Scalia, who often mocked “nine unelected lawyers” in democracy, sprang into action by stopping vote counting in Florida. The governor of Florida then was Jeb Bush.
By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — Supreme Court Justice Marvin R. Baxter announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of his current term in January, opening the way for a more liberal majority on the state’s highest court. Baxter’s departure will give Gov. Jerry Brown, if re-elected, three seats on […]
By Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday that key job protections for teachers in California are unconstitutional, in a major loss for unions. The verdict represents a complete victory by attorneys who argued that state laws governing teacher layoffs, tenure and dismissals harm students by […]
By Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court decided Monday that teenagers may be sentenced to life without parole for some crimes, but judges also are free to hand down lighter sentences of 25 years to life. Prior to the unanimous ruling, California law had been interpreted as requiring judges […]