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People v. Johnson  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: S075727

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of two counts of first degree murder and sentencing him to death, holding that, in an effort to manage Defendant’s disruptive behavior, the...

In re B.M.  
Date: December 27, 2018
Docket Number: S242153

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal rejecting Defendant’s argument that insufficient evidence supported the juvenile court’s finding that Defendant’s use of a knife with a dull tip and slightly...

Sierra Club v. County of Fresno
Date: December 24, 2018
Docket Number: S219783
Sierra Club v. County of Fresno  
Date: December 24, 2018
Docket Number: S219783A

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the judgment of the Court of Appeal reversing the judgment of the trial court approving an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) issued as part of a master plan to deve...

Avitia v. Superior Court  
Date: December 24, 2018
Docket Number: S242030

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court held in this criminal proceeding that a prosecutor’s dismissal of a grand juror violates Cal. Penal Code 939.5 because only the grand jury foreperson may dismiss a grand juror and that a defendant may s...

Dr. Leevil, LLC v. Westlake Health Care Center  
Date: December 17, 2018
Docket Number: S241324

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue was the timing of the notice that must precede an unlawful detainer action where the action is not brought by a landlord but by a new owner who has acquired title to the property under a power of sale contained...

People v. Superior Court of Orange County  
Date: December 13, 2018
Docket Number: S225562

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the district attorney prosecuting a civil commitment petition under the Sexually Violent Predator Act (SVPA), Cal. Well. & Inst. Code 660-6609.3, may obtain copies of the treatment recor...

People v. Franco  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: S233973

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the Court of Appeal concluding that the value of a forged instrument under Cal. Penal Code 473 subdivision (b) is its face value and not the intrinsic value of the instrument it...

Gerard v. Orange Coast Mem. Medical Center
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: S241655
Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center  
Date: December 10, 2018
Docket Number: S241655A

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the Court of Appeal that a wage order of the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) permitting Plaintiffs to waive a second meal period for shifts greater than twelve hours does no...

People v. Buenrostro  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: S073823

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the trial court’s judgment convicting Defendant of the first degree murders of her three children, vacated two of the jury’s three multiple-murder special-circumstance findings, reversed Defend...

People v. Miracle  
Date: December 3, 2018
Docket Number: S140894

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of first-degree murder and sentencing him to death, holding that Defendant suffered no prejudice in the proceedings below. Specifically, th...

People v. Gomez  
Date: November 29, 2018
Docket Number: S087773

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed in its entirety the judgment of the trial court convicting Defendant of four counts of first degree murder and sentencing him to death for two of the murders and to life without parole for the...

People v. Rodas  
Date: November 26, 2018
Docket Number: S237379

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Court of Appeal and remanded with directions to reverse Defendant’s judgment of conviction, holding that the trial court erred in failing to suspend the criminal trial and i...

County of San Diego v. Commission on State Mandates  
Date: November 19, 2018
Docket Number: S239907

Justia Opinion Summary: In this case centering around who pays for the duties the Sexually Violent Predators Act (SVPA), Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code 6600 et seq., imposes on county governments, the Supreme Court held that the Commission on State Ma...

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