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Baxter v. Bock
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: A142372

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Baxter and his former clients, the Bocks, participated in arbitration under the Mandatory Fee Arbitration Act (Bus. & Prof. Code, 6200), stipulating to be bound by the result. In his decision, the arbitrator con...

Dept. of Corrections & Rehab. v. State Personnel Bd
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: C073865

Justia Opinion Summary: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) gave notice it intended to discipline its employee, parole agent Shiekh Iqbal (real party in interest), for unauthorized use of government resources to acces...

California v. Smith
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: E062858

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Michael Smith appealed the summary denial of his Proposition 47 resentencing petition. Using the Superior Court’s standard petitioning form, Smith sought to have two felony second degree commercial burglary con...

Jackson v. Superior Court
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: E064010

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2008, real party in interest (the State) charged petitioner Patrick Jackson with a violation of section 288, subdivision (b), under case No. INF061963 based on conduct that allegedly occurred on May 3, 2008. On July 2...

Charton v. Harkey
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: G050514

Justia Opinion Summary: It was undisputed defendant-respondent Diane Harkey met Code of Civil Procedure section 1032’s definition of a prevailing party. Plaintiffs-appellants however, contended the trial court erred in awarding Harkey her costs...

People v. Espino
Date: May 24, 2016
Docket Number: H040942

Justia Opinion Summary: Sergeant Deras stopped defendant for speeding, then determined there were no warrants outstanding, defendant’s license was valid, and he was not on probation or parole. Defendant was registered as a sex offender. Deras t...

People v. Aleman
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: B249467

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants Aleman and Medrano were convicted of first degree murder and other criminal offenses. The court rejected Medrano's contention that the prosecution, motivated by group bias, removed six prospective jurors by th...

People v. Cowan
Date: May 23, 2016
Docket Number: B258587

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury found defendant guilty of one count of sodomy of a person under age 10; two counts of oral copulation with a person under age 10; and two counts of lewd acts on a child. The jury also found true that both counts o...

In re Ivan N.
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: D068595

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case, the juvenile court at the dispositional hearing determined that Ivan N. (the minor), who had admitted to a felony sex offense, should have been placed out of his home for treatment in a community-based orga...

People for Proper Planning v. City of Palm Springs
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: E062725

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff-appellant People for Proper Planning (PFPP) appealed the denial of its petition for peremptory writ of mandate and complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief filed against defendants-respondents City of Pa...

Conservatorship of Bower
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: G050468M

People v. Arendtsz
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: B264807

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant appealed from the denial of his Penal Code section 1016.5 motion to vacate his nolo contendere plea for felony sexual battery. Prior to defendant’s plea, former Deputy District Attorney Teresa Sullivan, twice a...

Jimenez v. Roseville City School Dist.
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: C075366

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff Uriel Jimenez was injured at a middle school within defendant Roseville City School District. The 14-year old Jimenez was in a classroom where fellow middle school students were purportedly practicing break dan...

California v. Silva
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: C078233

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Allen Silva plead no contest to a number of felony offenses and one misdemeanor petty theft charged in connection with two separate events. The parties agreed to a maximum sentence of six years eight months. Th...

Center for Biological Diversity v. County of San Bernardino
Date: May 19, 2016
Docket Number: G051058M

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