Description: Metropolitan News-Enterprise

Featuring articles on law and the courts, government, politics, business and health


Description: Description:

Employees May Be Barred From Sporting ‘Union Regalia’ in Courthouse—C.A.
(December 17, 2018)

Two Appointed to Los Angeles Superior Court
(December 17, 2018)

Superior Court Has Jurisdiction Over Custody Despite Earlier Decree in Foreign Nation
(December 17, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Affirms Contraceptive Regulation Injunction
(December 14, 2018)

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Carol Elswick Draws Public Admonishment From CJP
(December 14, 2018)

C.A. Affirms Discovery Sanction Imposed on Actress Amber Heard
(December 14, 2018)

Judge Acted in Excess of Jurisdiction in Remanding Case Sua Sponte
(December 14, 2018)

Tying Attorney-Fee Award to Lemon Law Recovery Is Improper
(December 13, 2018)

USC Student Expelled for Sexual Assault Was Denied Due Process by Adjudicator
(December 13, 2018)

Estimated Prospective Liability of $3.1 Billion Precludes Remand
(December 13, 2018)

C.A. Affirms $4 Million Default Judgment Against Jehovah’s Witnesses for Sexual Child Abuse
(December 12, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Resuscitates Action Against Maker of Nivea Under State’s UCL
(December 12, 2018)

Defense Verdict in Rose Rape Case Not Marred by Evidentiary Error
(December 11, 2018)

Orchestrator of Court Reporting Services Is Subject to State Regulations of CSRs
(December 11, 2018)

Specific Wage Order Takes Precedence Over General Statute
(December 11, 2018)

Lawyer Asserts NFL/DirecTV Deal Violates Antitrust Laws
(December 10, 2018)

Brown Names Three to L.A. Superior Court
(December 10, 2018)

Facebook May Lawfully Track Visits to Healthcare Sites
(December 7, 2018)

CCP §128.5, When Resurrected in 2014, Incorporated ‘Safe Harbor’ Proviso
(December 7, 2018)

$1.9 Million Default Judgment Voided Based on Deviation From Order in Publishing Summons
(December 6, 2018)

C.A. Overturns Man’s Assault Convictions, Extolls 64-Year-Old Williamson Rule
(December 6, 2018)

Parole Revocation, Absent Stipulation, Beyond Power of Commissioner
(December 6, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Revives Action Against Judge Otis Wright
(December 6, 2018)

Ordinary Standard of Care Applies in UCLA Stabbing Case
(December 5, 2018)

Conclusive Effect of Findings in Bar Proceedings In Other States Comports With Due Process
(December 5, 2018)

Law Against Encouraging Illegal Immigration Invalidated
(December 5, 2018)

Panel Reinstates Candidate’s Action Over Barring His Party Preference From Ballot
(December 4, 2018)

Gauging Ability to Pay Probation Fee Can’t Be Delegated to Probation Officer—C.A.
(December 4, 2018)

C.A. Won’t Resuscitate Action by Whistleblower Against GOP
(December 4, 2018)

Ex-Coach’s Bullying Investigation Report to Stay Private
(December 3, 2018)

C.A. Affirms Domestic Violence Restaining Order Imposed on Lawyer Who Harassed Ex-Boyfriend
(December 3, 2018)

Seven Appointed to Los Angeles Superior Court
(November 30, 2018)

C.A. Upholds Officer’s Suspension for ‘Ethnic’ Remark Relating to Race
(November 30, 2018)

Court of Appeal Reinstates State’s Assisted-Suicide Law
(November 29, 2018)

Republican Club Sues Western Justice Center, City of Pasadena Over Effort to Block Speech
(November 29, 2018)

USC Not Liable to Woman Injured at Off-Campus Fraternity Party
(November 29, 2018)

Governor Elevates Rubin to Presiding Justice, Names Currey, Wiley to Vacancies
(November 28, 2018)

Burden Was on DUI Defendant to Show Blood Drawn in Unreasonable Manner
(November 28, 2018)

Assumption of Risk Not Established in Sports-Injury Case
(November 28, 2018)

Defendant Who Quit Medication Entitled to Competency Hearing
(November 27, 2018)

