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September 21 Digest

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 22, 2016

LA Superior Court agrees with feds to expand interpreters

The Los Angeles County Superior Court system will expand its free interpretation services for people with limited English skills under a settlement with the U.S. Justice Department. The agreement announced Tuesday brings and end to a complaint filed by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, which had said the court failed to provide free interpreters in civil cases and court operations. — The Associated Press

Fresno police lawyer suspended for mishandling friend’s estate

Larry Donaldson, the longtime lawyer for the Fresno Police Department, has been suspended from practicing law for 30 days and placed on three years of probation for mismanaging the estate of former Fresno City Attorney Harvey Wallace, according to State Bar of California documents. Donaldson, 75, said Tuesday that he’s embarrassed by his punishment, but said the allegations do not include misappropriation of any funds. By Pablo Lopez — The Fresno Bee

Are allegations of discrimination delaying cases at O.C. Superior Court system?

The state agency that oversees fair employment has launched an investigation into alleged job discrimination in the Orange County Superior Court system that union leaders say is delaying trials. Officials with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing said the investigation was triggered by complaints by nearly half of the court system’s 90 court reporters alleging age and gender discrimination. By Tony Saavedra — The Orange County Register

Longtime federal appeals court judge to be honored

Veteran federal appeals court Judge J. Clifford Wallace will receive an award recognizing his work on behalf of a national legal organization at a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court in November. The award recognizes someone who has contributed “distinguished, significant and exceptional leadership” to the efforts of the American Inns of Court. By Greg Moran — San Diego Union-Tribune

Court rejects class-action over lawyers for immigrant kids

A federal appeals court panel on Tuesday rejected a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of children who go without lawyers in deportation proceedings, despite saying that having kids represent themselves in such complex matters is "an extremely difficult situation." The lawsuit was filed two years ago in Seattle by immigrant rights advocates, following a flood of unaccompanied minors arriving at the U.S. border. — The Associated Press

Florida AG defends decision to take money from Trump

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi on Tuesday defended her decision three years ago to solicit $25,000 from Donald Trump at the same time questions were arising about Trump University. The Republican and former prosecutor said she had no regrets about asking Trump for money and no regrets about keeping the donation even after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had filed a lawsuit against Trump University. By Gary Fineout and Michael Biesecker — The Associated Press

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