Governor Schwarzenegger’s been accused of cozying up to the prison guards’ union, but today the union endorsed his opponent, Phil Angelides. What does that mean for politics and prison reform? Also, can creditors seize the right to publicize OJ Simpson’s name, face and image?
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After 30 years of community organizing, Latinos have not closed the socioeconomic gap with white Americans and they're "not ready" for "leadership at the highest levels." That's according to Antonio Gonzalez, president of the William Velasquez Institute. The San Antonio, Texas-based Institute is sponsoring the National Latino Congreso, which begins tonight in Los Angeles, California.
Two of Arnold Schwarzenegger's directors of prisons resigned this year charging that the prison guards' union had too much influence in the Governor's office. John Hagar, a court-appointed federal watchdog accursed Schwarzenegger of reneging on promised prison reforms, also because of the union. But now the 31,000-member California Correctional Peace Officers Association--one of Sacramento's most powerful players--has endorsed rival gubernatorial candidate, Democrat Phil Angelides. Will prison reform become an issue in this year's campaign?
After his acquittal on charges of murder, OJ Simpson was slapped with a $33.5 million judgment in civil court, which held him liable for two killings. But the survivors of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman say all they've received is $382,000 for Simpson's Heisman Trophy and other personal items. Now Fred Goldman, Ron's father, is in court again, demanding that he be assigned the "right of publicity" for Simpson's name, face and image.
Jay Dougherty, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School
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