David Carrillo co-writes for The Sacramento Bee, April 5, 2018
Since then the already overworked and underfunded court has struggled to make ends meet with only six members. It has been forced to draft pinch hitters from the Court of Appeal, drawing those justices away from their own heavy dockets. Governor Brown, can we please have a new California Supreme Court justice?
Charles Weisselberg quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, April 5, 2018
Two Bay Area law professors told The Chronicle last month that Schaaf’s warning about the ICE operation was so vague that it would probably not put her in jeopardy of being charged with obstruction. It might be different if she gave particular people specific details of a secret operation, said UC Berkeley law Professor Charles Weisselberg.
Christopher Hoofnagle quoted by The Washington Post, April 4, 2018
“Security is difficult and expensive, and no one wants to do it,” Hoofnagle said. “There’s the miracle of making it possible that you can order a sandwich [online]. That’s hard enough! And then people come along and say, ‘What about security?’”
Ethan Elkind writes for ColoradoBoulevard.net, April 3, 2018
If EPA is successful in rolling back these standards, the agency will undermine the fight against climate change, increase toxic air pollution and attendant public health impacts, cost drivers money in terms of having to buy more gasoline for the same amount of driving, and diminish U.S. automaker competitiveness with international rivals who fully embrace more fuel-efficient and zero-emission vehicles.
Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2018
Erwin Chemerinsky … said Monday’s decision is part of a trend. “In case after case involving excessive police force, the Supreme Court is finding for the police and keeping juries from ever being able to decide if the police acted impermissibly. This contributes significantly to the difficulties in holding police accountable,” he said.
Anne Joseph O’Connell quoted by Politico, March 31, 2018
O’Connell said she believes the law does in fact apply to firings and she listed several potential hurdles to mounting a serious legal challenge. Among them: finding somebody who has been injured by a decision made by the acting secretary and convincing a court that the law intended to stop presidents from picking acting secretaries after a firing. Another potential difficulty: figuring out a way to differentiate between a firing and a forced resignation.
Ethan Elkind quoted by Mother Jones, March 30, 2018
Elkind sees displacement as an inevitable product of the state’s housing shortage. “We don’t have a lot of great options given how badly we’ve under-produced housing relative to population and job growth in the state,” he says. Without taking some sort of action, “this problem is just going to continue to get worse and worse.”
Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, March 30, 2018
He was a judge whose opinions consistently protected civil rights and civil liberties; he usually favored the individual over the government and the government over business. More subtly and more importantly, it was a judicial philosophy based on the view that the Constitution embodies a profound respect for human dignity and that its meaning evolves through interpretation.
Jen Moreno quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), March 29, 2018
“Given the fact that Morales is still ongoing and has to be resolved, and also seeing the Masters case, I don’t know that this changes the status quo of where things are in California right now. … While certainly the Sims opinion was one of the barriers to resumption of executions in California, there’s still a number of things that have to be resolved.”
Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by Los Angeles Times, March 29, 2018
“He was a giant not just on the 9th Circuit but within the law,” UC Berkeley law school Dean Erwin Chemerinsky said. “He also was a judge with a particular vision of the law, based on enforcing the Constitution to protect people.”