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SAN FRANCISCO - A special Judicial Council task force studying possible reforms in the state's appellate process is preparing...


Standing Firm

Sep. 12, 1998
By Jean Guccione

It's been more than a decade since the California Judges Association was last led by an appellate justice. And Justice Willia...



County May Bail on Paying Verdict with Bond

Sep. 12, 1998
By Martin Bergn

County officials appear ready to abandon an unusual proposal to pay off a huge police misconduct verdict through a bond sale,...


A Southern California family - whose financial feuds led to a series of secretly taped conversations and accusations of attem...



In a moment that was jokingly interpreted as a right-wing conspiracy , "cybergossip" Matt Drudge, who in January divulged the...


Nurse Pleads Guilty to Robbery, Murder

Sep. 12, 1998
By Mathew Heller

RIVERSIDE - A former nurse alleged to be Riverside County's first female serial killer has avoided a possible death penalty b...



SAN FRANCISCO - Relying on a seldom-used section of the California Corporations Code, a coalition of nearly 30 activists - ra...


SAN FRANCISCO - To the relief of church-owned hospitals, the California Supreme Court strongly indicated on Thursday that it ...



Los Angeles County prosecutors have made what is believed to be a rare decision to again seek capital punishment for a murder...


Tackling the Giants

Sep. 12, 1998
By Anthony Aarons

Armed with $23 million and an aggressive plan to offer case law and codes from all 50 states, Kyle Parker is hoping to muscle...



Four months after Sen. Dianne Feinstein interviewed five candidates for the next U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, the process re...


Customs Agent Pleads Guilty

Sep. 11, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - A federal customs agent whose acceptance of a kickback from a drug informant threw a major international drug...



SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court indicated sympathy Wednesday for a 9-year-old boy who suffered a partially paral...


SANTA BARBARA - A jury here on Wednesday found that although Southern California Edison was negligent for improper maintenanc...



A legal secretary has sued her former employer, Troop, Steuber, Pasich, Reddick & Tobey, for defamation, claiming the Los...


Buried Alive

Sep. 11, 1998
By Cheryl Romo

For Rafael Lopez, life lost its meaning two years ago when his children were killed, allegedly by their mother, during a cust...



Federal Judges Decry 'Overlong' Sentencing Rules

Sep. 11, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - While reluctantly approving 95-year and 50-year prison terms imposed on two Fresno State football scholarship...


Attorneys Claim Malicious Prosecution

Sep. 10, 1998
By Denise Levin

Two attorneys have filed a lawsuit against Liner, Yankelewitz, Sunshine & Regenstreif for malicious prosecution, claiming...



Jury Convicts Man in Riverside Deputies' Death

Sep. 10, 1998
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

RIVERSIDE - A Riverside jury has convicted a Whitewater man of first-degree murder for ambushing and shooting two Riverside Co...


Sounds of Silence or Fighting Words

Sep. 10, 1998
By Mathew Heller

RIVERSIDE - Despite suffering a near-fatal medical catastrophe in 1991 that left him with a speech defect, Patrick F. Dutton a...



VISTA - Franklin J. Mitchell Jr. expects to retire from the San Diego Superior Court at year's end. What's unexpected is that ...


McGwire Hits It Big, as the IRS Strikes Out

Sep. 10, 1998
By Tom Orewyler

You can add the Internal Revenue Service to the list of people who have suddenly become baseball fans in St. Louis Cardinals'...



Law Balances Public Safety, Due Process

Sep. 10, 1998
By Peter Blumberg

SACRAMENTO - Should prison officials be able to revoke an inmate's parole before he is released if they find he has a mental ...


SAN FRANCISCO - A divided federal appeals court has sanctioned a Los Angeles lawyer by dismissing his client's job-injury cla...



Paul Mundie of S.F.'s Heller Ehrman Dies at 54

Sep. 9, 1998
By Pamela Mc Clintock

SAN FRANCISCO - Paul Joseph Mundie, a shareholder of Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe, died in his sleep Tuesday night at ...


San Diego Judicial Ratings Scrutinized

Sep. 9, 1998
By Marty Graham

SAN DIEGO - Three attorneys' groups have asked for review of the San Diego County Bar Association's judicial evaluations, say...



Fallout

Sep. 9, 1998
By Cindy Simmons

SEATTLE - The lawsuit of people who claim they became sick because of exposure to Hanford nuclear reservation emissions was na...


A 20-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department has sued his employer, claiming the department retaliated against him af...



Taking It to the Limits

Sep. 9, 1998
By David Pike

WASHINGTON - Once more, the Supreme Court is set to delve into the knotty, highly charged "takings" issue that has arisen with...


WASHINGTON - Late last week, Senate Democrats thwarted a Republican-led effort to force a floor vote on a major juvenile crim...