He drank and drove for a good cause in 1984

I did a little archive search in our library and came across this clipping from March 22, 1984, when Gary Hickey was a deputy district attorney. He took part in a drinking and driving test in a program to promote safety: HickeyDriverSafety

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Trial briefs in Trulsson vs SJ County

Former assistant chief investigator Janis Trulsson won $2 million lawsuit against San Joaquin County on a claim her former employer, District Attorney James Willett, retaliation against her.

View their arguments:   JanisTrulssonTrialBrief     SJCountyTrialBriefTrulssonSuit

View the story: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140402/A_NEWS/404020323&cid=mostclicked


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Blufford Hayes will seek new trial

Blufford Hayes, a former death row inmate who represented himself in his retrial and then decided not to attend the trial, was convicted by a jury recently — again. He wrote me a letter, which I received today (Feb. 21, 2014), explaining the reasons for his absence. He also said he intends to seek a new trial. Here is the last story: http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140124/A_NEWS/401240313/0/SEARCH 

Read the letters: HayesLetter , HayesLetter2


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High school mock trial honors LA public defender

The San Joaquin County Office of Education’s Tuesday mock trial for high school students — “People vs. Rae Concha” — was written by the Constitutional Rights Foundation.

“Rae Concha” is a fictitious character named after the late Los Angeles County Public Defender Bureau Chief Michael Concha. The real Concha was a great supporter of the foundation.

See the coverage of the high school competition today’s paper: Tuesday’s round of mock trials


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Judicial Council considers changes to trial court funding

SACRAMENTO — The state Judicial Council will meet Feb. 20 to consider recommendations to make revisions to the Workload-Based Allocation and Funding Methodology.
The Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee proposed establishing “an absolute funding floor to address unrealistically low funding for rural courts with fewer than 50 employees,” a press release says.
A live audiocast of the meeting, which will be held in Sacramento, will be on the California Courts website, and the agenda and reports also have been posted online. 
Other things they will discuss:
“Superior Court of Kings County Applies for State-Level Reserve Funding: The council will consider recommendations and options on the Superior Court of Kings County’s application for supplemental funding related to the implementation of its new case management system. $35.2 million remains of the 2 percent state level reserve set-aside in the Trial Court Trust Fund for FY 2013–2014. By statute, the Judicial Council after October 31 and before March 15 of each year may distribute the remaining funds if there has been a request from a trial court(s) for unforeseen emergencies or unanticipated expenses for existing programs. The council then allocates to all courts after March 15 a proportionate share of any unexpended funds from the 2% state-level reserve.
Funding for Criminal Justice Realignment, Court-Appointed Dependency Counsel, and Workers’ Compensation Liabilities: The council will consider a recommendation from its Trial Court Budget Advisory Committee to allocate $7.64 million in funding from the Trial Court Trust Fund and the State Trial Court Improvement and Modernization Fund for costs associated with criminal justice realignment, court-appointed dependency counsel, and the settlement of workers’ compensation tail claim liabilities.
California State Auditor Report on AOC Procurement Practices: The council will receive and discuss a reportreleased by the California State Auditor in December that is required to be performed to assess the implementation of the Judicial Branch Contract Law by the Supreme Court, Courts of Appeal, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Habeas Corpus Resource Center. The Auditor reported that although these entities are generally complying with the law’s requirements and with the provisions of the Judicial Branch Contracting Manual, they need to improve certain practices.”

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Judge’s order: victim’s mother can sue the county

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Morrison England said it is likely the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office caused “profound grief” to the family of slain 16-year-old JoAnn Hobson, a suspected victim of Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog, when Sheriff Steve Moore authorized the use of heavy machinery and allowed media crews to broadcast the recovery of Hobson’s bones from a Linden well.

Click this link to view the order: ShelleyvsCounty

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Reports on the conditions at California Health Care Facility

Here is the medical receiver’s tri-annual report to the federal courts: 25th Tri-Annual Rpt – V 1-31-14 Final

Here is a report from the Prison Law Office: PrisonLawOfficeReportOnCHCF

Read our coverage of a facility tour:  

Curing ‘hiccups:’ Officials say changes under way to fix issues at prison medical facility


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Callahan Inn of Court nationally recognized

The American Inns of Court has awarded the Callahan Inn of Court the “platinum” designation as part of its “Achieving Excellence” program.

The local group received the designation at a meeting Jan. 9 at Humphreys College’s Laurence Drivon School of Law.

The honor places the Callahan Inn of Court among other elite chapters across the country and is considered its highest honor.

Recognition highlights the chapter’s practices as effective in five “core competencies” of administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach.

Members of the Callahan Inn of Court received recognition Jan. 9. Photo courtesy of Michael R. Tener.

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Knife suspect had in Sunday’s officer involved shooting

This is the knife police say Donald Haynes had when he confronted officers. Haynes, the suspected in a domestic violence incident, was shot and killed by police Sunday morning.






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Search warrant documents in Weston Ranch murder




The victim’s long-time friend Bryan Cook and the victim’s girlfriend Valentine Paz have been charged in the case. View the search warrant returns filed in court by Stockton police: CookSearch1 Cooksearch2 Cooksearch3



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