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September 9 Digest

Posted By Paula Collis, Friday, September 9, 2016

Bill would require state courts to decide traffic amnesty claims within 90 days

A bill that would have allowed potentially millions of low-income Californians with traffic debt to regain or keep a valid driver’s license has been scaled back significantly to focus instead on expediting the state’s temporary traffic amnesty program. Gov. Jerry Brown has characterized the traffic court system as a “hellhole of desperation” for the poor.
 -- KQED


One of the few attorneys to force a gun maker out of business reflects on his case and the American firearms culture

For Californians, this has been a pretty good summer for gun control. In July, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a package of bills that put some common-sense restrictions on guns: background checks for ammunition purchases, outlawing the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, closing the “bullet button loophole” that allowed an end-run around California’s ban on assault rifles.
 -- Los Angeles Times


California court overturns death sentence over excused juror

The California Supreme Court has overturned the death sentence of a man convicted of murder in the slaying of three people during a 1994 robbery in Salinas. The court in a unanimous ruling Thursday said the judge presiding over Daniel Covarrubias' trial wrongly excused a prospective juror after the man indicated in a juror questionnaire that he opposed the death penalty.
The Associated Press


Prosecutors to announce results of criminal probe in Bay Area police sex scandal

A months-long investigation of a scandal that rocked the Oakland Police Department will come to a head Friday when the Alameda County district attorney's office is expected to announce whether criminal charges will be filed in connection with claims that officers had sex with a self-described teenage prostitute, in some instances when she was too young to consent. Alameda County Dist. Atty. Nancy E. O'Malley will make her announcement at noon in Oakland, completing the latest chapter in a controversy that has threatened the department's hopes of ending 13 years of federal oversight and caused a major shake-up in the agency’s command staff.
 -- Los Angeles Times

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