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October 6 Digest

Posted By Paula Collis, Thursday, October 6, 2016

Harsher penalties for prosecutors in state who withhold evidence

California lawmakers and the State Bar are taking steps to crack down on prosecutors who withhold evidence that might have helped a criminal defendant. Until now, prosecutors who have broken the rules in California have rarely been punished. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle



Uninsured hospital charges may be ‘unconscionable’

In a potentially significant victory for the uninsured, the high out-of-pocket charges imposed on self-pay patients for emergency room treatment may be “unconscionable” and thus illegal, a California appeals court heldWednesday. The Fourth District Court of Appeal reinstated the class action case of Gene Moran saying he had raised sufficient evidence that out-of-pocket hospital charges by Prime Healthcare Services Inc. in Huntington Beach for self-pay patients may be unconscionable. By Pamela A. MacLean — Trial Insider


Monrovia attorney disbarred for multiple professional conduct violations

Nicholas Hrant Lambajian, who practiced law in Monrovia, was disbarred May 28 and ordered to comply with the California Rules of Court. Lambajian was disbarred after his default was entered for failing to appear at his disciplinary trial for failing to comply with the terms of his disciplinary probation. By Kerry Goff — Northern California Record


Marin judicial candidates reach final stretch after long slog

Since surviving a nine-way primary in June, the two remaining candidates for an open Marin judgeship have been raking the county for endorsements and contributions. By that measure, Sheila Lichtblau, a deputy county counsel, has the edge over Michael Coffino, a deputy public defender, heading into the Nov. 8 election. By Gary Klien — Marin Independent Journal

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