Chastened by the fury of court employees negatively impacted by layoffs, court closures, and years of repeated cuts to funding for trial courts, the California Legislature voted to restore $100 million to the judicial branch's budget.
A federal judge ordered a new trial to assess how much of a $250,000 judgment a New York-investor owes the playwright stiffed out of her royalties for the parody play, "Point Break LIVE!"
I'm not a very good judge of human nature. I like people and tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.
I met all sorts of folks when I was a newspaper editor. Their political opinions had nothing to do with what I thought of them.
Take Duke Cunningham, who should be getting out of prison soon for the frauds he committed as a congressman. I liked him from the moment I met him, and I like him today. He's a great old guy.
I've met other criminals I liked, but I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw them. I'd trust Duke, though. I don't know what I would do if people threw money and women at me. No better than Duke did, I bet.
I liked Congressman Darrell Issa the day I met him, too, but I was wrong. Issa is a vile person.
Do you know why I liked him? Because he never denied being an arsonist and car thief.
Now, I'm not saying Issa is an arsonist and a car thief, though even when he was a first-termer those allegations had been made. One of his car-alarm factories burned down in the nick of time for him to start another one and become a millionaire.
So I asked the young congressman: What about it? Did you burn down your factory and steal cars?
Issa said: "I did a lot of dumb things when I was young."
Not an admission, but not a denial, either. Here was a congressman refusing to puff himself up and bloviate when his hometown newspaper asked if he was a crook. I ain't saying he was. I'm saying I liked him because he didn't deny it.
Then Issa spent a couple million bucks to fund the recall of Gov. Gray Davis and shoo Arnold Schwarzenegger into office, and he became a Republican hero. Now he's their attack dog, "investigating" A Democrat A Day For The Party.
There's a big difference between Duke and Darrell.
Duke accomplished a few things during his eight terms in Congress. I disagree with just about everything he did, but Duke didn't just squat in the middle of the road, whining and hollering.
Like most right-wing Republicans, Duke never met a defense program he didn't like, or a social program he did - except for education. He was a big believer in science funding, too. True, most science money went to Duke's beloved military, but he supported science. Duke did some good even if it was by accident.
I do not believe Darrell Issa will do any good for the rest of his miserable life. I believe his legacy will be a slimy trail of venom.
During years of widespread unemployment, economic crisis for all but the super-rich, warfare around the world, nuclear perils, worldwide climate alarm, overt multitrillion-dollar corruption in banks and on Wall Street, Issa has done nothing but try to Grind Congress to a Halt.
But wielding power for a party is not the same as wielding power for one's country.
Less government is not the same thing as obstructing government from doing the jobs no one else can do.
Freedom and liberty may, but need not, include stirring up hatred against half of one's own country, whether there are reasons for blame, as there sometimes are, or whether the hatred and blame are based on fantasy, as they sometimes are.
Darrell Issa is a Party Man. The Republican Party boosted him onto its shoulders and is carrying him around like a hero today, but as soon as it finds it convenient to dump him, it will. When it does, or when he dies or gets caught at something, Issa will leave Congress without having accomplished a goddam thing.
History records all sorts of political parties, which rose and fell, spouting virtue, inflicting misery, leaving misery behind them.
Citadel Securities and others sued the nation's major options exchanges, including NYSE, NASDAQ and the Chicago Board Options Exchange, claiming they overcharged market makers millions of dollars in fees for seven years.
A Manhattan photographer featured in this week's New Yorker magazine violated privacy by using a telephoto lens to shoot photos of people through the window of their apartment, a family claims in court.
An appellate court dismissed a former Playboy model's allegations that boxer Oscar de la Hoya trapped her in a Ritz Carlton hotel room and forced her to perform "disgusting" sexual acts.
Former Goldman Sachs investment banker Neil M.M. Morrison was fined $100,000 for his role in a pay-to-play scheme involving secret campaign contributions to former Massachusetts Treasurer Timothy Cahill's campaign for governor, the SEC said.
PepsiCo., angry because California Pizza Kitchen was terminating its purchase agreement for fountain drinks, sent the confidential agreement to Coca-Cola to interfere with the pizza chain's business, the company claims in court.
A 36-year-old Georgia investment adviser stole $2 million from clients, most of it retirement savings or life insurance from dead spouses, the SEC claims in court.
A federal judge won't force the Secret Service to give up files on its Inauguration Parade security tactics, ruling against a civil rights group locked in an eight-year fight with the government.
The 9th Circuit should overturn a court order invalidating termination of copyright notices filed by the family of Superman co-creator Joseph Shuster, an attorney told the appeals court on Thursday.
CVS Caremark and Target pharmacies blacklisted a doctor, won't fill his patients' prescriptions and falsely told them he is on a federal "watch list," the doctor claims in a class action.
Institutional Shareholder Services will pay $300,000 to settle an SEC complaint about an employee who took bribes to tell a proxy solicitor how institutional clients were voting their proxy ballots, the SEC said.
