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    March 19, 2014
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    July 22, 2013

    Marriage Equality Folks Still Trying to Stop Gay Marriage

    Two San Francisco pols -- California Attorney General Kamala Harris and San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera -- rebuffed marriage equality opponents today, urging the California Supreme Court Monday to ignore two new lawsuits aimed to again try stop same-sex marriage. The two lawsuits are att ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2013

    Same-Sex Marriage Foes Lose Again, Court Rules Gays Can Keep Getting Married

    It appears those folks out there who are really, really, really scared of gay marriage are going to have to start facing their fears. The California Supreme Court is reportedly refusing to, once again, block gay couples from getting married, which means you can keep sending out those save the date ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Anti-Gay Marriage Folks Just Can't Let it Go, File Petition to Stop Same-Sex Weddings

    Acceptance is always the hardest part of the letting go process, and it appears there's a legion of anti-gay people out there struggling with the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to let gays marry. Big time. According to the City Attorney's Office, opponents of same-sex marriage are now asking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2013

    More than 400 Same-Sex Couples Got Hitched Over Gay Pride Weekend

    Within an hour after the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday lifted its 2010 injunction that prohibited same-sex marriages, gay couples rushed to San Francisco City Hall to tie the knot. By the end of Sunday, the city clerk had performed 469 same-sex marriage ceremonies, city officials said tod ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    Supreme Court Paves the Way for Gay Marriage, Strikes Down DOMA, Dismisses Prop. 8

    In a 5-4 ruling this morning the U.S. Supreme Court deemed section 3 of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act -- the part that prohibited same-sex couples from tax breaks and other benefits associated with marriage -- unconstitutional on equal protection grounds. It also toppled an appeal of a landmark C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    San Francisco Celebrates Gay Marriage

    Hundreds of gay marriage supporters gathered at city hall early this morning to wait -- and then celebrate -- the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act. Minutes after the top court announced that it was tossing out Prop. 8, the state's ban on gay marriage, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Supreme Court to Hear Prop 8 Arguments Tomorrow

    Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will begin hearing two cases that will decide the fate of same-sex marriage -- Prop 8 and DOMA. According to Buzzfeed, people have been lining up outside the Supreme Court since last Thursday, hoping to score a front-row seat for the landmark proceedings. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    James Craig Davis, Berkeley Bank Robbery Suspect, Arrested in Missouri

    On January 16, a man holding a gun stole $6,014 from Mechanics Bank in Berkeley. Security camera footage showed the man point the gun at a teller, then lean over the counter and grab the cash from the drawer. The video also caught a distinguishing feature on the robber: what appeared to be a tatto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    Marijuana Still Has No Medical Value, Court Says

    The United States Court of Appeals delivered pot smokers some bad news today, ruling that marijuana is a dangerous and highly addictive drug with no medical value. In a 2-1 decision on the medical marijuana reclassification case, Americans for Safe Access v. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Village Voice Media Executives Can Sue Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Court Rules

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that SF Weekly's parent company, Village Voice Media, can sue the notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Our sister paper, The Phoenix New Times, published the following story after the court made its decision in San Francisco. Nighttime arrests ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    State Supreme Court, Legislature Want to Give Juveniles Serving Life Sentences a Shot at Parole

    On June 6, 2007, Rodrigo Caballero, a 16-year-old member of the Vario Lancas gang in Los Angeles, jumped out of a green Toyota and opened fire on three Val Verde gang rivals walking down the street. He missed two of his targets, but the third caught a non-fatal gunshot wound near the shoulder blade. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Advocates to Argue DEA in Federal Court

    Is marijuana a medicine, or is it a vitality-sucking, life-destroying devil weed? Cannabis advocates and law enforcement don't exactly see eye-to-eye on this crucial point -- but for the first time, a judge will be called in to decide.A federal court of appeals in Washington, D.C., late last week ag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Michael Breyer: Good Job, Dad!

