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By Joseph Serna | July 18, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts firmly established the court's identity this term as "The Roberts Court" by siding with the majority in politically sensitive decisions, according to a panel of legal experts. "What a difference a year makes," said UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, who moderated the panel's discussion Tuesday during the university's second annual Supreme Court term review. Last year's panel focused on what would happen in this most current term, and according to the legal minds on the panel, the Supreme Court did not disappoint.
NEWS
March 30, 2005
Alicia Robinson Beginning next week, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments in a Newport Beach case that could call into question decisions made by the California Coastal Commission since it was formed 29 years ago. The court on April 6 will hear oral arguments in a case filed in 2000 by the Marine Forests Society, a Newport Beach-based nonprofit group that created an artificial reef of tires and plastic bags ...
LOCAL
By Joseph Serna | May 11, 2010
After losing in the local Court of Appeal, Greg Haidl and his two accomplices, who were convicted of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Haidl’s Newport Beach home, are taking their case to the state Supreme Court. Haidl’s attorney, Dennis Fischer, petitioned the court last week to hear arguments on why his client should have his conviction overturned and not have to register as a sex offender for life. Fischer said that the chances of the Supreme Court agreeing to hear the petition are “next to none.
FEATURES
By Candice Baker | October 5, 2009
The Supreme Court of the United States announced Monday that it will not hear a property rights case petitioned by St. James Church of Newport Beach. The court said it is waiting for a final ruling in the case at the county level before considering whether it will make its own decision. St. James has owned its church property for more than 50 years, and has sought to keep it following its split from the Episcopal Church and its Los Angeles Diocese over theological differences regarding homosexuality.
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By Jamshed Dastur | February 6, 2010
Re: “That’s Debatable, Jan. 28”: However regrettable, it is hardly surprising that Congressmen John Campbell and Dana Rohrabacher find the Supreme Court decision regarding campaign finance reform to their liking. Campbell supports it on a totally false premise that this was intended to bring equity to an imaginary imbalance between unions and corporations. He is either ill-informed or deliberately misleading. His statement unwittingly exposes his loyalties to big business and not to the fundamentals of a democratic form of government.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | December 24, 2009
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the fifth in a series of the top stories of each year since 2000. Look for the 2005 story of the year Saturday. In danger of losing its Balboa Peninsula church to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles in a heated court battle, St. James Church is keeping its eyes on the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court could take up a similar court case of an Anglican Church in La Crescenta that raises questions about property rights and freedom of religion.
NEWS
June 27, 2003
Deepa Bharath A Supreme Court decision on Thursday to strike down a California law that allows prosecution of old sex crimes may force the Orange County district attorney's office to drop its case against a former pastor of a Costa Mesa church accused of molesting a local boy about 25 years ago. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the government cannot retroactively erase statutes of limitations, a...
NEWS
July 29, 2004
Deirdre Newman Orange County officials are celebrating because they won't have to absorb a loss of more than $400 million in past and future property tax revenue. The celebration is in response to the state Supreme Court's decision not to review a case originally brought by a Seal Beach couple who addressed how properties should be assessed after they decline in value and then rebound. The court decided on July 21 not to review the case by Robert Pool and Renee Bezaire.
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December 13, 2001
-- Paul Clinton A group fighting to keep the Great Park initiative off Orange County's March 5 ballot has filed a last-ditch appeal with the California Supreme Court. Citizens for Jobs and the Economy, a group pushing for an airport at the closed El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, sued to stop the initiative earlier this year. On Nov. 21, a three-judge San Diego appellate panel overturned a county Superior Court judge's ruling that the initiative's ballot title and summary were misleading.
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By Emily Foxhall | March 26, 2014
Newport Beach plans to petition the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that determined its group home ordinance is discriminatory. City Council members voted unanimously during a closed session meeting Tuesday to pursue the petition, City Atty. Aaron Harp said Wednesday. At stake is an ongoing argument over whether group homes in Newport Beach can challenge the municipal ordinance limiting homes for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts at trial. Many of the homes were forced out of the city by a 2008 law placing strict limits on them.
