California Extends Critical Criminal Trial Deadlines Amid Viral Outbreak

Desperate times call for unprecedented measures, even for the courts. At an emergency meeting Saturday, California’s Judicial Council voted unanimously to delay criminal arraignments, extend timelines for criminal trials, and use technology wherever possible to help courts conduct remote proceedings as they grapple with ensuring due process while protecting public health.

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Civil Rights Commission Takes Stand for Female Inmates

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights issued a report Wednesday that condemned how state and federal prisons treat female inmates, saying a broad range of disparities in areas from medical care to discipline show that correctional facilities are not designed for or tailored to women’s needs. 

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Rule of Law Takes Heavy Damage in Trump’s Weeklong Twitter Barrage

A look back at Donald Trump’s Twitter feed this week tells the story of a president who took aim and fired at the courts as the fallout from his Justice Department reversing its recommended sentence for Roger Stone battered Washington.

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LA County District Attorney Candidates Promise Reforms, Chide Incumbent 

Candidates vying to be Los Angeles County’s top prosecutor promised Friday to cease death penalty convictions, bolster police accountability and rollback policies embraced by incumbent District Attorney Jackie Lacey, who skipped the campaign debate. 

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