    Michael Breyer, the Assembly candidate who will duel Phil Ting to represent the segment of San Francisco where people have lawns -- and mow them -- made an announcement today. The candidate let it be known that this morning's Supreme Court ruling upholding Obamacare was to his liking. In this, he wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    San Francisco Has Mixed Feelings About Arizona Immigration Decision

    In April 2010, Supervisor David Campos issued an official resolution to boycott the state of Arizona to demonstrate his opposition toward the controversial Arizona Senate Bill 1070, which gave cops the authority to check the status of residents without probable cause. Campos wanted to "stand in soli ... More >>

  • News

    June 6, 2012
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    March 13, 2012

    Medical Marijuana Cancer Patient Booted from UCSF

    ​Angel Raich is busy dying. The famous marijuana activist -- who took the federal government to the Supreme Court of the United States for the right to use medical cannabis -- was, earlier this year diagnosed with an inoperable terminal brain tumor, a condition that causes frequent seizures as wel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    Prop. 8 Might Not Go Before the Supreme Court

    ​Earlier this month, the debate over same-sex marriage in California continued what some have speculated is an inexorable march to the U.S. Supreme Court, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld a decision striking down Proposition 8, the state's gay-marriage ban.Yet a story pu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Prop. 8 Appeals Court Ruling: Inside the Dissenting Opinion

    ​Same-sex marriage advocates rejoiced today as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker's 2010 decision that Proposition 8, the 2008 California ballot initiative banning gay marriage, is unconstitutional.The decision is almost certainly destine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2011

    Alameda Gun Ordinance to Go Before Full 9th Circuit Appeals Court

    ​The quest for the rights of ordinary, hardworking Americans to carry bazookas and roll Abrams tanks across government property continues its slow advance. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has  agreed to revisit an Alameda County couple's claim that a law banning guns on county land ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Supreme Court Shoots Down State Ban on Violent Videogames

    Keep shooting, kids​Kids can continue to legally play ultraviolent videogames after the Supreme Court ruled this morning that California cannot restrict kids from buying or renting the shooting games.  The court voted 7-2 that such a ban, which was spearheaded by Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Franci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Get Ready, Facebook: Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss Will See Another Day in Court

    The Winklevii just love to litigate.​The Winklevoss twins, of Facebook history fame, have just delivered what is essentially a giant "JK" to the social networking site.Aaron Sorkin, we hope you're paying attention to this. By all accounts, Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss, the identical twins who say ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United Ruling Cost S.F. $290,000

    They're not using real money to elect pliant candidates, are they?​The U.S. Supreme Court's crappy Citizens United ruling, which allowed unlimited corporate funding of independent political advertising, just cost San Francisco $290,000.That Supreme Court's 2010 ruling, it turns out, affected the o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2011

    Kamala Harris Wants Federal Appeals Court To Allow Gay Marriages Now

    Harris: Let the people marry​Supporters of same-sex marriage just got a powerful ally: California Attorney General Kamala Harris. The newly minted AG is urging the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to allow gay couples to marry while it considers a federal appeal over the constitutionality of Propositi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Playstation 3 Owners Lose Court Battle Against Sony

    This does not resemble a personal computer​Playstation 3 owners who have been grousing over their video game gadgets have something more to complain about.A federal judge has dismissed most their claims filed in a class action lawsuit against Sony last year. A group of gamers accused the entertain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Duraflame Burned in Court

    You! Put it out! ​Last month, SF Weekly reported on just what happens if you light a fire on a Spare the Air Day: They ask you not to. Then, if you're busted a second time, you're out $400. And while the Bay Area Air Quality Management District uses the term "wood fires," there's a broad variety o ... More >>

  • News

    December 1, 2010
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    November 9, 2010

    Zynga Scams Lawsuit to Move Forward

    Treacherous ground?​A federal judge has found that Zynga is responsible for allegedly misleading business offers marketed to players of its popular Facebook games, setting the stage for a class-action lawsuit against the San Francisco-based company to move ahead.The plaintiff in the case, Rebecca ... More >>

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    November 3, 2010
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    September 22, 2010

