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History of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act
December 20, 2014
In 1978 the US Congress passed the Pregnancy Discrimination Act as an amendment to the sex discrimination section of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Prior to the Act, there were various Supreme Court cases that dealt with issues of employment discrimination against pregnant women and demonstrated a ne....... [more]

Ninth Circuit Ruling in Gun Permit Case Elevates Form Over Substance
December 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Glenn C. Smith of California Western School of Law discusses the Ninth Circuit's denial of intervention in Peruta v. County of San Diego..."You snooze, you lose." At first blush, this maxim seems to capture the essence of the US District Court for the Ninth Circuit's November....... [more]

California DNA collection law struck down
December 5, 2014
California's First District Court of Appeals on Wednesday struck down a California law which requires the collection of DNA from anyone arrested on suspicion of committing a felony. The case had been remanded from the California Supreme Court with orders to affirm the law due to the decision rendere....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule on disability rights, EPA cases
November 26, 2014
The US Supreme Court granted certiorari in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires law enforcement to accommodate a mentally ill, violent and armed suspect when taken int....... [more]

China high court to investigate ways to reduce death penalty crimes
November 24, 2014
China's highest court, the Supreme People's Court will investigate ways of reducing the number of crimes punishable by death according to remarks by Hu Yunteng, a senior researcher at the Supreme People's Court, published Monday. Hu told a group of academics Saturday that the government must reduce....... [more]

Federal appeals court denies California AG's motion for rehearing in concealed carry case
November 14, 2014
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the motion to intervene on Wednesday in the case of Edward Peruta v. County of San Diego. In February 2013 the Ninth Circuit held the permit review process established by San Diego County infringed upon the rights of Californians under the Second....... [more]

California gun dealers challenge law limiting advertisments
November 12, 2014
A group of California gun dealers filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday challenging a state law that limits their right to advertise. According to California Penal Code section 26820 it is unlawful for a gun dealer to display an advertisement outside of its store windows. The gun dealers argue tha....... [more]

California approves penalty reduction for some low level crimes
November 6, 2014
California voters on Tuesday approved Proposition 47, a ballot initiative reducing the penalties associated with certain low-level drug and property crimes, receiving 58 percent voter approval. Under the measure, crimes related to possession of drugs for personal use and theft of property worth $9....... [more]

California governor signs bill banning plastic bags
October 1, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed a bill issuing a statewide ban against single-use plastic bags. Beginning in July 2016 grocery and convenience stores across the state will be required to supply reusable, multi-purpose bags to customers to be sold for profit. This law, the first of....... [more]

California governor vetoes drone use regulation bill
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Sunday vetoed a bill that would have required law enforcement agencies to acquire a warrant before using drones for surveillance. In his veto message Brown expressed his belief that the measure went too far, stating that while there are "undoubtedly circumstances w....... [more]

California outlaws 'gay panic' homicide defense
September 29, 2014
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a homosexual....... [more]




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