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May 26 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 26, 2016

Google Defeats Oracle in $9 Billion Copyright Case

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco federal jury has sided with Google Inc. in its copyright clash with Silicon Valley rival Oracle Corp. In a verdict handed down Thursday, 10 Bay Area jurors found that Google’s use of basic elements of the Java programming language to build its Android mobile operating system was a fair use under federal copyright law.  By Ross Todd— The Recorder


California Supreme Court to weigh in on juvenile sentences

The California Supreme Court is set to decide whether a mandatory criminal sentence of 50 years to life for a juvenile convicted of a killing violated the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment. The ruling expected Thursday comes amid heightened scrutiny of sentences for juveniles. The U.S. Supreme Court in a 2012 ruling said that children are more likely to be impetuous, fail to appreciate risks and be vulnerable to peer pressure and home environment. By Sudhin Thanawala — The Associated Press

State Supreme Court won’t hear Saucedo’s petition

The California Supreme Court has denied a petition to review the decision to remove former Tulare County Superior Court Judge Valeriano Saucedo from the bench. Saucedo filed the petition with the state’s high court in response to the California Commission on Judicial Performance’s decision onDec. 1 to end his 40-year legal career for judicial misconduct following an investigation of claims by a clerk, Priscilla Tovar, that the judge tried to entice her in 2013 by giving her $26,000 in gifts and using his position as her boss to intimidate her into a personal relationship. By David Castellon — Visalia Times-Delta


Lawyers debate merit of Monsanto case

Lawyers for Monsanto on Wednesday asked a federal judge in San Diego to toss out the test case in a novel legal strategy aimed at holding the corporate giant responsible for millions in cleanup costs associated with chemical pollution in West Coast bays and rivers. The motion to dismiss rested heavily on a technical argument that the city and the Port of San Diego have no legal standing to bring a public nuisance claim against the company for pollution from polychlorinated biphenyls, better known as PCBs. By Joshua Emerson Smith — San Diego Union-Tribune

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