Commission on Judicial Appointments Confirms Five Selections for California Courts of Appeal
(November 27, 2018)

Impregnating Californian Didn’t Establish Personal Jurisdiction
(November 27, 2018)

Reassertion of Previously Rejected Stance Is Not Apt to Find Favor—Ninth Circuit
(November 27, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Finds Sentence Imposed By Judge Real Violated Statute
(November 27, 2018)

Removal to Federal Court Didn’t Defeat State-Law Fee Claim
(November 26, 2018)

Father’s English Proficiency Improperly Used As a Factor in Child Custody Award
(November 26, 2018)

Brown Elevates Two to First District Court of Appeal
(November 26, 2018)

Action Properly Dismissed Based on Triviality of Claims
(November 23, 2018)

Five-Year Period for Bringing Action to Trial Not Tolled by Partial Stay—C.A.
(November 23, 2018)

Riverside Sheriff’s Department Had Duty to Search for Lost Bicyclist
(November 23, 2018)

Ninth U.S. Circuit Panel Revives Honey Badger Trademark Suit
(November 21, 2018)

Judge Can’t Grant Anti-SLAPP Motion After Plaintiff Dismisses, Absent Fee Motion
(November 21, 2018)

Rights Group Has No Standing to Challenge Synagogue’s Killing of Chickens in Ritual
(November 21, 2018)

Award of Attorney Fees at ‘Big-City’ Rate Proper Where Local Counsel Unavailable
(November 21, 2018)

Race Wasn’t Main Factor in City Council’s Redistricting
(November 20, 2018)

40.9 Percent of Those Taking July Bar Exam Pass
(November 20, 2018)

Mixed-Motives Can Support Discrimination Claim Under §1941
(November 20, 2018)

Lawsuit by Former Acupuncturist Accused Of Running Cult Was a SLAPP—C.A.
(November 20, 2018)

Complexity of Issues Didn’t Justify Denial of Relief From Jury Waiver
(November 20, 2018)

California C.A. Decision Requires Reinstating Action Against Bayer
(November 19, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Affirms $2,500 Sanction on Lawyer For Disobeying Orders in Tobacco Case
(November 19, 2018)

Ninth U.S. Circuit Voids $2.8 Million Restitution Order
(November 19, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Mulls Extent of Protection To Accord Probationers’ PCs, Phones
(November 16, 2018)

‘God’s Not Dead’ Plagiarism Lawsuit Revived
(November 16, 2018)

Brown Names Senior Advisor Groban To California Supreme Court
(November 15, 2018)

Correction of Prior Judge’s Legal Error In Setting Bail Was Itself Error—C.A.
(November 15, 2018)

Must Cut Fee Award for Partly Successful Anti-SLAPP Motion
(November 15, 2018)

IALA ‘Roasts’ Attorney Thomas P. Cacciatore
(November 15, 2018)

Strip Club’s Challenge to Ordinance Fails, Writ Hearing Was Fair Trial—C.A.
(November 14, 2018)

C.A. Affirms Parental Rights for Mother, Two Fathers
(November 14, 2018)

Subpoenaing Irrelevant Matter Isn’t Abuse of Process
(November 14, 2018)

Heavy Metal Drummer Not Entitled To Disqualify Bandmate’s Lawyer
(November 13, 2018)

C.A. Questions Lowering Attorney Fees Based on Displeasure With Lemon Law
(November 13, 2018)

Ninth Circuit Finds $10 Infringement Award Was Adequate
(November 13, 2018)

News Archives

Click Below for


(stories listed by date, in descending order)



                            Description: viewpoint.gif

Decision on ‘California Rule’ Will Impact Who Rules California

(In My Opinion, December 11, 2018)

HJTA’s 2018 Scorecard Identifies Taxpayer Allies, Foes
(In My Opinion, December 4, 2018)

Taxpayers Give Thanks but Worry About the Future
(In My Opinion, November 27, 2018)

Rejection of Proposition 6 Doesn’t End the Taxpayer Revolt
(In My Opinion, November 20, 2018)

Did California Save Ted Cruz?
(In My Opinion, November 14, 2018)

Look Past the Deceptive Labeling on Proposition 6
(In My Opinion, November 6, 2018)

