Preliminary Hearings

In a dispute relating to court restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic, Nevada Chief U.S. District Judge Miranda Du vacated a U.S. magistrate judge’s order granting the government’s motion to continue the hearings of two men charged with breaking into a hardware store and stealing firearms. Du remanded the case with instructions to immediately release the men from custody.  

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Theft Sentences

The Supreme Court of California ruled that Proposition 47, which reclassified felony offenses of theft of property worth less than $950 as misdemeanors, extends to the unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle. The ruling resolves a question as to whether there is a distinction that would grant sentencing relief to defendants who took vehicles permanently but deny relief to defendants who took vehicles temporarily, finding there is not.

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Beaten Over a Tomato

A man who was arrested and beaten by an off-duty police officer after a Walmart store’s loss prevention officer believed she saw him shoplifting a tomato may pursue his false imprisonment claim against the store, a Georgia appeals court ruled. The man had paid for his groceries, including the tomato, but believed he had been overcharged for the tomato and had gone back to the produce department to weigh it.

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