FROM Maura Dolan
Should Kids Be Allowed to Waive Their Right to Remain Silent? A State Supreme Court majority has refused to review the murder conviction of a 10-year-old boy who confessed to killing his father. Had his young brain developed enough to understand that, before he confessed, he'd waived his Miranda right to remain silent?
Is There a Way – and the Will -- to Resume Executions in California? This week, by a vote of five to four, the US Supreme Court approved part of a three-drug cocktail used for executions in Oklahoma. Under a legal settlement, Governor Brown how has 120 days to propose a way to implement the death penalty in California. There has not been an execution for nine years, and death row is crowded with 750 people. Maura Dolan covers legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times .
When Prosecutors Break the Law to Win federal appellate court judges are demanding action against what they call an “epidemic” of misconduct by California district attorneys. Video of a recent hearing of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals went viral in legal circles, showing Judge Alex Kozinski warning a deputy for state Attorney General Kamala Harris. You need some background on the court system to understand just what that means. Maura Dolan is legal affairs writer for the LA Times. Laurie Levenson is professor of Criminal Law at the Loyola School of Law.
Legal Debate over Prop 8's Impact Same-sex marriage has taken a winding path to the US Supreme Court. The State Supreme Court declared it legal. Then voters rejected it by passing Prop 8. Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker then threw out Prop 8 and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. Then the backers of Prop 8 appealed to the US Supreme Court, which could rule one way or the other. But will it? Lawyers leading the fight for gay marriage are telling state officials it just might not. Maura Dolan covers legal affairs for the LA Times .
Federal Judge Upholds Gay Judge's Ruling Striking Down Prop 8 There was a ruling today in the case of federal Judge Vaughn Walker, who threw out California's ban on same-sex marriage before he disclosed his ten-year relationship with another man. Supporters of Proposition 8 said he should have disclosed his relationship beforehand. Judge James Ware said today they were wrong. Maura Dolan is legal reporter for the LA Times .
California Supreme Court Rules on Proposition 8 In May of last year, the California State Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage. In November, the state's voters banned the practice by passing Proposition 8 . In the meantime, 18,000 gays and lesbians were married. Today, the Court issued two controversial decisions . While it upheld the ban, it also upheld the same-sex marriages that took place between the Court's previous ruling and the passage of Prop 8. Maura Dolan covers the courts for the Los Angeles Times .
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Rhetoric and brinksmanship on the Korean Peninsula For 25 years, the US has viewed North Korea's nuclear program with increasing alarm. Now President Trump says this country has lost its "strategic patience." We hear what he's actually doing… and what might come next.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.