Appellate Trials

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Joe Grumbine and Joe Byron Denied Medical Defense in Long Beach Pot Trial

    ​Why Joe Byron and Joe Grumbine, the operators of two shuttered cannabis clubs in Long Beach as well as Garden Grove's Unit D collective, were ever charged for selling marijuana in the first place is a mystery. After all, Long Beach not only does not have any laws banning marijuana clubs in the ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Proposition 8 Ruling: One Challenge Rejected, Another Bounced Back to State Supreme Court

    ​In at least a partial setback for the h8rs, the Los Angeles Times reports that a federal appeals court has rejected Imperial County's challenge to Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that California's Proposition 8 ballot initiative, which banned same-sex marriage, is unconstitutional.The 9th Circuit Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    City Wins One, Loses One in Supreme Week

    ​It's rare for a city to be involved in one case before the U.S. Supreme Court, let alone two. By refusing to hear Long Beach-related appeals this week, justices handed the city one loss and one victory.After serving nearly 14 years in state prison for a 1988 child rape, Leonard McSherry of Santa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Supreme Court Weighs Orange County Poop

    ​The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to let Orange County's poop go . . . to Kern County.

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2010

    Domino's Calls Out Papa John's

    A while back, Papa John's claimed they used better ingredients in their pizzas than Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut sued them and won a judgment that Papa John's couldn't use the slogan "Better Ingredients. Better Pizza." because it falsely implied that the competition's ingredients were not fresh or wholesome ... More >>

  • News

    January 21, 2010
  • Blogs

    January 20, 2010

    Supposedly Broke Orly Taitz Appeals Santa Ana Case

    John Gilhooley / OC Weekly​When she's not posting copies of the President's late mother's social security card and asking newly elected Republican senator Scott Brown to sign on her lawsuit against Barack Obama, Laguna Niguel's Orly Taitz has lately taken to peppering her blog with statements like ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2010

    Octomom Wins Court Battle in Orange County Today

    ​This afternoon a California Court of Appeal slammed a former child actor who attempted to remove parental rights from Nadya Suleman, the single Orange County woman known around the world as "Octomom."In May 2009, Paul Petersen--a former child actor as a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club--asked ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Delayed YouTube Telecast of Prop 8 Trial OK'd (For Now)

    ​While Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the Prop 8 trial proceedings live, groups pushing for the broadcasts are somewhat consoled court-operated cameras in his courtroom will be allowed to operate for delayed release on YouTube. And th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 5, 2010

    Most Novel Spousal Support Idea of the Day!

    Cultural clash in court​Instead of a California court deciding how much money my ex-wife should get, allow me to choose five of her friends to make the decision.--Satya Reddi's courtroom proposal to Orange County Superior Court Judge Nancy A. Pollard, who was rebuked by a state court of appeal pan ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Justices Reject Convictions Against Man Who Allegedly Shot At Cops

    A dog of a case?​The Orange County District Attorney's Office twice has won convictions against Ernest Benefiel related to highly questionable allegations he assaulted police officers in a bizarre 2004 Fullerton incident, and now a state appeals court for the second time has rejected the prosecuti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    UCI's Chemerinsky to Represent Teacher in 'Jesus Glasses' Appeal

    James Corbett​The Register's Scott Martindale reports that the lovably liberal UCI Law dean, Erwin Chemerinsky, will help represent James Corbett in his appeal of the ruling earlier this year that he violated the Constitution by criticizing Creationism in a Capistrano Valley High School classroom. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    Free Speech Triumphs Over Gestapo in OC!

