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September 2 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, September 6, 2016

State Bar asks high court for authority to collect dues

With the Legislature deadlocked on the State Bar’s proper role, the legal organization turned to the California Supreme Court on Thursday, for the first time in nearly two decades, for authority to stay afloat by collecting dues from the state’s 243,000 lawyers. The Assembly and state Senate adjourned for the year Wednesday without agreeing on a bill that would provide the bar with its source of operating income for 2017.
 -- San Francisco Chronicle


Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner released from jail

Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside of a campus fraternity party, was released from a Santa Clara County jail early Friday after serving half of a six-month sentence. Turner, 21, walked out of the front doors of the Main Jail in San Jose at 6:07 a.m.
 -- San Francisco Chronicle


Chuck Grassley reassures Republicans he’s still against confirming Merrick Garland

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, insisted on Wednesday that he doesn’t plan on having a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland during Congress’ lame-duck session if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency. During a question-and-answer session at the Sioux City Rotary Club on Monday, Grassley said he was personally opposed to having hearings if Clinton won the election, but added that he wouldn’t get in the way if a majority of senators disagreed with him.
 -- The Huffington Post

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