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June 16 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 16, 2016

Prosecutors 'lack confidence' in Stanford sex assault judge — and that could be a big problem for him

The judge who sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail in a sexual assault case is facing a recall effort as well as demands that he be disciplined. But he’s also facing a different kind of threat from the local district attorney’s office. By Richard Winton — Los Angeles Times

See also: East Bay Times

Gov. Brown drops plan to curb private wage-and-hour litigation

Gov. Jerry Brown has dropped major portions of his plan to curb wage-and-hour litigation in the wake of heavy lobbying by the plaintiffs bar and organized labor. In his January budget proposal, Brown had asked the Legislature for numerous amendments to the 13-year-old Private Attorneys General Act, or PAGA, which allows workers to sue for alleged Labor Code violations when the state declines to act. By Cheryl Miller — The Recorder (sub. req.)

Judge dismisses lawyer from Chow case

A federal judge dismissed one of the lead attorneys who defended Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow at his recent murder and racketeering trial, after a closed hearing where he spoke with Chow for an hour. All three of Chow's attorneys-- Curtis Briggs, J. Tony Serra and Tyler Smith-- had moved earlier this month to withdraw from the case, citing "irreconcilable differences" in their filing. By Maria Dinzeo — Courthouse News Service

Yanking licenses over unpaid fines harms the poor, suit charges

A repayment program established by the state last year to protect low-income Californians from losing their driver’s licenses over unpaid traffic fines is not working in many California counties, according to a coalition of civil rights advocates, who say local courts are failing to take a person’s ability to pay into account. Led by the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, the coalition filed suit Wednesday against Solano County Superior Court — one of dozens, it says, that have been intractable on the issue — and warned 26 others that they could be next. By Michael Cabanatuan — San Francisco Chronicle

Are non-lawyers the future of law school? One school in Delaware thinks so

Cheryl Kettinger isn’t a lawyer, but she is a law school graduate. In 2012, Kettinger graduated from a special program at Widener University School of Law designed to educate people like her — those who work with the law but aren’t angling to become licensed attorneys. By Avi Wolfman-Arent — Newsworks

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