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Justice Joyce Kennard Retiring from State’s High Court

February 12, 2014 | 8:49 am

Justice Joyce Kennard Retiring from State’s High Court

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Tribunal’s longest-serving member departs after career that defied expectations of conservative backers.

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State High Court Bars Hoax Writer Stephen Glass from Practicing Law

January 27, 2014 | 10:40 am

State High Court Bars Hoax Writer Stephen Glass from Practicing Law

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Panel says journalist who fabricated dozens of stories hasn’t proved fitness to practice law.

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Pro-Prop. 8 Side Files New Legal Challenge to Same-Sex Marriages

July 12, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Pro-Prop. 8 Side Files New Legal Challenge to Same-Sex Marriages

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The sponsors of Proposition 8 filed a petition with the California Supreme Court today to block the resumption of same-sex marriages in the state. In the filing, the sponsors argue that at least 56 of the state’s 58 county clerks are obligated by the state Constitution to refuse to issue gay and lesbian marriage licenses. […]

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Same-Sex Marriage in California: Decoding the Prop. 8 and DOMA Rulings and What’s Next

June 26, 2013 | 11:59 pm

Same-Sex Marriage in California: Decoding the Prop. 8 and DOMA Rulings and What’s Next

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After years of waiting, we finally have two U.S. Supreme Court rulings on the legality of same-sex marriage. But neither ruling was the type of clear-cut decision that advocates on both sides of the issue were hoping for. KQED spoke to several experts about the details of the cases and how this could all play […]

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Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

March 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

Prop. 8 at the Supreme Court: What You Need to Know

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In California’s June 2000 primary, 61 percent of the electorate voted “yes” on Proposition 22, a measure that amended state law to read, “Only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized ” in the state. The state Supreme Court overturned the law in 2008 as discriminatory, opening the way for same-sex couples to get legally married in the state. About 18,000 gay and lesbian couples took advantage of the chance to tie the knot.

Same-sex marriage proponent Kat McGuckin of Oaklyn, New Jersey, holds a gay marriage pride flag while standing in front of the Supreme Court November 30, 2012 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But the door that had been opened to same-sex couples slammed shut in November 2008, when voters passed Proposition 8. The measure, a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, passed with 52 percent of the vote.

Gay-marriage advocates immediately filed challenges with the California Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the case, and in May 2009, the court upheld Prop. 8, another blow against same-sex marriage.

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February 5, 2013 | 10:26 am

Calif. Supreme Court Hears Whether Cities Can Block Pot Dispensaries

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by Michael Montgomery The California Supreme Court on Tuesday heard arguments in San Francisco Tuesday on whether cities and counties can ban retail pot dispensaries – even though state law specifies that Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana if they have a doctor’s recommendation. The court’s ruling in the case is likely […]

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April 12, 2012 | 11:04 am

Calif. Supreme Court Rules Employers Not Obligated to Enforce Mandated Worker Breaks

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The California Supreme Court said Thursday that employers are under no obligation to ensure that workers take legally mandated lunch and rest breaks. The ruling came after workers’ attorneys argued that abuses are routine and widespread when companies aren’t required to issue direct orders to take breaks. But the high court sided […]

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Calif High Court to Review Pharmaceutical Companies Paying to Kill Generics

March 2, 2012 | 9:39 am

Calif High Court to Review Pharmaceutical Companies Paying to Kill Generics

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By Bernice Yeung, California Watch California is the first state to examine whether pharmaceutical companies can pay competitors to not make or sell cheaper generic versions of┬átheir prescription drugs. The California Supreme Court last month agreed to review a 10-year-old class-action lawsuit involving the antibiotic Cipro (ciprofloxacin), which originally was manufactured by drugmaker Bayer.┬áThe suit […]

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Today’s California Supreme Court Redistricting Case Explained

January 10, 2012 | 10:40 am

Today’s California Supreme Court Redistricting Case Explained

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The California Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in Vandermost v. Bowen , a rather complicated case related to the redistricting lines that the California Citizens Redistricting Commission drew last year, and which the state Republican Party is none too happy about. Our Sacramento Bureau Chief John Myers was at the courtroom tweeting. His blog […]

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Calif. Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

November 10, 2011 | 2:35 pm

Calif. Supreme Court Case Could Eliminate Redevelopment Agencies

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SAN FRANCISCO — The crux of the legal fight waged this morning in front of California’s seven Supreme Court justices seems to be who controls the fate of local redevelopment agencies: legislators or voters? And even then, is that fate a zero sum game — that is, must the agencies continue to exist exactly as […]

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