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October 17 Digest

Posted By Paula Collis, Monday, October 17, 2016

Judge Kreep faces discipline from state judicial commission

The state judicial discipline agency has charged San Diego Superior Court Judge Gary Kreep with misconduct stemming from his 2012 campaign win, as well as for a series of remarks he has made while on the bench about women and the racial and ethnic background of others. The formal charges issued publicly Friday by the Commission on Judicial Performance accuse Kreep of willful misconduct, conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice and improper action. By Greg Moran — San Diego Union-Tribune



Contra Costa: Judge jails judicial reform advocate who discussed divorce online

In a decision First Amendment experts have dubbed “outrageous,” a Contra Costa Superior Court judge jailed a San Ramon man for writing about his divorce on the internet — even though his writings were based on material publicly available in court files. The judge, Bruce C. Mills, insisted in his decision that “matters that are put into court pleadings and brought up in oral argument before the court do not become public thereby” — a position that lawyers say fundamentally misunderstands the nature of court records. By Nate Gartrell — East Bay Times


California abortion-information law upheld by court

California can require hundreds of antiabortion clinics known as “crisis pregnancy centers” to notify their patients that the state makes abortion and other reproductive health care available at little or no cost, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. The law, which took effect in January, does not violate freedom of speech or religion because it merely requires the clinics to provide accurate information about health care that the patients have a right to receive, said the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. By Bob Egelko — San Francisco Chronicle


Opening of new $555 million San Diego courthouse delayed

The opening next year of the new Superior Court building in downtown San Diego has been delayed, court officials said. The $555 million, 22-story building at the corner of Union and C streets was to be completed at the end of this year. By Greg Moran — San Jose Mercury News


California judge salaries become bone of political contention

A minuscule pay raise for California's judges has revived a longstanding conflict over judicial pay, and a statute designed to take politics out of judges' salaries that is doing just the opposite. The Judicial Council, the rule-making body for the courts in California, sent shockwaves throughout the judiciary when it sent a memo to all the judges, telling them they would be receiving a mere 1.36 percent increase. By Maria Dinzeo — Courthouse News Service

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