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July 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 11, 2016

This new California law could dramatically change the demographics of its electorate

California recently passed the New Motor Voter Act, a law designed to register eligible residents to vote by default when they use the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), unless they decline. Other states have or are considering similar laws. By Eric McGhee and Mindy Romero — Washington Post

Case over bar records heads to trial

A long-running lawsuit against the State Bar seeking demographic and other information about prospective lawyers heads to trial this week. The suit — initially brought in 2008 by UCLA School of Law Professor Richard Sander, former bar board member Joe Hicks and the First Amendment Coalition — will receive a bench trial before San Francisco Superior Court Judge Mary E. Wiss. By Lyle Moran — Daily Journal

Federal judge slams fired Newport Beach cop's lawsuit as junk

A federal judge is on the verge of dismissing a fired Newport Beach cop's wrongful termination lawsuit, calling the complaint "largely incoherent" and "often nonsensical." Inside the Ronald Reagan Federal Courthouse in Santa Ana, U.S. District Court Judge Andrew J. Guilford determined that Eric Peterson's 14-claim civil complaint involving two former Orange County police chiefs, city officials as well as police management has not stated a valid legal case of his victimization. By Scott Moxley — OC Weekly


U.S. Supreme Court may be at turning point, UCI law school dean tells Newport audience

More than 100 Newport Beach residents and dignitaries rose early Thursday to hear from UC Irvine School of Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky about how the U.S. Supreme Court may be headed to a new era following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "Everything changed in the Supreme Court on Saturday, Feb. 13, when Justice Scalia died," Chemerinsky said at the Wake Up Newport event presented by the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. By Alex Chan — Los Angeles Times

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, no fan of Donald Trump, critiques latest term

Unless they have a book to sell, Supreme Court justices rarely give interviews. Even then, they diligently avoid political topics. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg takes a different approach. These days, she is making no secret of what she thinks of a certain presidential candidate. By Adam Liptak — The New York Times

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