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By Lauren Williams | October 18, 2012
An injunction that temporarily stopped Costa Mesa from privatizing some city services will go to the state Supreme Court, city officials said Wednesday. The City Council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to appeal a lower-court ruling that has prevented the city from outsourcing workers to private companies until a lawsuit filed by employees is heard. Councilwoman Wendy Leece dissented. It is up to the state's high court whether to hear the petition or let the lower court's decision stand, said attorney John Alexander Vogt, private counsel representing the city.
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By Joseph Serna | July 18, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts firmly established the court's identity this term as "The Roberts Court" by siding with the majority in politically sensitive decisions, according to a panel of legal experts. "What a difference a year makes," said UC Irvine law professor Rick Hasen, who moderated the panel's discussion Tuesday during the university's second annual Supreme Court term review. Last year's panel focused on what would happen in this most current term, and according to the legal minds on the panel, the Supreme Court did not disappoint.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna | July 2, 2012
The state Supreme Court on Monday ruled that a charter city does not have to pay state-mandated wages for construction and other projects funded entirely by cities. The decision was closely watched in Costa Mesa, where a proposed city charter would not require the city to pay so-called "prevailing wages," formulas based on rates set by labor and other factors, when it seeks bid for work. That element of the proposed charter is favored by the City Council's conservative majority, but opposed by organized labor.
OCNOW
By Kelly Parker | June 28, 2012
In the wake of Thursday morning's 5-4 Supreme Court decision on President Obama's controversial health care legislation, National Public Radio (NPR) asked prominent scholars and lawyers for their take on the issue. Among those who provided legal analysis was Erwin Chemerinsky, the founding dean at the UC Irvine School of Law. “The Supreme Court's decision does not change the law in the way that striking down the law would have. Since 1937, not one federal taxing or spending program has been declared unconstitutional.
NEWS
By Chriss Street | March 7, 2012
Xavier Alvarez, after being elected in 2007 to the Three Valleys Municipal Water District in Pomona, introduced himself at his first board meeting as a wounded war veteran who had received the Medal of Honor, our nation's highest honor. But when it was discovered that Alvarez was never wounded in action, never awarded the Medal of Honor, and never served in the military, he was prosecuted and convicted under the Stolen Valor Act of 2005 of a federal misdemeanor for falsely claiming to have received a U.S. military medal.
NEWS
By Lauren Williams | February 7, 2012
Supporters of same-sex marriage called Tuesday's federal court ruling negating Proposition 8 a step in the right direction while opponents argued that the will of California voters should stand. "It is incredible, marvelous," Newport Beach Dr. Jorge Rodriguez said of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' decision to overturn the proposition on constitutional grounds. "I'm really reminded of that Martin Luther King quote that I love: 'The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.'" Rodriguez, a Laguna Beach resident who works at Orange Coast Medical Group, said that as a doctor he sees health problems, including depression, in patients who do not feel validated.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | January 20, 2012
SANTA ANA - Occupy Orange County took a different turn Friday for the two-year anniversary of theU.S. Supreme Courtruling involving Citizens United. They went for laughs. Still, the day in downtown Santa Ana was all about raising awareness of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the January 2010 decision that prohibited the government from limiting funds from independent parties, such as corporations and labor unions, for political purposes. "People driving by will hopefully see the signs saying, 'Corporations are not people,' and, 'Your voice should not equal a dollar bill,' and take that [message]
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By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | July 6, 2011
The California Court of Appeal rejected a Newport Beach developer's request on Wednesday to rehear its case for why the sale of the Orange County Fairgrounds should proceed. A three-judge panel dismissed Facilities Management West's claims that by plugging two holes perceived by the court in the current sale process, the state should be able to carry out the transaction. The court said those arguments were not made before, so they cannot be made now. "We still feel that these flaws that the court found, we disagree that the [state]
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