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July 25 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, July 25, 2016

Judge tentatively denies dismissal of Trump U. suit

A federal judge strongly indicated Friday he would allow a lawsuit to move forward against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump by former customers who contend they were defrauded by his defunct real estate program, Trump University. U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel issued a tentative oral ruling from the bench at the start of a hearing in San Diego on a motion to dismiss the case by Trump’s lawyers. The ruling came a day after Trump accepted the GOP nomination. By Greg Moran — San Diego Union-Tribune

State Bar urged to discipline lawyer accused of threatening council president

Two months ago, Encino attorney Wayne Spindler provoked widespread revulsion at Los Angeles City Hall, handing in a public speaker card featuring a series of racially incendiary drawings. The card showed pictures of a burning cross and man hung from a tree — images typically associated with the Ku Klux Klan — and used the N-word to describe City Council President Herb Wesson, who was presiding over that day’s meeting. By David Zahniser — Los Angeles Times

California's governor denies parole to former Manson follower

California Gov. Jerry Brown has denied parole to former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten, 66, who is serving a life sentence for her part in the cult's notorious killing spree in Los Angeles in 1969. In April, a California parole panel had recommended that Van Houten — the youngest of the cult leader's so-called family — be granted parole after decades of good behavior in prison, as we reported. By Merrit Kennedy — NPR

D.A.'s office recuses itself from sibling murder case after prosecutor's daughter is ID'd as victim

The Placer County district attorney’s office has recused itself from handling the case of a boy accused of killing his sister because of a “strong emotional connection” to one of its prosecutors — the father of the 13-year-old girl found dead this week inside his family home. Supervising Deputy Dist. Atty. Jeff Wood’s daughter, Ashley Wood, was found dead by her mother Tuesday in her bedroom at their home in Rocklin, 22 miles from Sacramento. By Veronica Rocha — Los Angeles Times

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