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October 11 Digest

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Dumanis says talk of her stepping down early 'just speculation'

District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis acknowledged Monday that there has been talk about the possibility of her stepping down from office before her term ends, but she said she hasn’t made any decisions about her political future. “I have not decided yet whether I’ll seek re-election in 2018,” she said in a phone interview. By Dana Littlefield — San Diego Union-Tribune


Explainer: Why and how kids end up in adult court

In 2000, Californians passed Proposition 21, a tough-on-crime measure that found success in the wake of heightened fears of a surge in youth crime in the 1990s. While that surge in crime didn’t come to pass, Proposition 21 had a big impact. By Laura Klivans — KQED


UC-Berkeley denies bias in discipline of ex-dean

The UC Regents have asked a federal judge in San Francisco to turn back a request from former UC-Berkeley law dean Sujit Choudhry to block a disciplinary investigation related to sexual harassment allegations against him. In court papers filed late Thursday evening, the school's lawyers at Munger, Tolles & Olson wrote that it would be inappropriate for U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg to interfere with the school's ongoing disciplinary proceeding, which has yet to run its course. By Ross Todd — The Recorder


If Harris wins Senate seat, Brown gets important appointment

California’s attorney general, the state’s top lawyer and law enforcer, is chosen by the voters, as provided by the state Constitution since 1849. But there’s a good chance the state’s next AG will be picked by Gov. Jerry Brown. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle


U.S. top court to hear Apple-Samsung feud over iPhone designs

After five years of litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on Tuesday in the bitter patent dispute between the world's two top smartphone manufacturers over the amount Samsung should pay Apple for copying the iPhone's distinctive look. The justices' ruling, due by the end of June, could have a long-term impact for designers and product manufacturers going forward because the Supreme Court, if it agrees with Samsung, could limit the penalties for swiping a patented design. By Andrew Chung — Reuters

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