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Judiciary Budget Boost

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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…

Oh Sweet

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A federal judge has halted consideration of a class action against Mars Inc for allegedly misleading consumers about the calorie content of chocolate bars to give an appeals court time to resolve a similar case. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh…

Jaime Named Bankruptcy Judge

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Reno attorney Christopher Jaime has been named a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Sacramento-based Eastern District of California, Chief Judge Sidney Thomas announced Tuesday. Jaime, 47, will take over Jan. 2, 2015 to fill a vacancy from…

Two SF Cops Guilty of Corruption

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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.…

EPA Fails to Get the Lead Out

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Two Northern California environmental groups sued the Environmental Protection Agency last week to force regions in six states and Puerto Rico to produce plans to cut lead contamination in the air. The Center for Biological Diversity in San Francisco and…

Judge Says No to Nokia

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This may be the end of Nokia Corp.’s persistent pestering to seal files linked to Samsung’s leaks of Nokia’s licensing deals with Apple in the smartphone market, which cam before the long-running Apple iPhone versus Samsung Galaxy patent fight. U.S.…

Prisons Ordered to Speed Up Paroles

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California prison officials have been ordered to implement a new parole determination process that would speed up the parole of non-violent second-strike inmates and minimum security prisoners. The three federal judges overseeing the prison overcrowding case said Friday there is…