Cruelty in L.A. Jails

The Ninth Circuit on Monday vacated partial summary judgment for L.A. County and its former Sheriff Lee Baca, and reversed and remanded denial of a new trial in favor of pretrial detainee Lecia Shorter, who alleged inadequate medical care, unconstitutional conditions of confinement, humiliating and invasive strip searches, “and that jail officials routinely left noncompliant detainees naked and chained to their cell doors, for hours at a time without access to food, water, or a toilet.”

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White Ex-Mayor Can Challenge Race-Based California Districts

Imagine this: The white ex-mayor of a wealthy city in Southern California, which is just 1.4 percent black, complains that he was placed in a racially gerrymandered district when the city went from at-large to district voting for City Council. You need not imagine it: the Ninth Circuit reversed dismissal and remanded the case this week.

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