Judiciary Budget Boost


The recent spending measure approved by Congress included a $6.7 billion appropriation for the federal judiciary, a nearly 3 percent increase in discretionary funding over fiscal year 2014. This increase is roughly $187 million.  It will help courts to recover…

Juror Misconduct Not Always Fatal


In the sometimes rough and tumble of jury deliberations, a juror’s improper suggestion that a defendant’s failure to testify suggests guilt does not merit a new trial if the foreperson quickly corrects the improper discussion, the California Supreme Court has…

Two SF Cops Guilty of Corruption


Two former San Francisco police officers have been found guilty of corruption in a mixed verdict that found they conspired to steal money and property from suspects during searches, but rejected allegations of extortion and a conspiracy to distribute drugs.…