dish Network on Monday, the U. S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals turned down Fox Broadcasting Co's appeal for an injunction against Dish's controversial `Hopper DVR' technology.

In its appeal seeking the injunction, Fox had asserted that... read more

Judge allows Corinthian not to disclose its dire financial condition

California Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow in San Francisco gave a big relief to Corinthian Colleges Inc. by not forcing it to disclose its potential financial risks.

The office of California Attorney General Kamala Harris had asked the court to order Corinthian Colleges to disclose... read more

Snake hoarder sentenced to 100 hours of community service

A Southern California man was sentenced to 100 hours of community service for failing to provide proper care to hundreds of snakes that he kept at his home.

William Buchman, 53, pleaded guilty in Orange County. Entering the misdemeanor plea, he admitted that he had 400 snakes in his home... read more

Calif. officially repeals marriage law that led to Proposition 8

California Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill into law that officially repealed the state's marriage law which had paved way for the controversial Proposition 8.

In 2008, California voters approved Proposition 8, a law that defined marriage between same-sex couples as illegal by... read more

Calif. senate committee approves Assembly Bill 2389 with amendments

A California senate committee on Tuesday approved a measure that would provide a multi million dollar state subsidy to help the state win manufacturing subcontracts for a new Air Force plane, but only after adding some amendments to limit its effect on the state's treasury.

The Senate... read more

Local beverage industry scores major victory over health advocates

California’s beverage industry scored a major victory over health advocates earlier this week when California lawmakers rejected a bill that would require producers of soda and sugary drinks to label their products with health warnings.

Lawmakers rejected the bill, which was authored by... read more

Authorities to probe illegal sterilization of female inmates

Dozens of female inmates in California prisons were sterilized without their consent and safeguards designed to limit such occurrences failed, an investigation of the state’s prison system revealed.

The Center for Investigative Reporting revealed that more than 100 female inmates received... read more

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