August 31, 2017 A New Jersey family has petitioned the state’s highest court to restore a $102 million judgment their grandson received after suffering extensive abuse as a result of a beating from his father. He was less than 12 months old at the time. The judgment was awarded against the child welfare system for…

August 10, 2016 In early June, Ohio joined a list of 24 states (plus Washington DC)  that allow the use of medical marijuana. As the Washington Post reported, John Kasich signed the bill into law as a compromise with medical marijuana advocates to limit more inclusive measures for marijuana use. The law includes the limitations of plant…

July 25, 2016 An eventual exoneration through DNA and related evidence does not give a defendant the right to seek damages in Iowa if he or she originally entered a guilty plea in the case. The decision by the Iowa Supreme Court, with potential implications for California, will not consider possible coercion in a confession…

March 10, 2016 On Jan. 20, 2016, the Supreme Court overturned a state death penalty case for three Kansas men. In an 8 to 1 vote, Justice Antonin Scalia detailed the significant crimes committed by two brothers, Reginald D. and Jonathan D. Carr. A separate case against Sidney Gleason for a double murder was included…

Although Obamacare won a strong victory when the U. S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in the King v. Burwell case, recent congressional activity indicates that challenges will continue. In fact, the New York Times editorial “The Fight for Healthcare Isn’t Over” clearly indicates that all government healthcare programs are facing repeated attempts to dismantle…

May 13, 2015 There’s something about superhero movies that keep audiences coming out in droves. The idea of stouthearted individuals taking on nefarious criminal elements, both natural and supernatural, plays into human beings’ love of the fantastic. Now it seems Californians don’t even have to head to the multiplex to look for crime fighters operating…

April 27, 2015 The saddest part about having a constitution that guarantees citizens the right to vote is having so few people actually take advantage of that right. This was evident in the 2014 mid-term elections in California, where voter turnout was a paltry 42%, a new low. The problem is an obvious one: more…

April 17, 2015 California has long prided itself on being one of the most progressive states in the nation. However, its collective liberal attitude has thus far failed to result in the legalization of marijuana. This is despite seeing other bastions of liberalism, such as Washington and Colorado, pass ballot measures bringing the little green…

February 23, 2015 A leukemia patient in California is taking to court a ban on assisted suicide. The issue has never been able to traverse beyond the dissent from voters and state legislatures, so 53-year-old Christie White, along with her lawyers and doctors will open a new avenue for proponents. Though advocates will continue their…

February 6, 2015 State Senator Ed Hernandez of Azusa has proposed Bill 151 which would make California the state with the oldest minimum smoking age in the US. In a statement released last Friday, Hernandez argues that raising the minimum age to 21 will reduce the number children and young adults who become exposed and…

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