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A Los Alamitos police officer bitten by a California Highway Patrol dog cannot sue for the bite. The dog bite was an inherent ...


AIDS Insurance Case Goes Back to Trial Court

Dec. 1, 2000
By Dawn Piimanu

A man whose suit brought about a landmark decision barring insurance companies from denying disability benefits based on evide...



When artwork or sculpture meld into the architectural functions of a building, that eliminates copyright protection under a 19...


Decertify this! This week, the U.S. landscape looks - even more than usual - like it's been overrun by the big attack dogs of ...



Homeless Courts Seek Out Needy for Last Chance

Dec. 1, 2000
By Michael Jonathan Grinfeld

One of the men has a master's degree in human resources management and used to play semi-professional baseball before becoming...


After a long struggle, Joe Fernandez thought his years of bad luck, heroin addiction, prison and family tragedy were almost ov...



Prop. 36 Expectations Collide With Reality

Dec. 1, 2000
By Robert Selna

The challenges facing local officials trying to implement Proposition 36 - the "treatment not incarceration" initiative passed...


Not Enough

Dec. 1, 2000
By Staff Writer

Even though the state's Hispanic population is burgeoning, Latino attorneys are complaining that the number of Latino judges i...



David Grunwald didn't grow up dreaming of doing good. "I was a punk in high school," Grunwald recalled. Merle Haggard could do...


A Dream Denied

Nov. 30, 2000
By Susan Mc Rae

Eyes welling with tears, Anai Garrido Garcia sat on a narrow cot in the concrete-block dormitory at the Los Padrinos juvenile ...



Costly Protections

Nov. 30, 2000
By Columnist

The growing complexity of the conservatorship process in California has greatly increased the costs of starting a conservators...


Services will take place in Westwood Sunday for international tax lawyer J. Blake Lowe. Lowe died Nov. 16 at Century City Hosp...



Poverty Trap

Nov. 30, 2000
By Contributing Writer

The U.S. Census for 1990 reported that California has the highest number of single-parent, female-headed families in the Unite...


Aid Programs Help Alleviate Widespread 'Legal Poverty'

Nov. 30, 2000
By Contributing Writer

Discussions of inequality in 20th-century America focus on "social goods," such as medical care, housing, job security, enviro...



A Turkey for Edwards Sooy & Byron

Nov. 30, 2000
By Martin Kruming

Edwards, Sooy & Byron, whose roots date back to the late 1970s, is dissolving this week. "The primary reason [for closing]...


Order Bars Coors from Selling Mexican Brews

Nov. 30, 2000
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

SANTA ANA - Coors Brewing Co. had hoped to capitalize on Americans' taste for Mexican beers by launching its own line of south...



Forced Testimony Nixes Conviction

Nov. 30, 2000
By Dawn Piimanu

A woman's unwilling testimony against her husband has led an appellate court to reverse the Fullerton man's 26-years-to-life s...


Alternate Juror Denies Hearing Biased Remarks

Nov. 30, 2000
By David Houston

An alternate on the jury that convicted three Los Angeles Police Department officers of corruption-related charges denied Tues...



Commissioner Dismisses Murder Charge

Nov. 30, 2000
By Anne La Jeunesse

A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner has dismissed a murder charge against an alleged gang member in a case tinged with a...


Davis Names Five to Bench In Bay Area

Nov. 30, 2000
By Staff Writer

Five Bay Area attorneys were named to local superior court benches on Tuesday, bringing to 11 the number of new judicial appoi...



Environmentalists hope to open a new era in cleaning up California water pollution by asking state regulators to impose contro...


On a recent Wednesday afternoon, eight fresh-faced teens, wearing identical sweats, trooped single-file into a downtown Los An...



For 16 years, the city of Los Angeles has been playing a game of cat and mouse with a landlord whose housing violations have r...


WASHINGTON - Putting the brakes on police roadblocks, the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled, 6-3, that the Fourth Amendment is vi...



Local Law School Launches Immigration Clinic

Nov. 30, 2000
By Susan Mc Rae

Students interested in immigration law soon will get the opportunity to work on actual cases, when the University of Southern ...


Judge Finds No Evidence of Lawyer Misconduct

Nov. 29, 2000
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

SANTA ANA - An Orange County judge Monday denied a motion to dismiss the criminal case of a defendant who contended his lawyer...



Jury Convicts Man in GHB Death of Teen-ager

Nov. 29, 2000
By Tessa Jarrett

JOSHUA TREE - A Los Angeles man who provided the drug GHB to a teen-ager who died at an all-night party in the desert was conv...


Juror Does Not Remember Remarks

Nov. 29, 2000
By Anne La Jeunesse

An alternate juror in the recently concluded corruption trial of four Los Angeles police officers stated in a sworn affidavit ...



Orange County Board Sues Over Tobacco Funds

Nov. 29, 2000
By Michael Jonathan Grinfeld

SANTA ANA-- Miffed that voters forced them to spend most of $750 million in tobacco settlements proceeds on health care projec...


Appearances Are Deceiving

Nov. 29, 2000
By Ed Kimble

At first glance, Debbie Hoover doesn't seem the slightest bit crazy. And that's a real problem sometimes. "I get the feeling f...