Coletta, Michel, Cho, Perez Endorsed for Superior Court
(Editorial, November 5, 2018)

Sentence Exceeding the Defendant’s Life Serves No Rational Purpose


(In My Opinion, November 1, 2018)

Your Property Tax Bill May Have Some Suprises
(In My Opinion, October 30, 2018)

The FPPC Finally Lowers the Boom
(In My Opinion, October 23, 2018)

State High Court Takes Look at Duty of Loyalty Toward a Client and Attorney Fees


(The Legal Community, October 4, 2018)

Parents of Appeals Court Justices Should Have Taught Their Kids Better Manners
(Perspectives, October 2, 2018)

Judge Lifts Invalid Order That Should Not Have Been Made
(Editorial, October 1, 2018)

Here We Go Again…
(Editorial, September 28, 2018)

If She Gets to, I Do Too! Candidate Asserts in Writ Petition
(Perspectives, August 22, 2018)

Candidate Seeks to Skirt New Law Curbing Misleading Ballot Designations
(Editorial, August 21, 2018)

Courts of Appeal Seek to ‘Secretize’ Public Matters
(Perspectives, July 18, 2018)

A District Court Judge Defies U.S. Supreme Court Precedent
(Perspectives, July 17, 2018)

AB2185 Would Permit Civil Defendants to Waive the Public’s Right to Know
(Perspectives, July 10, 2018)

Summary of Endorsements
(Editorial, June 5, 2018)

10 Endorsed for Los Angeles Superior Court
(Editorial, June 4, 2018)

Consitutional Law: Taxes, Guns & Privacy: We Need A Pardon!
(The Legal Community, May 23, 2018)

Candidate Says She’s Pleased L.A. Times Endorsed Her Opponent
(Perspectives, May 21, 2018)

[X] Dennis P. Vincent
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

[X] Ken Fuller
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

Seven Endorsed for Los Angeles Superior Court
(Editorial, May 16, 2018)

[ ] No Endorsement
(Editorial, May 15, 2018)

[X] Troy Davis
(Editorial, May 15, 2018)

Registrar-Recorder Refuses to Accede to a Judge’s Determination
(Perspectives, April 3, 2018)

More Candidates Try to Get by With Bogus Ballot Designations
(Perspectives, March 14, 2018)

New Law on Ballot Designations Doesn’t Stop Shenanigans
(Perspectives, March 13, 2018)

[X]Malcolm Mackey
(Editorial, February 27, 2018)

County Squanders Funds in Defense of Lawyer Who Acts Like a Brat
(Perspectives, October 16, 2017)

LACBA’s Interim CEO Misinforms Trustees, Calls for Imprudent Action
(Perspectives, July 19, 2017)

Should LACBA Encourage People Not to Hire Lawyers?
(Perspectives, July 18, 2017)

Civil Rights: The CIA, Torture, the State Supreme Court and the Fate of Independent Contactors


(The Legal Community, June 15, 2017)

LACBA-Gate Puts Spotlight on Good Guys, Bad Guys
(Perspectives, May 30, 2017)

Stevens, Brown Need to Explain…If They Can
(Perspectives, May 25, 2017)

Secret Task Force Produces Secret Report; Secret Committee Makes Nominations
(Perspectives, May 16, 2017)

Wrongdoing in LACBA: Schemers Slate New Election
(Perspectives, May 5, 2017)

SB 235—Judicial Elections Reform Bill—Seen as Worthwhile
(Letters to a Senator, April 28, 2017)

SB 235 Would Meaningfully Reform Judicial Elections
(Editorial, April 6, 2017)

Civil Rights: Marijuana Is Here to Stay

(The Legal Community, February 16, 2017)

Elwood Lui: Following in the Footsteps of David Yaffe
(Perspectives, February 14, 2017)

Acting PD Seeks to Fool the Board of Supervisors
(Perspectives, February 10, 2017)

Lawyers Seek to Justify Shielding of Identities of Cheerleaders/Litigants
(Perspectives, January 19, 2017)

Secrecy in LACBA: A Look Back, a Look Forward
(Perspectives, December 28, 2016)

