Today’s News: Ex-mentor’s tip launched Dorner manhunt; New twist in Prop. 8 fight; Shrinking juries

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Unmasking Dorner. The LAPD says the toll of Christopher’s Dorner’s revenge spree might have been higher if not for the quick thinking of a sergeant who had trained Dorner. Terie Evans called police in Irvine after the shooting deaths of the daughter of former LAPD official and her fiancée in that city. The day before, Evans had received a phone call from police in San Diego, who had found some of Dorner’s belongings in a dumpster. She said the events seemed too much to dismiss as a coincidence. L.A. Times

Deputy salute. An estimated 10,000 mourners attended a memorial for a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy killed by Dorner during his final stand-off with police last week. Jeremiah MacKay was hailed as a hero for his actions outside the cabin where the massive manhunt for Dorner came to an end. He was one of four people killed by Dorner. San Bernardino Sun

Same-sex marriage. Lawyers challenging Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court have upped the ante. They filed a legal brief yesterday that asks the justices to rule that gays and lesbians throughout the country have a legal right to marry – rather than issuing a narrow ruling that focuses on the special circumstances in California. A decision in the case will come later this year. L.A. Times

Immigration shift. A new Field Poll finds that attitudes about immigration are changing fast in California. For the first time since 2007 when the poll began asking the question, a majority of Californians – 52 percent – believe the state should grant driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants. The poll also finds that nine in 10 state voters support a path to citizenship, and 76 percent support temporary worker programs. Sacramento Bee

Smaller juries. State judges are endorsing a constitutional amendment that would shrink the size of juries from 12 to 8 members for misdemeanor cases. They say the cash-strapped court system can no longer afford the bigger panels. The California Judges Association is also pushing legislation that would cut the number of challenges to prospective jurors from lawyers on both sides of criminal prosecutions. S.F. Chronicle