Chemerinsky: What Sessions v. Dimaya means for immigration law

Erwin Chemerinsky writes for ABA Journal, May 3, 2018

At the very least, Sessions v. Dimaya is quite important in the immigration context. The court reaffirms that laws concerning deportation and removal are to be subjected to the same vagueness analysis as criminal statutes. The court’s striking down the residual clause in the Immigration and Nationality Act will matter for many facing deportation.

Should SCOTUS arguments be livestreamed?

Erwin Chemerinsky quoted by ABA Journal, May 2, 2018

In an essay for the Sacramento Bee, Erwin Chemerinsky, dean at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, points out that the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals provides a livestream of all of its oral arguments. “No adverse effects have been seen,” Chemerinsky wrote.

To manage California’s groundwater, think more about surface water

Michael Kiparsky interviewed by NewsDeeply, May 1, 2018

“The first key question for Groundwater Sustainability Agencies to answer is, how does groundwater management in their basin affect surface water and its beneficial uses? That implies that Groundwater Sustainability Agencies need to understand something about the hydrology of the basin and about those beneficial uses.”

Location of Golden State Killer trial could turn on several factors

Franklin Zimring quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), April 30, 2018

With so many crimes in so many jurisdictions, standard practices like trying the most serious charges first aren’t as easy to apply, said Franklin Zimring. … “What do you do when you have 12 homicides in three or four locations? … The answer is there is substantial negotiation.”

Capital Beat: Repeal aside, New Hampshire not ready for executions

Elisabeth Semel and Franklin Zimring quoted by Concord Monitor, April 30, 2018

Protocols that were designed poorly or improperly have opened some states up to constitutional challenges upon implementation, according to Elisabeth Semel … tying them up in even more legal delays. … “It sounds like New Hampshire has a lot of work to do,” Semel said Friday.

“What’s going on here a status competition,” said Frank Zimring … speaking on New Hampshire’s repeal efforts. “What’s going on here is the symbolic dance which has absolutely nothing to do with pushing the state close to actual execution.”