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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Legal Secretary

A federal court in Texas recommended against dismissal of a lawsuit brought against a Texas Court of Criminal Appeals judge by a former legal secretary who claims she was fired because the judge disagreed with political views she posted on Facebook. While Judge Kevin Patrick Yeary claims qualified immunity, the court cannot reach that conclusion based on the facts in the complaint. 

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