Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Boy Scouts Hid Allegations Of Abuse For Decades

According to a Los Angeles Times report, for over two decades, the Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of alleged child molesters to police and often hid the allegations from parents and the public.  A review of 1,600 confidential files dating from 1970 to 1991 has found that Scouting officials frequently urged admitted offenders to quietly resign and helped many cover their tracks.  In the majority of cases, the Scouts learned of alleged abuse after it had been reported to the authorities.  But in more that 500 instances, the Scouts learned about it from boys, parents, staff members or anonymous tips.  In about 400 of those cases, there is no record of Scouting officials reporting the allegations to police.  In more than 100 of the cases, officials actively sought to conceal the alleged abuse or allowed the suspects to hide it.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Wisconsin Judge overturns Wisconsin Union Rights Limiting Law

ABC is reporting that a Dane County Circuit Judge has ruled that the law violates both the state and U.S. Constitution and is null and void. The ruling applies to all local public workers affected by the law, including teachers and city and county government employees, but not those who work for the state. They were not a party to the lawsuit, which was brought by a Madison teachers union and a Milwaukee public workers union.

This ruling means that local Wisconsin government and schools now must once again bargain over those issues. The state Supreme Court in June 2011 ruled that the law was constitutional after it had been blocked by a different Dane County judge on a challenge over its passage being a violation of open meetings law. Anger over the law's passage led to an effort to recall Walker from office. More than 930,000 signatures were collected triggering the June recall election. Walker won and became the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Supreme Court To Hear Race-Based College Admissions Case

MSNBC is reporting that the Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in university admissions in an appeal brought by a white student denied a spot at the flagship campus of the University of Texas. The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in freshmen admissions. I wrote about this potential danger regarding Historically Black Colleges and Universities while I was in law school. This time around, however, a more conservative court is being asked to jettison that ruling and outlaw affirmative action in the university setting. Stay tuned.

Monday, February 6, 2012

The Private Defenders Trial Lawyer of The Year

I'm humbled and honored to have been chosen as one of the Trial Lawyers of The Year by The Private Defenders Criminal Bar Association for 2012. I and Dennis Wilson were chosen for our work on the David Green double homicide death penalty case, which resulted in a hung jury.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Advocacy group sues Brawley Elementary School District over firing of Ron Garcia

Here is an interesting article on a writ of mandate lawsuit that my firm filed in Brawley California on behalf of The Institute For Socio-Economic Justice.

The writ of mandate that we filed was against the Brawley Elementary School District. It demands that the district reinstate former superintendent Ron Garcia and declare the school board's decision to fire Garcia null and void. In firing Garcia, the school board violated a plethora of provisions under the Brown Act and the California Government Code. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Press Conference For John Horton

Here was some interesting press coverage that we got on our lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Sheriff Dept. for the senseless death of John Horton while at the Men's Central jail. John was found dead under suspicious circumstances while in solitary confinement. Trial is currently set for September of this year.