In a ruling that could signal tougher scrutiny of capital cases by California’s highest court, Gov. Jerry Brown’s three appointees have joined a fourth justice to overturn a death sentence that a previous majority had voted to uphold. Monday’s 4-3 vote by the state Supreme Court granted a new penalty trial to Gary Grimes, to determine whether he should be resentenced to death or to life in prison without parole for his role in the murder of a 98-year-old Shasta County woman.
-- San Francisco Chronicle
The reaction has been swift, viral and unrelenting. Shortly after Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky sentenced an ex-Stanford University swimmer to only six months in jail for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, the victim’s emotional 12-page court statement appeared online, where it was read by 13 million people — including Vice President Joe Biden, Silicon Valley influencers and Hollywood stars.
San Diego immigration attorney Christopher Macaraeg has been disbarred after being accused of repeatedly missing court deadlines, prompting judges to dismiss his clients' cases, according to the State Bar of California. Macaraeg has an office in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
-- NBC 7 San Diego
After failing to win a conviction in two separate trials, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday took the uncommon step of dropping felony charges against a black motorist accused of assaulting a white sheriff's deputy by driving toward him on a narrow mountain road. It was a case that embodied both the safety concerns of law enforcement that suspects are increasingly prone to attack them, and of minority residents who feel cops disproportionately subject them to deadly force.
-- Bay Area News Group
California could soon follow in New York's footsteps and become the second state to require law students to complete 50 hours of pro bono work before becoming lawyers. Sen. Marty Block of San Diego introduced the bill, which landed on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk after it passed in the state Assembly and Senate this month.