    Oppression didn't end in 1945​Folks are always complaining that Congress and state legislatures should not be allowed to meet except for a couple of weeks a year. It's an idea to help curtail the nanny-state notions of politicians of both major political parties. Good enough. But what about city ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2009

    Federal Panel Gives Ex-Sheriff Mike Carona Leniency

    Break out the vodka, boys!​As Orange County's Republican sheriff, Mike Carona liked to talk tough about granting no mercy to convicted felons, but ever since the ex-top cop turned convicted felon himself earlier this year he's been begging for leniency.This afternoon, the Ninth Circuit--the nation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2009

    LGBT Groups Seek to Intervene in Prop. 8 Challenge

    This just in from the ACLU, which believes the action taken today will help a judge hearing a challenge of Prop. 8 understand the unequal rights inherent in the ballot initiative . . . SAN FRANCISCO -- Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) and the American Civil Liberties Union ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2009

    CA Supreme Court To Business: Comply With ADA Or Expect Huge Penalties

    Angelucci and Gunther: Anti-Discrimination Heroes?On Friday, the California Supreme Court overturned a Santa Ana-based Court of Appeal decision that required plaintiffs in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-type cases to prove that businesses purposely violated the law by not making their facilit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2009

    Court Slaps Little Saigon Red-Baiter

    The decades-old Little Saigon sport of falsely labeling a fellow Vietnamese immigrant "a Communist" if that person doesn't share your right-wing politics now finally has consequences. Just ask Sinh Cuong Cao. In 2007, Kimoanh Nguyen-Lam (pictured) was fired as the nation's first Vietnamese American ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Taco Bell Crime of the Week!

    This one is from last week and involves Taco Bell itself!A federal appeals court Friday ruled that Taco Bell is solely liable for $42 million in breach-of-contract awards to two Michigan men who created the diminutive mascot that starred in the Irvine fast-food giant's hit $500-million advertising c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2008

    Police Chief Operates Surf City's Only Medical Marijuana Dispensary

    Cops around here have developed a nasty habit: bogarting joints. That is, they illegally confiscate medical marijuana, get dragged into court for violating state law, lollygag in chambers for years, and have the local verdict kicked up to appellate court, where they ultimately lose and have to give ... More >>

  • News

    March 27, 2008
  • Blogs

    January 17, 2008

    Nguyen vs. Nguyen: Janet Wins!

    Ok, so the timing sort of sucks for us, since we'd have liked to include the information in our story, but it's good news for Janet Nguyen: the California Court of Appeals ruled today, the same day our cover story hit the streets, that Janet did win her election, and therefore does get to stay in of ... More >>

  • News

    July 26, 2007

    Dudes Gone Wild

    Three odd tales from Orange Countys domestic-violence files

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2007

    Bad News for Ladies' Night at Clubs/Bars

    Yesterday, the California Supreme Court ruled that businesses charging one sex less for, say, entry or drinks cannot escape legal liability if the discriminated person fails to protest at the time. In July 2002, Marc Angelucci, Edgar Pacas, Elton Campbell and Jeff Kent were charged $20 entrance fe ... More >>

  • News

    May 17, 2007

    Badgering and Blunders

    Judges misconduct could set OC man free from six-year prison sentence

  • News

    May 10, 2007

    The Beer That Made Tustin Infamous

    OC cops seek to expand anti-public-drinking laws to private property

  • News

    March 15, 2007

    Andy Get Your Gun

    OC arms dealer with AK-47s, rocket launchers escapes prosecution

  • News

    November 2, 2006

    The Book of Judges

    WEB EXCLUSIVE! An incomplete guide to obscure races

  • News

    August 10, 2006

    The Last Picture Shaw

    Judge Susanne Shaws retirement leaves local courts less baffling, flawed, funny

  • News

    May 25, 2006

    'Holy Crap! I Lost Louis Eugene Craft!'

    Judge loses defendant in OC Jail for 494 days

  • News

    August 11, 2005

    Justice Takes a Beating

    OC court greenlights torture in local jails

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Lawyers, Monks and Money

    Fee decree may 'chill' enviro lawsuits

  • Features

    March 7, 2002

    Made in Newport Beach

    How Chris Cox helped produce the Enron scandal

  • News

    May 17, 2001


    DA checks out Big J-Mos alibi

  • News

    May 11, 2000

    A Second Chance

    Now free, OC cannabis crusader Marvin Chavez is ready to open a new front in the war on the War on Drugs

  • Columns

    February 17, 2000
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    December 10, 1998
  • Columns

    October 8, 1998