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August 24 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, August 25, 2016

Court again upholds California's 'gay aversion' therapy ban

A federal appeals court has for the second time upheld California's first-in-the nation ban on so-called gay aversion therapy. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday tossed out a San Diego pastor's legal challenge to the counseling ban Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law in late 2012.
The Associated Press


SF court casts doubt on cockfighting as a deportable crime

Cockfighting is a crime in all 50 states, but it may not be the type of gravely immoral offense that requires deportation of any noncitizen who commits it, a federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Tuesday. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2013 decision by the Board of Immigration Appeals, the nation’s top immigration court, that classified cockfighting as a crime of “moral turpitude.”
 -- San Francisco Chronicle


Illegal drugs are flowing into California's most guarded prisons — and killing death row inmates

Condemned murderer Michael Jones was acting strangely and profusely sweating when guards escorted him in chains to the San Quentin medical unit that doubles as the psych ward on death row. “Doggone, I don’t think you’re ever going to see me again,” he told a fellow inmate, Clifton Perry.
 -- Los Angeles Times


Warrant for former DA Paul Zellerbach in wiretap case

A judge issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach after he failed to appear at a court hearing to answer questions about an eavesdropping operation so vast it once accounted for nearly a fifth of all U.S. wiretaps. The warrant, however, will not be sent to law enforcement for Zellerbach to be arrested unless he does not show up for another hearing on wiretaps, now scheduled for Sept. 30.
 -- The Desert Sun and USA TODAY

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