Shooting Threat

A California appeals court upheld a finding that a high school student made criminal threats when he posted a photo of a replica gun on his Snapchat account and threatened to bring a gun to school the next day. The student claimed he was joking, but “it can be inferred from the way” the social media app works that the juvenile “intended many people to see it, and he must have been aware that anyone who saw it might feel threatened.”

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LA County Inquest Probes Police Shooting of Teen

In a judicial proceeding not seen in Los Angeles County for nearly four decades, a retired judge Monday presided over an inquest into the cause of death of Andres Guardado, a teen whose fatal shooting by police this past summer reignited protests and further inflamed a rift between law enforcement and their county watchdogs.

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Guns and Young People

A federal court in California declined to grant a preliminary injunction to plaintiffs who claim the California Penal Code violates the Second Amendment by restricting gun ownership among 18-20 year olds. The court finds the “potential harm of enjoining a duly-enacted law designed to protect public safety outweighs” young adults’ “inability to secure the firearm of their choice without proper training.”

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Music Festival Overdose

A California appeals court revived negligence claims against entertainment company Live Nation brought by the family of a 19-year-old girl who died of a drug overdose at the 2015 Hard Summer Music Festival. Live Nation challenged the family’s contention that the girl would have survived had appropriate medical care been readily available, but the company did not offer any supporting evidence.

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