Haste and a failure to insist on precise contract language doomed a rock exporter's suit against a Texan accused of selling it a mineral concession he did not own, a federal judge ruled.
A federal agency plans to protect Kentucky glade cress as threatened, with over 2000 acres of critical habitat.
Corona Nissan car salesman Kevin Cardiel sexually harassed and assaulted a customer as she bought a car, then used information he got from the purchase to show up uninvited at her workplace and sexually harass her again, she claims in Superior Court.
Lisa Misraje Bentley claims these defendants violated copyright on her book, "Saving Levi," by making a movie of it: James Randall Argue, David Bradshaw, Ralph Linhardt, Michael H. Ramsey, Jack Ong, and John David Ware, in Federal Court.
Sugartime Sports Agency claims its former manager Ronnie Chalmers, father of nonparty NBA guard Mario Chalmers, swiped proprietary information to compete against it, in Miami-Dade County Court.
Shugah Works claims Arts and Exhibitions International, and Firethorn Productions owe it $40,000 for editing the documentary film, "Gallery 9," in New York County Supreme Court.
Cisco Systems et al. violate a patent on Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, or RAID storage systems, Promise Technology claims in three federal complaints.
A Texas state judge refused to stop El Paso County from providing health benefits for its employees' same-sex partners.
The directors of a defunct Florida bank may be liable for costing the bank $40 million and driving it into ruin, a federal judge ruled.
A former college quarterback may pursue claims against Electronic Arts for using his likeness in the best-selling video game "NCAA Football," the 3rd Circuit ruled.
A Texas nursing home will not face penalties for serving patients soft-cooked eggs, the 5th Circuit ruled.
A former Laredo policeman caught on his squad car's dash cam pummeling a handcuffed man was sentenced to 1 year in federal prison.
A self-styled pastor and real estate investor surrendered to federal authorities on charges that he conned $650,000 from a woman, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
A student's boast that he could kill more than 50 people at his high school was just a private conversation between teenagers, not grounds for a suspension that lasted the rest of the school year, his lawyer told the 9th Circuit.
A Guantanamo Bay detainee unable to show he has been irreparably harmed will not be repatriated to his native Yemen, a federal judge ruled.
A Texas judge has been indicted on criminal charges that he repeatedly misused his official powers to retaliate against attorneys appearing before him and other officials.
Texas does not infringe on the constitutional rights of 18-20-year-olds by barring them from carrying handguns in public, the 5th Circuit ruled.
A judge's social media relationship with the father of an assault victim did not affect his impartiality or neutrality regarding the assailant's conviction, a Texas appellate court ruled.
A circuit court erred when it dismissed the conviction of a Columbia, Missouri man for keeping a pair of alligators, a state appeals court ruled.
A Texas judge has ordered a lesbian couple to stop living together due a morality clause in one of the women's divorce papers.
The government cannot deny a visa on "terrorism grounds" without further explanation, the 9th Circuit ruled Thursday, reinstating the claims of an Afghan man's wife.
The Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company cannot hold its insurance broker responsible for claims arising from its failure to inform a couple of their HIV-positive status, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled.
The Department of Health and Human Services proposed regulations aiming to strengthen health and safety requirements for child care providers.
Hundreds of the world's top scientists outlined five crucial environmental concerns that "policymakers must address" to avoid a global tipping point, in a call to action endorsed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
A Houston man faces up to 10 years in federal prison if convicted on charges that he called in bomb threats to two Jewish synagogues, federal prosecutors said.
Star Alliance members Air Canada, Lufthansa and United avoided antitrust showdowns with the European Commission over a revenue-sharing agreement aimed at premium passengers.
Two senators introduced a bipartisan bill in California that would allow public inspection of records from the agency that oversees the state's health-care reforms.
Visa and Mastercard eliminated competition by forcing merchants to accept Visa and MasterCard debit and credit cards and pay supra-competitive, exorbitant and fixed prices, dozens of companies claim.
The Alaska Oil and Gas Association sued the National Marine Fisheries Service for listing two species of Arctic seals as threatened; the trade group claims the species are "entirely healthy," in Federal Court.
The 9th Circuit on Friday withdrew and replaced a December 2012 opinion allowing a 10 percent funding cut to some Medi-Cal programs.
Members of a homeowners association sued many of their neighbors, Bass Energy, and Ohio Valley Energy Systems, claiming fracking, for which neighbors have been paid "spud fees," violates deed restrictions, in Cuyahoga County Court.
Pearson Education wildly exceeded its license limits for photos by Frans Lanting, the renowned nature photographer claims in a federal copyright complaint; seven other photographers sued Pearson in two similar complaints.
Fry's Electronics' contracts contain unconscionable clauses prohibiting vendors from charging Fry's for late payments, Phoebe Micro claims in a federal class action.
Actor-director LeVar Burton claims PR firm Child's Play Communications used his name and image to promote itself without his permission, in New York County Supreme Court.
Chicago police Officer Harold Rodriguez stole $400 from a driver after a bogus traffic stop, Lance Coppage claims in Federal Court.