How Far Has LACBA Come in the Past 50 Years?
(Perspectives, December 22, 2016)

Summary of Judicial Endorsements
(Editorial, November 3, 2016)

JEEC Is Not Comprised of Members Meeting the Prime Criterion
(Perspectives, November 2, 2016)

LACBA Seeks to Promote Candidacies of Three Judicial Aspirants
(Perspectives, November 1, 2016)

Judge Percy ‘Mad Dog’ Anderson Clings to Baca Case
(Perspectives, August 16, 2016)

[X] E. Matthew Aceves
(Editorial, August 2, 2016)

The Only Appropriate Course for Baca’s Prosecutors: Move for Dismissal
(Editorial, July 26, 2016)

Percy Anderson: Is He Fit to Be a Judge?
(Perspectives, July 25, 2016)

U.S. Attorney’s Office Acts Viciously in Seeking Incarceration of Ex-Sheriff Baca
(Perspectives, July 14, 2016)

LACBA Installation: Gouging Price, Lousy Food, Babbling Barristers
(Perspectives, June 29, 2016)

LACBA Chief Margaret Stevens: Does She Fail to Grasp the Mandate for Reform?
(Perspectives, June 28, 2016)

Summary of Recommendations in Superior Court Races
(Editorial, June 6, 2016)

Endorsements in LACBA Election
(Editorial, June 6, 2016)

LACBA’s General Counsel: A Loose Cannon
(Perspectives, May 23, 2016)

[X] Ray Santana
(Editorial, May 9, 2016)

[X] Cyndy Zuzga
(Editorial, May 9, 2016)

[X] Susan Jung Townsend
(Editorial, April 29, 2016)

[X] David Berger
(Editorial, April 22, 2016)

[X] James Kaddo
(Editorial, April 22, 2016)

LACBA Leaders Engage in Election Misdeeds
(Editorial, April 19, 2016)

State Bar Misrepresents Extent of Its Victory in Dunn Case
(Perspectives, April 12, 2016)

LACBA Nominating Committee Displays Short-Sightedness
(Perspectives, April 8, 2016)

[X] Steven Schreiner
(Editorial, March 31, 2016)

[X] Kathryn Ann Solorzano
(Editorial, March 16, 2016)

LACBA Should Swerve From Its Perilous Course
(Editorial, March 15, 2016)

LACBA Censors Report Critical of LACBA

(Viewpoint, March 4, 2016)

Saladino Entered Into an Accord; His Claim Against the County Is a Sham
(Perspectives, December 15, 2015)

C.A. Permits Amended Complaint Contradicting Previous Pleadings
(Perspectives, December 9, 2015)

‘But Officer, Don’t You See My Windshield Decal?’
(Perspectives, December 7, 2015)

Court of Appeal Justice Judith Ashmann-Gerst Backs Down, but Only a Little
(Perspectives, December 3, 2015)

LACBA Sections Need More Information Than They’ve Been Promised
(Perspectives, December 1, 2015)

Attorney Asks Court of Appeal to Strip Potshots at Him From Opinion
(Perspectives, November 24, 2015)

Take Your Choice: A Traffic Ticket or a Ticket to the Policemen’s Ball
(Perspectives, November 17, 2015)

ACLU’s Action to Bar Cross From County Seal to Be Decided Without Witnesses
(Perspectives, November 12, 2015)

Justice Ashmann-Gerst Owes Apology to Lawyers She Berated
(Perspectives, November 9, 2015)

License Plates With Low Numbers Became Political Rewards
(Perspectives, November 5, 2015)

Mayors, Governors, ‘Special’ Deputies Had Cars Equipped With Sirens
(Perspectives, November 2, 2015)

Paper ‘Courtesy Cards’ Were Desirable—but Gold Ones Were All the More So
(Perspectives, October 29, 2015)

‘Courtesy Cards’ Shield Bearer From Traffic Tickets
(Perspectives, October 27, 2015)

Presley Garners Another Badge, Thanks to Richard Nixon
(Perspectives, October 22, 2015)

Government Regulation: Court of Appeal Shines Light on Liquor Licensing

(The Legal Community, October 20, 2015)

