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California governor vetoes drone use regulation bill
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances w....... [more]

California outlaws 'gay panic' homicide defense
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a homosexual....... [more]

California governor signs law reforming school discipline
September 28, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law on a bill which will prohibit schools from suspending students without proving the pupil willfully defied teachers and administrators. The bill specifically eliminates schools' authority to suspend pupils from kindergarten through third gr....... [more]

Who Has Standing?
September 23, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Omar Subat, St. John's University School of Law, Class of 2015, is the author of the second article in a twelve-part series from the staffers of the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development. Subat discusses the US Supreme Court's decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry hold....... [more]

North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize same-sex marriage
September 13, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday ordered Arizona to issue a death certificate listing the deceased man as married and his same-sex partner as his surviving spouse. District Judge John Sedwick cited rulings in the past year overturning state bans on same-sex mar....... [more]

Federal judge approves settlement in eBay antitrust case
September 3, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Tuesday approved a settlement between federal antitrust authorities and eBay over allegations that eBay agreed to not to poach employees from rival companies. Judge Edward Davila presided over the settlement between eBay a....... [more]

California legislature bans plastic grocery bags
August 30, 2014
The California Legislature on Friday enacted a ban on the use of plastic grocery bags in the state. The bill , if signed into law, will become the first law of its kind in the US. Some cities and counties within the state have successfully enacted the ban but the law had not yet passed at the state....... [more]

Federal judge denies Apple request to ban Samsung phones, tablets
August 28, 2014
Judge Lucy Koh of the US District Court for the Northern District of California on Wednesday denied a request by Apple for a permanent injunction barring Samsung Electronics from selling products that infringe on Apple's patents. The Cupertino based tech company had sought to ban the sale of certain....... [more]

Immigration authorities settle lawsuit with ACLU
August 28, 2014
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) settled a federal lawsuit (text) on Wednesday, requiring US immigration authorities to ensure that undocumented Mexican immigrants are made aware of their right to a hearing before an immigration judge. The class action lawsuit, filed in June 2013, alleged t....... [more]

Federal judge strikes down California gun waiting period
August 27, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California has ruled that a California gun law that requires a 10-day waiting period for gun purchases cannot be applied to those who already own firearms. Senior Judge Anthony Ishii ruled that the law was unconstitutional and violated th....... [more]




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