US Court of Appeals

Snowmobile Access Upended


In a victory for Montana environmentalists, a federal appeals court found the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to minimize snow mobile damage on 3.5 million acres of wild lands failed to pass legal muster. Although the Forest Service plan actually reduced…

Defeat in Arizona Bilingual Challenge


A 20-year legal battle claiming Arizona failed to adequately fund its bilingual teaching program lost a significant federal appeals challenge Monday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held the state’s current programs constitute “appropriate action” under the Equal Education Opportunities…

No Lawyer? Get Resentenced


An investment advisor who was sentenced to 16-years in prison for a $3.5 million fraud, won resentencing Friday because the trial judge allowed victims to testify during sentencing without the defendant’s lawyer present. Steven Yamashiro, of Pasadena, will get a…