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September 7 Digest

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 07, 2016

State supreme court reinstates disbarred ex-prosecutor

In a rare action, the California Supreme Court voted 6-1 to reinstate the license of a disbarred former San Francisco prosecutor after his attorneys showed evidence he had recovered from the drug addiction that destroyed his career. Robert Roland, 45, who was disbarred in 2007 following his conviction on federal drug charges, was notified Tuesday that he can now practice law again, according to his attorney, Joanna Sheridan.
-- NBC Bay Area

 

On death row, condemned inmates offer surprising views on effort to end death penalty in California

California voters face two capital punishment choices on the November ballot: End the death penalty or speed the way for execution. On death row, inmates are conflicted on the prospects of one-shot appeals, mandated lawyer assignments and simplified execution rules meant to rekindle a capital punishment system that hasn’t executed anyone in a decade, or the simple alternative, throw out the death penalty in favor of life without parole.
 -- Los Angeles Times

 

After months behind bars, the face of the armed Oregon occupation goes on trial

For weeks in Oregon’s rugged backcountry, the two brothers were the face of the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge — two men dressed in flannel and cowboys hats with copies of the Constitution jammed in their breast pockets. Now Ammon and Ryan Bundy — behind bars since the occupation wound down after the shooting death of one protester and the systematic arrests of others — are headed to trial in Portland for their alleged leading role in taking over the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
 -- Los Angeles Times

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