Remembering Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the Ninth Circuit’s ‘liberal lion,’ and my friend

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.

Marin County judge overturns previous decision barring lethal injections, executions won’t resume soon

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.”

Why police so rarely get charged for killing unarmed black men like Stephon Clark

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for The Sacramento Bee, March 27, 2018

In case after case, the court has said that police officers cannot be held liable for the use of excessive force because they did not engage in behavior that “every” reasonable officer would believe to be unconstitutional. All of this contributes to the problem of police violence. So much needs to be done so the list of victims does not continue to grow.

The New York Human Rights Commission is investigating The Wing

Melissa Murray quoted by Jezebel, March 26, 2018

“I think it’s patently absurd for New York’s human rights commission to be focusing on The Wing when we’ve had, over the last six months, numerous complaints about workplaces being absolutely hostile to women in terms of pervasive and endemic sexual harassment,” she said.