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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Census Bureau should be able to use statistical sampling as a "quality check" on the traditional head co...


SACRAMENTO - Throwing out the bulk of a lawsuit by Gov. Pete Wilson, a trial judge ruled Monday that state outreach and recru...



Longtime S.F. Defender Moves to Academe

Dec. 1, 1998
By Laura Impellizzeri

SAN FRANCISCO - Peter G. Keane, the county's chief deputy public defender, was named the new dean of Golden Gate University's...


On the List

Dec. 1, 1998
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

RANCHO CUCAMONGA - Gilbert Delgadillo thought his past was behind him. Between taking care of his son, working on a college d...



NAPA - Though Philip A. Champlin regards himself as a mere cog in the wheels of justice, that unassuming opinion of himself be...


SANTA ANA - Orange County's efforts to select a new marshal have become mired in controversy following accusations by several...



WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will hear arguments today on whether plaintiffs who allege fraud by their health care insurers ...


Predator Given Second Civil Commitment

Nov. 28, 1998
By Amy Bentley

VENTURA - A Ventura County jury this week voted for the first time to send a convicted rapist to a mental hospital for a seco...



Hope for the Holidays

Nov. 28, 1998
By Cheryl Romo

It was, said one aspiring young litigator, a "special experience." For another, it was the beginning of what he hopes will be...


Bar Gathers Its Dysfunctional, But Big, Family

Nov. 28, 1998
By Don De Benedictis

Here it is the holiday season, and the State Bar is planning a family get-together. The bar's special-interest sections will p...



WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court Monday will hear arguments in two politically driven cases that ultimately could alter th...


Louis R. "Skip" Miller testified Tuesday that he took seriously his pregnant law partner's requests for a reduced workload an...



Internet-Governing Board Under Fire

Nov. 26, 1998
By James Evans

SAN JOSE - Even before it enjoys official authority, the nonprofit organization slated to manage the Internet in the 21st cen...


Turkey Day Comes Early for HMO

Nov. 26, 1998
By Leslie Gordon, Jennifer Byrd & T. Scott

SAN FRANCISCO - Disability Rights Activists paid homage to the Thanksgiving season Tuesday with the group's second annual Tur...



Judge Guts Bulk of Employees Suit Against MWD

Nov. 26, 1998
By Denise Levin

As expected, a judge dismissed the bulk of a lawsuit Tuesday filed against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern Califo...


Nonbiological Father Is Ruled Dad

Nov. 26, 1998
By Jason Armstrong & Sean Windle

SAN BERNARDINO - A San Bernardino County judge ruled Tuesday that a Yucaipa man is the presumed father of a 5-year-old girl, ...



Possible Rivals Emerge in S.F. Prosecutors Race

Nov. 26, 1998
By Laura Impellizzeri

SAN FRANCISCO - The 1999 campaign for district attorney is heating up early, with a fund-raiser for Terence Hallinan set Dec....


One recent afternoon, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ricardo A. Torres looked out the windows of his sixth-floor County Cour...



WASHINGTON - While the justices vigorously guard their privacy, some tidbits about their off-the-bench conduct occasionally sl...


As Ski Season Opens, Court Offers Warning

Nov. 26, 1998
By Anna Marie Stolley

On his first trip to the Bear Mountain Ski Resort, John M. Van Dyke, an experienced skier, slammed into a signpost, which, ir...



SACRAMENTO - Its stated purpose seems simple: Keep dangerous sex offenders off the streets until they are mentally fit to retu...


Microsoft Trial Turns Focus to AOL's $4B Bid

Nov. 25, 1998
By Daniel Shaw

WASHINGTON - Both inside the courtroom where Microsoft Corp. is fighting antitrust charges and outside on the federal courtho...



Politics and the Bench Don't Mix

Nov. 25, 1998
By Jean Guccione

Breaking 12 years of self-imposed silence about his ouster, former state Supreme Court justice Cruz Reynoso lambasted former ...


Candidates Surface for Federal Bench in S.F.

Nov. 25, 1998
By Pamela Mac Lean

SAN FRANCISCO - The names of at least six potential candidates to replace U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson when he retir...



Whitewater figure Susan McDougal was acquitted Monday of charges she embezzled $50,000 from conductor Zubin Mehta and his wif...


Retired Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Gordon Ringer, who sat on the criminal courts bench for a quarter-century, presiding...



Defense Lawyers Win Big Victory from High Court

Nov. 25, 1998
By Anna Marie Stolley

A criminal defendant must prove he was innocent of the charges against him to win a malpractice suit against his lawyer, the ...


The city of Los Angeles will accept its $312 million portion of the multistate settlement with the tobacco industry, while the...



Rules Changed for State Commissioners, Referees

Nov. 24, 1998
By Philip Carrizosa

SAN FRANCISCO - After voicing concerns about creating a "bill of rights" for court commissioners and referees, the state Judi...


Commissioner's Fate Still a Mystery

Nov. 24, 1998
By Anne La Jeunesse

A decision is expected within the next 10 days regarding the professional fate of Glendale Municipal Court Commissioner Dona ...