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June 14 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Legal settlement may set precedent for detained immigrants seeking lawyers

Thousands of immigrants detained in facilities in northern California will enjoy improved access to legal counsel, following a major class action settlement that lawyers hope will set a nationwide precedent. The settlement will ensure detainees at four centres are permitted freer access to telephones in order to contact attorneys throughout their removal proceedings, a right they claimed was routinely denied due to unconstitutional restrictions that violated Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s own guidelines. By Olivia Laughland — The Guardian

Juror in Stanford sex assault case appalled by sentence

A juror who helped convict a former Stanford University student-athlete of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman complained to the judge about his "ridiculously lenient" six-month jail sentence, which the juror said made a mockery of the panel's verdict, a newspaper reported Monday. The Palo Alto Weekly published a letter that the juror sent Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky over the weekend to convey his shock and disappointment over the sentence 20-year-old Brock Turner received. — The Associated Press

East Bay attorney convicted of hit-and-run faces consequences if he lied to judge

A San Ramon attorney convicted in the 2012 hit-and-run death of a Chinese tourist in Dublin has finished serving his jail sentence, but he is not off the hook just yet. Spencer Freeman Smith, 36, pleaded no contest and was convicted of killing Bo Hu, 57, in March 2012. By Angela Ruggiero — East Bay Times

Court upholds Obama-backed net neutrality rules

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers treat all web traffic equally, delivering a major defeat to cable and telephone companies. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals sustained the FCC's latest net neutrality rules, which consumer groups and President Barack Obama had backed as essential to preventing broadband providers from blocking or degrading the Internet traffic. By Alex Byers — POLITICO

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