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California Supreme Court Justice Ming Chin to Retire

SAN FRANCISCO — A legal trailblazer and longest-serving sitting member of the California Supreme Court said Wednesday he'll retire this year, giving Gov. Gavin Newsom an opportunity to shape the state's highest...
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Court Won’t Block Death Penalty Trials Despite Moratorium

SACRAMENTO — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block death penalty cases from proceeding during Gov. Gavin Newsom's moratorium on executions. "In light of this paradigm shift, a California jury in a capital case cannot be expected to provide...
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State Supreme Court Blocks 3 Californias Vote

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Supreme Court blocked a measure Wednesday that would divide the state in three from appearing on the November ballot. The justices ordered the secretary of state not to put the...
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Will You Get To Vote on 3 Californias? Maybe Not.

SACRAMENTO — Opponents of an initiative to split California into three states asked the state Supreme Court to pull the measure from the ballot, arguing it's too drastic a change to state government to go through the normal initiative process. A lawsuit fil...