Posts Tagged ‘Civil Rights’

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SLO County to mandate mental health treatment

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San Luis Obispo County is planning to adopt a state program that will allow judges to order mentally ill individuals into treatment, not as punishment for a crime, but rather in response to the petition of local health officials. The... (Continue reading)

California city to pay $4.9 million for killing of homeless man

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The city of Fullerton has agreed to pay $4.9 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the father of a homeless man whom police beat to death in July 2011. [Reuters] Kelly Thomas, a 37-year-old homeless man with... (Continue reading)

SLO County Jail procedures deemed unconstitutional


By STEW JENKINS California’s 3rd District Court of Appeal recently upheld a ruling barring a county jail from requiring glass partitions between inmates and lawyers, a more than 40 year practice of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department. In... (Continue reading)

California transgender law set to take effect

A law requiring California public schools to let transgender students use sex-segregated facilities is set to take effect Jan. 1, despite a legal challenge. [KTVU] The law will allow students identifying as transgender to use the bathrooms and locker rooms... (Continue reading)

18 L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies arrested

FBI authorities charged 18 current and former Los Angeles County Sheriff deputies for federal crimes including Illegal beatings of jail inmates and obstruction of justice. Federal authorities announced the charges after 16 of the defendants were taken into custody earlier... (Continue reading)

Homeless protection bill launched

A bill designed to protect “some of society’s most vulnerable members” has been introduced by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco). Ammiano calls his prospective legislation AB5 “The Homeless Person’s Bill of Rights and Fairness Act” and sets out to build... (Continue reading)

Gay marriage gets high court look

California’s current ban on gay marriages will be scrutinized by the U.S. Supreme Court, which decided Friday it will review a legal challenge to the voter mandate. (Sacramento Bee) The high court will consider a prior decision by a federal... (Continue reading)

Attorney Tom McCormick dies

Local attorney Thomas Gerald McCormick, who represented criminal defendants in some of this county’s highest profile cases, died Monday in an Arroyo Grande care facility. He was 55. Details of McCormick’s death were not immediately available although he had been... (Continue reading)

Defense of free speech includes defense of seriously unsavory characters

OPINION By PETER SCHEER Why is it that the First Amendment Coalition, like other organizations that defend freedom of speech, is so often aligned in support of seriously unsavory characters? Just last week FAC filed an amicus brief in the... (Continue reading)

Former engineering dean sues Cal Poly and Karen Velie

A former Cal Poly dean of the College of Engineering has filed a lengthy lawsuit naming the California State University Board of Trustees, Cal Poly, journalist Karen Velie, and others, citing a dozen allegations including racial and religious discrimination, defamation... (Continue reading)

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