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June 1 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 02, 2016

California Assembly kills bill overhauling State Bar

In a clear rebuke to California’s system for regulating attorneys, the Assembly on Tuesday decisively rejected a bill that sought to overhaul the State Bar. A recent audit of the quasi-governmental agency lambasted it for a backlog of claims related to attorney misconduct, which the agency is tasked with investigating. By Jeremy B. White — The Sacramento Bee

 

Former Trump University workers call the school a ‘lie’ and a ‘scheme’ in testimony

In blunt testimony revealed on Tuesday, former managers of Trump University, the for-profit school started by Donald J. Trump, portray it as an unscrupulous business that relied on high-pressure sales tactics, employed unqualified instructors, made deceptive claims and exploited vulnerable students willing to pay tens of thousands for Mr. Trump’s insights. One sales manager for Trump University, Ronald Schnackenberg, recounted how he was reprimanded for not pushing a financially struggling couple hard enough to sign up for a $35,000 real estate class, despite his conclusion that it would endanger their economic future. By Michael Barbaro and Steve Eder — The New York Times


Campaigning for a judge's seat? A sexier title could get you elected — or sued

Every two years, candidates campaigning for judge in Los Angeles County follow the same trusted routine. Hang political signs. Vie for endorsements. And head to court to accuse rivals of lying about their ballot title. By Marisa Gerber — Los Angeles Times


Kamala Harris takes measured approach to probing SF cop shootings

In TV ads for her U.S. Senate campaign, California Attorney General Kamala Harris describes herself as fearlessly taking on “powerful” interests on behalf of “voiceless and vulnerable” Californians. But some civil rights advocates, legal scholars and community leaders say California’s top law enforcement official hasn’t done enough when it comes to investigating officer-involved shootings in San Francisco, where she was elected twice as district attorney. By Joe Garofoli — San Francisco Chronicle (sub. req.)


CA judges oppose bill to transfer judgeships

California trial judges are opposing the Judicial Council's latest political move, the introduction of a last-minute "gut and amend" bill that would allow the council to move five vacant judgeships among county courts. The effort has found an ally in the California Legislature with Assembly Member Jay Obernolte, a Republican from San Bernardino, recently signing on as a sponsor for the bill. By Maria Dinzeo — Courthouse News Service


US court: Police don't need warrant for cell tower records

Police don't have to get a search warrant to obtain records about cellphone locations in criminal investigations, a federal appeals court ruledTuesday in a case closely watched by privacy rights advocates. The 12-3 decision by the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a three-judge panel's ruling last year that the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure requires police to get a warrant for information obtained from cell towers. By Larry O'Dell — The Associated Press


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