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August 26 Digest

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 26, 2016
Updated: Monday, August 29, 2016

Judge in Stanford rape case asks for move to civil cases

The Santa Clara judge who has faced widespread criticism and a recall effort after sentencing a former Stanford University swimmer to six months in jail for sexual assault has voluntarily moved to civil court. The Santa Clara Superior Court released a statement Thursday saying Judge Aaron Persky will move to the civil court in San Jose.
 -- Los Angeles Times

Former DA Zellerbach may be disbarred for conviction

The State Bar of California has launched disciplinary proceedings against former Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach, who could be disbarred or suspended from practicing law because he vandalized campaign signs of a political rival two years ago. Zellerbach was caught on camera taking down signs for Mike Hestrin, who ultimately unseated Zellerbach as the county’s top prosecutor, in April 2014.
 -- The Desert Sun

 

Los Angeles entertainment lawyer pleads not guilty to molesting 14-year-old boy

An entertainment lawyer from Los Angeles was accused Thursday of using his title to seduce and molest a 14-year-old boy last year, prosecutors said. Benjamin Lawson Adams, 31, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of lewd acts upon a child and oral copulation of a person under 16, two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and one count of sodomy on a person under 16.
 -- Los Angeles Times

 

State attorneys reach tentative deal for 14 percent pay bump

A tentative agreement has been reached between state government’s legal corps and Gov. Jerry Brown. “This (Memorandum of Understanding) reflects an agreement designed to benefit all members of Bargaining Unit 2, address the structural pay concerns our unit has faced for years, and fix classification issues that have restricted promotional opportunities,” the union’s board wrote in the email to members and obtained by The Sacramento Bee.
 -- The Sacramento Bee

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