FROM Bob Egelko
Budget Cuts and Access to Justice Judges in Los Angeles County are warning that budget cuts are likely to force courtrooms to close and limit access to justice. At the same time, one judge says there's a "civil war" over excessive spending by the statewide Administrative Office. In San Francisco, the axe has already fallen. We hear from Bob Egelko, who reports on the justice system for the San Francisco Chronicle , and from Judge Tia Fisher, who sits in the Pomona courthouse and is director of the 400-member Alliance of California Judges, organized to deal with the financial crisis.
Governor Makes His Pick to Head State High Court Governor Schwarzenegger has named an appellate court judge to succeed Ron George as Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court. Tani Cantil Sakauye would be the first Filipina and give the court a female majority for the first time. Bob Egelko reports on the court for the San Francisco Chronicle .
California Chief Justice Ronald George to Retire California Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald George has announced that he’ll step down in November after 14 years as the state’s top jurist. George’s legacy includes decisions on abortion, affirmative action and the ruling that briefly legalized same-sex marriage in the State of California, until voters overturned it by passing Proposition 8. Staff writer Bob Egelko covers the courts for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Federal Trial over Prop 8 to Begin in January In San Francisco today, federal Judge Vaughn Walker set January 11 for the trial of a lawsuit seeking to overturn Proposition 8 , passed last year by California voters to ban same-sex marriages. Bob Egelko reports for the San Francisco Chronicle .
'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Back on the Front Burner It's estimated that 65,000 gays and lesbians serve in the military, but that's legal only as long as their sexual orientation is secret. Since " Don't Ask, Don't Tell " was enacted in the early 1990's, some 13,000 have been discharged after being outed. The Obama White House is in no hurry to make good on the campaign promise to end the ban on gays and lesbians in the military. Now a gay national guardsman with a "mission-critical specialty" has challenged "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" by coming out on a cable news program. A leading opponent of homosexual rights has organized 1100 generals and admirals on the other side of the issue, and political pressure is building. We talk with both of them and hear about conflicting court decisions and possible options for the White House and Congress.
Proposition 8 Re-reconsidered The State Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage last May. In November, voters approved Proposition 8 , which banned same-sex marriage. Tomorrow that same court will consider challenges to the proposition’s constitutionality. Bob Egelko covers the court for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Parties Urge Supreme Court to Take Same-Sex Marriage Case The California Supreme Court could decide as soon as Wednesday whether to hear as many as six lawsuits against Proposition 8 , the initiative declaring that marriage is legal only between a man and a woman. California Attorney General Jerry Brown is urging the Court to take up the cases and to rule as soon as possible. Bob Egelko writes about legal matters for the San Francisco Chronicle .
Kindergarteners Brought into Same-Sex Marriage Fight If same-sex marriage is not repealed in California, kindergartners will have to be taught the virtues of gay and lesbian matrimony. That’s according to language being proposed for Proposition 8 , the initiative on the November ballot that would over turn the legalization of same sex marriage by the State Supreme Court.
Gay Marriage Starts Today in California Last month, the California Supreme Court declared a state ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional , even though it was passed by the voters eight years ago. In California today, county clerks will be issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples, who are expected to come here from all over the country. TV news vans are already surrounding San Francisco City Hall, where this afternoon, Mayor Gavin Newsom will marry a lesbian couple who’ve been together for more than 50 years. Bob Egelko covers the issue for the San Francisco Chronicle .
California Supreme Court Overturns Gay Marriage Ban Under the state constitution, marriage is a basic civil right for all Californians—gay or heterosexual. Same-sex marriage does not deprive opposite-sex couples of any rights. That's according to the State Supreme Court, in a 4 to 3 ruling written by Chief Justice Ron George. The decision throws out the state's legal ban enacted in 1977 and reaffirmed by the voters eight years ago in Proposition 22.
Major Setback for Medical Marijuana Medical marijuana was legalized by California voters in 1996. Under a doctor’s prescription, Gary Ross used it to treat the pain of a back injury he suffered while in the Air Force. He says he told his Sacramento employer--a telecommunications firm called RagingWire --but when a drug test came back positive, he was fired. Today, the State Supreme Court ruled in favor of the company.
Is America turning its back on the world? President Trump has made no secret of his contempt for the United Nations — and he's not alone. But, will proposed cuts in US contributions be counterproductive to America's role in the world and to national security?
Trump's opening offer: Making some of America 'great again?' A massive increase for the Pentagon at the expense of domestic programs. We hear about winners and losers in the President's first proposed budget.
The 'deconstruction' of the administrative state President Trump has failed to fill high-level positions in important agencies — and some people he has named want to phase out the agencies they're supposed to lead. We look at the possible consequences for delivering services and providing security — and at top aide Steve Bannon's plans for "deconstructing the administrative state."