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August 10 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Santa Clara County courts at a standstill as clerks' strike heads toward day 6

The Santa Clara Superior Court in downtown San Jose is part ghost town, part anger management session as a court worker strike waged on into a fifth day. The court usually bustles with people filing small claims and grabbing cases from the records department, but was nearly empty as clerks and janitors entered their fifth day of strike. By Matthew Renda — Courthouse News Service


Perjury trial begins for Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania attorney general

The perjury trial of the state attorney general, Kathleen G. Kane, began Tuesday with prosecutors accusing her of illegally releasing details of a secret grand jury investigation to the news media, and her defense lawyer arguing that she would not have risked her career by doing such a thing. Ms. Kane, a Democrat who is Pennsylvania’s first elected female attorney general, faces several charges, including perjury and obstruction.By Jon Hurdle — The New York Times

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Federal probe finds Baltimore Police Dept. racially discriminated in practices that target blacks

The Baltimore Police Department has engaged in years of racially discriminatory policing that targeted black residents, illegally detaining and searching people and using excessive force, the Justice Department concludes in a report released Tuesday. In a scathing review that includes the historical backdrop of Baltimore’s racially divided past, civil rights investigators declare that a “legacy of zero tolerance enforcement” that started in 1999 and officially ended a decade ago “continues to drive” the policing strategy of the city. By Peter Hermann, Lynh Bui and Matt Zapotosky — The Washington Post

Oracle fights back against Google’s attempt to sanction a lawyer after trial

A copyright dispute between Oracle and Google was resolved in May by a federal jury, which found that Google's Android operating system didn't infringe copyrighted code owned by Oracle. A post-trial skirmish over once-confidential Google information is heating up, though, with Google asking for sanctions against one of Oracle's lead attorneys. By Joe Mullin — Ars Technica

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