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Criminal Law

New Procedural Rules for Habeas Corpus Petitions

To address a problem that threatens “to undermine the efficacy of the system for adjudicating petitions for collateral relief in cases involving the death penalty,” the California Supreme Court used the case of In re Reno (Aug. 30, 2012, S124660) to establish new “ground rules” when exhaustion of state remedies requires the petitioner to file a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in its court.

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Uncategorized

Justice George’s Surprising Retirement Timed for Schwarzenegger Replacement

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George announced yesterday that he is retiring after 38 years on the bench while he is “at the top of [his] game.” SF Gate reports that Justice George wants his successor to be appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, expressing “a great sense of reassurance in the exemplary level of appointments this governor has made” and in his “commitment to the judicial branch.”  

Schwarzenegger must appoint a successor by September 16th for that person to appear on the November ballot, explains the San Jose Mercury News, which reports that the governor’s office said it will “begin immediately working to fill the position.” The position heads both the state Supreme Court and the California Judicial Council, the policymaking arm of the state court system.

Justice George has been an influential judicial figure, writing important rulings on many issues, including the decision in In Re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 C4th 757, 76 CR3d 683, which declared the right of gays and lesbians to marry. On recognition of same-sex marriage in California, including a discussion of In Re Marriage Cases check out CEB’s California Domestic Partnerships §§4A.1-4A.8A (Cal CEB 2005).

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Employment Law

7 Wage and Hour Issues to Be Decided

Think you’re current with wage and hour law? Did you know that the California Supreme Court currently has 7 wage and hour cases on its docket? These cases involve some very interesting and important issues, including