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Cosby Held Liable (Again) for Ex-Lawyer's Press Statements

By Joseph Fawbush, Esq.

The California Court of Appeals recently held that Bill Cosby could be liable for public comments his ex-lawyer made on his behalf. This was the second time the California Court of Appeals took up defamation issues involving Cosby and Janice Dickinson, who accused Cosby of raping her in 1982. The opinion came out a day after Bill Cosby and Janice Dickenson settled for what Dickinson’s attorney described as an “epic amount.

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San Francisco Can Shutter Controversial Statue

By William Vogeler, Esq.

A California judge refused to intervene in San Francisco's decision to remove a controversial statue from the public square last year. The "Early Days" statue depicts a Native American on his back, seemingly subdued by a triumphant vaquero standing next to a Catholic priest. It had been on public display for 124 years, but Native Americans and others called it racist and demanded the city remove it. City officials complied, but two plaintiffs sued to reverse that decision.

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Why Are California Gun Owners Stockpiling Ammo?

By George Khoury, Esq.

Although California already has some of the most conservative gun laws in the country, gun owners are currently stockpiling ammunition ahead of the latest California gun control measure taking effect on July 1. Come July 1, not only will the price of ammunition increase, but purchasers will have to show ID and clear a background check before purchasing ammo. As you might expect, gun owners are stocking up on ammo before the prices go up and their hassles multiply.

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California to Extend Healthcare to More Undocumented Immigrants

By George Khoury, Esq.

A recent move from the California legislature is making it look very likely that the most recently proposed budget, which needs to be passed in just a few days, will include a provision to provide qualifying undocumented immigrants between the ages of 19 and 26 with the opportunity to sign up for and receive Medi-Cal. California, along with a handful of other states, already provides health care to undocumented minors with a demonstrated need.

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Supreme Court Reverses 'Street Terrorism' Conviction Based on Prop. 47

By William Vogeler, Esq.

Luis Valenzuela made a mistake when he took a bicycle from Manny Ramirez. His next mistake was telling Ramirez where to meet him to fight for it. Instead, Ramirez told police where Valenzuela was. They arrested him, and he was convicted of grand theft and street terrorism in People v. Valenzuela. Valenzuela got lucky, however, when California voters changed the law that reduced his theft crime to a misdemeanor. He got lucky again when the state Supreme Court threw out his terrorism conviction.

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Newport Beach ADA Excessive Force Case to Proceed

By George Khoury, Esq.

The killing of Gerritt Vos was a startling event that made national headlines. The 22-year old hairdresser, who suffered from schizophrenia, and became upset and injured a store worker with scissors, was shot and killed by police outside a 7-11, while wielding that pair of scissors. In a subsequent civil suit filed by his parents, it is alleged that the Newport Beach police used excessive force, shooting him four times, when non-lethal methods were available and would have been effective.

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