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August 4 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 4, 2016

Alameda County settles suit over ‘humiliating’ conditions for women at Santa Rita Jail

Santa Rita Jail in Dublin will provide female inmates with basic amenities such as trash bags and menstrual pads and improve training for deputies after four women plaintiffs reached a $130,000 settlement Monday with Alameda County. The plaintiffs — Anne Weills, Tova Fry, Alyssa Eisenberg and Mollie Costello — sued the county, claiming that sheriff’s deputies violated their civil rights. By Matt Beagle — KQED

Walnut Creek attorney disbarred, allegedly failed to prepare client's will

Tina Tran, an attorney who practices in Walnut Creek, was disbarred March 18 after being charged with five violations of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Business and Professions Code. In the official Supreme Court document, it explained that Tran failed to participate, either in person or through counsel; therefore, a default admission of guilt was accepted. By Kerry Goff — Northern California Record

Texas agrees to soften voter ID law after court order

An agreement reached Wednesday would weaken Texas’ strict voter identification law and allow residents to cast ballots in November’s election even if they have none of the seven identifying documents that the law recognizes. The accord, filed with the Federal District Court in Corpus Christi, followed a July 20 ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit that the Texas law violated the 1965 Voting Rights Act. By Michael Wines — The New York Times

Supreme Court blocks transgender victory on bathrooms

The Supreme Court sided Wednesday with a Virginia school board opposed to the Obama administration's directive that transgender students be allowed their choice of public bathrooms. The justices blocked a federal appeals court ruling against the Gloucester County School Board while they consider whether to hear the case. By Richard Wolf— USA Today

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