Posts Tagged ‘courts’

San Francisco rebuked for ‘fundamental’ abuse of property rights

Friday, October 24th, 2014

In an era in which eminent domain is routinely used to reward the wealthy and politically connected -- to the detriment of  poor and middle-class property owners -- it's easy to forget that property rights as conceived of in the U.S. Constitution are every bit as essential as free speech and the ri...

State Cuts Lead to Judicial Triage

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

July 31, 2012 By Dave Roberts “A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a free people. And three things could destroy that confidence and do incalculable damage to society: that people come to believe that inefficiency and delay will drain ev...

Time to bring back Calif. Justices of the Peace

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

July 2, 2012 By Michael Warnken Upon recent news of the state’s $16 billion dollar budget deficit, the legislature began making deep cuts in numerous programs. One of the most devastating cuts of $544 million was to the state judiciary. On June 13, there was a large rally in front of the Capital...

Goodwin Liu Mangles the Constitution

Thursday, July 28th, 2011
Goodwin Liu Mangles the Constitution

Gov. Jerry Brown's Tuesday appointment of Goodwin Liu to the California Supreme Court will continue the state's lurch to the Left. Liu clearly believes in a highly activist judiciary for which the U.S. Constitution and the California Constitution are as malleable as Silly Putty. He think our tra...

Making Public Pay for Budget Cuts

Monday, July 25th, 2011

JULY 25, 2011 By STEVEN GREENHUT Last year, one of my reporters and her adult son were walking in downtown Sacramento when a couple of young toughs tried grabbing her purse. She pulled back her purse, and the robbers lunged at the two of them, leaving the son's face covered in blood. Despite a fra...

California Divorce Invades World

Monday, April 25th, 2011
California Divorce Invades World

John Seiler: Another California plague is invading the world: our absurd divorce laws. You probably know comedian John Cleese from Monty Python's Flying Circus and numerous movies. Here's a report on his plight: Ms [Alyce Faye] Eichelberger received more than £12 million from the divorce in 2009,...

Free Lindsay Lohan!

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

John Seiler: California's state and city budgets are broke. Its prisons and jails are jammed to overcrowding. But Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner just sentenced actress Lindsay Lohan to 120 days in jail for violating her drunk-driving probation. That's because courts now...

Govt. Fights Citizens' Right to Know

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

APRIL 12, 2011 By TORI RICHARDS A recent appellate court decision could have far-reaching impact on whether citizens can successfully fight government agencies for documents under the California Public Records Act. Attorneys battling for public records only have one big hammer -- attorneys' fee...

Stalking Law Hurts Small Claims Courts

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

MARCH 22, 2011 By STAN BRIN California’s Small Claims Courts are in trouble. Every year, fewer people take their cases before the local Judge Judy. But no one seems to know why this is happening, or even that the problem exists -- or even if it is a problem at all. In 20 years, annual Small Cla...