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September 19 Digest

Posted By Administration, Monday, September 19, 2016
Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2016

FBI sued over hack into San Bernardino terrorist's iPhone

The Associated Press and two other news organizations sued the FBI on Friday to learn who the government paid and how much it spent to hack into an iPhone in its investigation into last year’s San Bernardino, California, massacre. The lawsuit seeks records about the FBI’s contract with an unidentified vendor who provided a tool to unlock the phone belonging to Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife killed 14 people at a holiday gathering of county workers in December 2015. — The Associated Press


Lawsuit seeks millions in fines from 5 coastal commissioners, alleging 590 transparency violations

A lawsuit served this month against five California Coastal Commissioners could cost them millions of dollars in civil fines if the courts confirm hundreds of alleged transparency rule violations. Spotlight on Coastal Corruption, a small nonprofit organization formed solely to pursue the allegations, filed the lawsuit in San Diego County Superior Court in mid-August against Commissioners Erik Howell, Martha McClure, Wendy Mitchell, Mark Vargas and Steve Kinsey, the chairman. By Dan Weikel — Los Angeles Times


Yelp warns California lawsuit could scrub critical reviews

Yelp.com is warning that a California lawsuit targeting critical posts about a law firm could lead to the removal of negative reviews and leave consumers with a skewed assessment of restaurants and other businesses. Lawyer Dawn Hassell said the business review website is exaggerating the stakes of her legal effort, which aims only to remove from Yelp lies, not just negative statements, that damaged the reputation of her law firm. By Sudhin Thanawala — The Associated Press


State Bar urges suspension of former Merced County judge

A former Merced County Superior Court judge who stepped down last year amid allegations of ethical violations may have his law license suspended for two years for failing to disclose financial payments he received while on the bench. The State Bar Court of California recommended a two-year suspension for Marc A. Garcia. By Rob Parsons — Merced Sun-Star


California voters oppose ending state's death penalty

More than half of voters oppose a November ballot measure that would abolish the California death penalty, according to a new USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll conducted by SurveyMonkey. Proposition 62, which would replace capital punishment with life without parole, had 40% support among the 1,909 registered voters polled in September across the state. By Jazmine Ulloa — Los Angeles Times

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