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Folsom Prostitute Pleads Guilty To Manslaughter, Drug Charges In Google Exec’s Death

A California prostitute charged with killing a Google executive with an overdose of heroin aboard his yacht pleaded guilty Tuesday to involuntary manslaughter and administering drugs.


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Jury Convicts Father Accused Of Tossing Daughter Off Cliff To Avoid Custody Payments

Cameron Brown showed no emotion as the verdict in the long-running case was read in Los Angeles Superior Court, while the mother of Lauren Sarene Key breathed heavily and began crying in the gallery.


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California Court: State Can Remove Out-Of-Control Child, Even If Parents Aren’t To Blame

“When a child thereby faces a substantial risk of serious physical harm, a parent’s inability to supervise or protect a child is enough by itself to invoke the juvenile court’s dependency jurisdiction,” the court said in its 3-0 ruling.


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Mom Accused Of Killing Baby Appears Briefly In Woodland Court

Samantha Green, the local woman accused of killing her 20-day-old infant in February, was back in court this morning.


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Court: Defendants Found Insane At Trial Don’t Have To Testify At Confinement Extension Hearings

The court, in a unanimous decision, said state law extends federal and state rights that defendants have during criminal proceedings to such mental health hearings. Among those rights is the U.S. Constitution’s 5th Amendment guarantee allowing defendants not to take the witness stand to avoid incriminating themselves.


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Woman Can Get Married To Dead Man, Utah Supreme Court Rules

Seventy-eight-year-old John Vanderwerff died without any children in 2010, and named Gardiner in his will. But four of his cousins argue the relationship didn’t fit the definition of a common-law marriage. A judge agreed she didn’t properly inform his estate of the union and tossed the marriage declaration.


Letitia Pepper says her rights were violated when she was arrested after repeatedly clapping at a Riverside City Council meeting. (Getty Images)

Jehovah’s Witnesses Ordered To Pay $13.5 Million In Molestation Case

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ordered to pay $13.5 million to a Southern California man who said he was molested as a child by a church member.



Insanity Defense Expected For Davis Mom Accused Of Killing Daughter

A Davis mother accused of killing her five-year-old daughter is expected to plead not guilty by reason of insanity at her next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.


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Woman Accused In Light-Rail Shooting Appears In Court

The woman accused of shooting and killing a light rail passenger in downtown Sacramento last month faced a judge again today.


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California Supreme Court Moves High-Speed Rail Case To Appeals Court

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday transferred a legal appeal over the state’s high-speed rail project to a state appellate court, declining to take up the case directly as Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration had requested.


Federal officials will avoid shackling immigrants at the San Francisco immigration court in many hearings. (Getty Images)

ICE To Limit Use Of Shackles At Immigration Court

ACLU class action lawsuit settlement applies only to cases in Northern California.


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Tracy Mall Shooting Suspect In Court Monday

The teen accused of opening fire at West Valley Mall in Tracy faced a judge this morning.