Elvis Presley: The Man Who Flimflammed President Nixon
(Perspectives, October 19, 2015)

Alighting From a Car With a Revolving Blue Light Is ‘Lawman’ Elvis Presley
(Perspectives, October 13, 2015)

Myths Surround Los Angeles Badges Given to Elvis Presley
(Perspectives, October 7, 2015)

Carrying a Badge, Elvis Presley Play-Acts the Role of a Policeman
(Perspectives, September 24, 2015)

Chinese Americans Face a Challenging Road to Admission

(The Legal Community, September 17, 2015)

Judges Should Not Enjoy Impunity From Prosecution for Perjury
(Editorial, September 16, 2015)

Honorary Badges Evoke Controversies Across the Continent
(Perspectives, August 18, 2015)

Controversies Over Badges Erupt at State Level
(Perspectives, August 13, 2015)

Federal Government Requires Peering Through Students’ Bedroom Windows
(Perspectives, July 27, 2015)

Propagators of the Jury System: the Vikings, a King, and a Pope
(Perspectives, July 20, 2015)

Appeals Court Seals Document in Contravention of Legal Requisites
(Perspectives, July 9, 2015)

Los Angeles County Bar Association Fleeces Attendees at Installation
(Perspectives, July 2, 2015)

Lamar W. Baker: ‘Sign In, Please’—Like Other White House Visitors
(Perspectives, June 25, 2015)

Did Lamar W. Baker Lie About Working in the White House?
(Perspectives, June 22, 2015)

A House for Equal Justice, From Design to Completion

(Feature, June 18, 2015)

Court of Appeal Questions Trial Court’s Sealing of Entire Complaint
(Perspectives, June 16, 2015)

Floridian Who Wants to Litigate in Secrecy Finds California a Desirable Venue
(Perspectives, June 3, 2015)

Merrill Lynch ‘Wealth Advisor’ Is Allowed to Litigate in Partial Secrecy
(Perspectives, June 2, 2015)

Lamar W. Baker: Bereft of Credentials for the State Appellate Bench, He’s Been Appointed
(Perspectives, May 27, 2015)

Is the Concept of Due Process Derived From the Magna Carta?
(Perspectives, May 7, 2015)

USC Professor Points Out: Magna Carta Didn’t Confer Right to Jury
(Perspectives, May 6, 2015)

C.A. Justice Terms Previous Utterance ‘Ambiguous’—Won’t Admit It Was Error
(Perspectives, April 28, 2015)

Times Story Leads to A.G. Opinion That Daunts Conferring of Honorary Badges
(Perspectives,April 27, 2015)

Flashing of Unofficial Badges Persists Into the New Millennium
(Perspectives, March 23, 2015)

In the 1970s, Heads of Law Enforcement Agencies Continue Awarding Honorary Badges
(Perspectives, March 16, 2015)

Controversies Over Honorary Peace Officer Badges: Not Unique to L.A. City or County
(Perspectives, March 3, 2015)

‘We Refer to the Parties by Their First Names…Not Out of Disrespect.’ Balderdash.
(Perspectives,January 12, 2015)

County of L.A. Lags Behind City in Getting Serious About Denying Badges to Non-Officers
(Perspectives, December 17, 2014)

Lamar W. Baker: Bereft of Credentials for the State Appellate Bench, He’s Apt to be Appointed
(Perspectives, December 5, 2014)

Recalling the Days When the Judges Cracked Down on Vice in Hollywood

(Feature, December 1, 2014)

Remember That Honorary Badge We Gave You? We Want It Back—Sheriff Pitchess
(Perspectives, October 29, 2014)


Description: Description:
in judicial elections




By Roger M. Grace

District Attorneys of  Los Angeles County

See Grace's nostalgia column, Reminiscing


By Jon Coupal and others

along with opinion columns that appear occasionally and "letters to the editor"

for current columns, see "Recent Articles," above

Description: Description:


Compose and submit a letter online by clicking below.

Description: Description:

Letters are subject to being edited and become the property of the Metropolitan News Company. To submit communications to the News Department that are not intended for publication, or to send press releases, please e-mail them to


Entire contents copyrighted, 1990-2018, Metropolitan News Company.
All rights reserved.