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June 29 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Manson murderer's 'disturbingly distorted' views should prevent her release from prison, D.A. says

The Los Angeles County district attorney has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to deny parole for former Manson “family” member Leslie Van Houten, who was convicted along with other members of the cult in the 1969 killings of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. In a letter dated Friday, Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey told the governor that she “strongly” opposed releasing Van Houten, calling her unsuitable for parole and a threat to public safety. By Matt Hamilton — Los Angeles Times

California may take closer look at treatment courts for veterans

Of California’s 58 counties, 25 operate courts for veterans, including six in the Bay Area. They allow vets with substance abuse issues or mental health problems to be placed in treatment rather than prison or jail. By Katie Orr — KQED

California ditches bid to copyright state records

A contentious proposal giving California complete copyright authorization over public records has been dismantled by lawmakers following prudent opposition from a coalition of free-speech and open-government advocates. Assembly Bill 2880 initially sought to give records created at taxpayer expense, including legislative reports, maps and recorded hearings, federal copyright and trademark protections and allow state and county governments to control and even prohibit their use. By Nick Cahill — Courthouse News Service

How the two justices from California are moving the Supreme Court to the left

The Supreme Court ended its term this week with two liberal victories – on abortion and affirmative action – that reflect in part a deepening center-left alliance between Justices Anthony M. Kennedy and Stephen G. Breyer. Breyer is the most moderate of the court’s four Democratic appointees, and Kennedy is easily the most moderate of the four Republican appointees. By David G. Savage — Los Angeles Times

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