California Courts in Crisis
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Court trials for small claims and complex civil complaints, misdemeanors and even felonies will be delayed because the legislature has chopped another 10 percent from the budget of California's court system. That makes for a total of 30 percent in the past three years. Divorce, child-custody and protective-injunction cases will have longer to wait for open courtrooms. One San Francisco newspaper is calling it "courtmageddon." Also, the Ethics Committee investigating Local Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now investigating itself. On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, the space shuttle is history. What's next for NASA?
Banner image: Bailiff Brenda Bradbury calls jurors for a civil cast to be heard in Orange County Superior Court. Photo by Jason Doiy, with special thanks to the Superior Court of California, County of Orange.
House Ethics Committee Conduct in Maxine Waters Case to Be Reviewed ()
Los Angeles Democrat Maxine Waters says the House Ethics Committee has now recognized that its investigation of her conduct was "misguided, flawed and could go no further." This after the Committee hired an outside counsel to investigate its own investigation. John Bresnahan reports for Politico, which first reported infighting among committee staff members with conflicting agendas.
- John Bresnahan: Politico
Will Justice Delayed Mean Justice Denied? ()
The legislature and Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown have vastly reduced the budget for the Third Branch of Government. This year's reduction of 10 percent, signed by Governor Brown, makes a total of 30 percent in the past three years. Tomorrow, the state's Judicial Council will meet to decide how many more workers to lay off and how many courtrooms to close.
Edwards Air Force Role in the Space Program ()
In a few moments, we'll hear about the last Space Shuttle landing, which took place this morning, and the future of NASA. Out of 133 shuttle landings, 54 happened at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert. But that's not the only role Edwards played in the Shuttle Program. Christian Gelzer, who works for a NASA contractor Tybrin Corporation, is chief historian at the NASA Dryden Flight Research Center out at Edwards.
- Christian Gelzer: NASA Dryden Flight Research Center
As the Space Shuttle Era Ends, What's Next for NASA? ()
After 30 years and an investment of some $200 billion, the Space Shuttle Program ended this morning when Atlantis touched down at Cape Canaveral. As one era of space exploration comes to an end, what's in store for the next one?
- Irene Klotz: freelance science and aerospace writer
- Bobby Braun: NASA
- Garrett Reisman: SpaceX
- Jonathan McDowell: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, @planet4589
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