- Making News: National Implications for California's Special Election?
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has called a special election for this November, but it's not just California politics that will be thrown into turmoil. The issues to be decided have national implications, says Professor Bruce Cain, who directs the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
- Reporter's Notebook: Star-Struck Jurors in California?
Criminal trials of celebrities lead to massive publicity and coverage that's less about legal issues than lifestyle. Michael Jackson's acquittal on all 10 charges related to child molestation is the latest example to raise the question of whether fame and fortune is an asset or a liability inside the jury room. Are celebrities prime targets for ambitious district attorneys? Are jurors more sympathetic to the rich and famous? We ask a veteran judge, criminal defense lawyer, and a journalist who's followed Michael Jackson-s legal tribulations for over a decade.
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