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August 29 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, August 29, 2016

Judge declines to halt California's End of Life law

A judge refused Friday to temporarily halt a new California law that allows doctors to prescribe a fatal dose of drugs to terminally ill people in pain who wish to end their lives. Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia in Riverside denied a request to issue a temporary injunction by those seeking to thwart the measure signed into law earlier this year by California Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr.
 -- USA Today


Jewelry, wine, clothing and sports tickets: D.A. collects more than $10,000 worth of gifts

Los Angeles County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey has accepted more than $10,000 worth of gifts over the last four years from criminal defense attorneys, police unions, business owners, prosecutors in her office and others who could have an interest in influencing her decisions as one of the most powerful law enforcement officials in the county, according to state records. The gifts include necklaces and a pearl box, sporting event tickets, bottles of wine, clothing and a glass rose dipped in 24-carat gold, the records show.
 -- Los Angeles Times


Out of money, Judicial Council delays courthouse plans

The Judicial Council on Friday delayed plans for 17 future courthouses around the state as branch leaders acknowledged that revenues feeding the construction program have plummeted. The delay order was issued for one project each in El Dorado, Glenn, Imperial, Inyo, Lake, Mendocino, Sacramento, Santa Barbara, Shasta, Siskiyou, Sonoma, Stanislaus and Tuolumne counties.
 -- The Recorder


Feds oppose plan to protect California court reporters' jobs

Federal antitrust officials on Friday warned against a California bill in the making that would limit California courts' ability to outsource court reporting, saying the plan could increase court costs and jeopardize judicial integrity. Assemblyman Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, had asked for the Department of Justice Antitrust Division's views on a bill that would restrict state courts ability to hire nonunion, private contractors.
 -- Courthouse News Service


Unscrupulous attorneys prey upon immigrants held in federal detention, advocates say

It was only too easy for legal assistant Hector Alfonso Sanchez to pose as an immigration lawyer and solicit clients locked up in federal detention. Sanchez traveled from his office in San Antonio to detention centers across the country to interview immigrants and accept payment, according to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, which earlier this year secured an injunction barring him from advertising, performing or accepting money for immigration consulting services.
 -- Los Angeles Times

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