    Lawsuit Over Bungled City Housing Program Moves to State Courts

    You can't go home again​Following a setback in federal court, a lawsuit over a badly managed affordable-housing program has been refiled in San Francisco Superior court, where the lawyers for aggrieved residents enrolled in the program say they hope they'll have better luck.The troubled housing pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Judge Vaughn Walker Targeted for Impeachment

    Judge Vaugn Walker is not universally popular these days​ In an effort to undermine his Prop. 8 ruling, the American Family Association is leading a campaign to impeach Judge Vaughn Walker. The right-leaning pro-family organization states in a letter on its website that Walker should not have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2010

    Google Age Discrimination Suit by 'Fuddy-Duddy' Brian Reid Moves Forward

    Brian Reid's Google stock options would have been worth between $45 million and $60 million​Brian Reid is revered in the tech industry for helping to craft the first firewall, the AltaVista search engine, and the the alt.* hierarchy of newsgroups in Usenet. But he is 60 years old -- twice the age ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Feds' Case Against Bonds Evaporating

    Feds Losing Their Heads​The quest to incarcerate home run champion Barry Lamar Bonds took a perhaps fatal twist on Friday, when a judge ruled that prosecutors cannot use key evidence in their case to prove the 45-year old slugger lied about using steroids.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Memo to Elena Kagan: Come Out of the Closet

    Elena Kagen's life as a -- ahem -- softball player shouldn't be a big secret​"She's a lesbian!" said Betty White over and over again on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. White was talking about a character in a Little Women parody but she might as well have been talking about Elena Kagan, ... More >>

  • News

    February 10, 2010
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    November 10, 2009

    City Attorney May Seek Court Ruling on Legality of New Sanctuary Policy

    City Attorney Dennis Herrera indicated today that he might seek a ruling from a federal court assuring the legality of San Francisco's newly minted sanctuary policy, shortly after supervisors voted to override Mayor Gavin Newsom's veto of the law. The new city policy establishes a more permissive ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2009

    Chronic City: Court Says Patients Can Collectively Grow Medical Marijuana

    photobucket.comOfficer, release that plantSome rural sheriff's departments still haven't really come to terms with the fact that medical marijuana is now legal in California, despite having had since 1996 to adjust to the concept. But in a landmark ruling, an appellate court today protected the righ ... More >>

  • News

    April 22, 2009

    Whipped and Gagged

    Is government spending obscene? Well, it paid to train S&M filmmakers.

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2009

    The Gathering Storm: Lawyers, Loonies, Activists Ready for Prop. 8 Battle

    Civic Center Plaza, 6:58 a.m. By 7 a.m., the anti-homosexual zealots were roaring, the police were telling the guy with the Sodomy-Will-Destroy-America message mounted on his Japanese-made truck to move along, and the gay and lesbian chorus with the pink-haired director (quite good!) were warming u ... More >>

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    July 8, 2008
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    February 22, 2008
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    February 16, 2008
  • News

    September 27, 2006

    The Chron Behind Bars

    A judge has ordered two Chronicle reporters to serve time unless they divulge their source on Bonds' steroid use. Do you think they should be made to spill the beans?

  • News

    February 23, 2005

    Legal Pirouette

    Marin County DA Ed Berberian switches his office's position, agreeing to Catholic Church demands to withhold sex-abuse documents from the press

  • News

    November 14, 2001

    Law and Borders

    Prosecutors, judges, governors, a sex offender, and a woman with a penchant for poor judgement entangle California and Texas in an epic child custody war with two sure losers -- aged 7 and 9.

  • News

    August 2, 2000

    Yellow-Bellied Journalism

    Hearst executives' behavior in the Examiner sale was nothing less than cowardly

  • News

    July 5, 2000

    Slave Wages

    Those forced to labor for Japan in World War II are now suing in California courts

  • News

    December 17, 1997
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    December 10, 1997

    Splendor in the Court

    How lavish can $20 million in cost overruns make a federal court- house? Let's start with the $33,000 desk.

  • News

    April 3, 1996

    The Fire Next Time

    As a civil rights advocate, Bob Demmons called in the federal government to end racism in the Fire Department. Now that he's chief, he has to remove federal control and prove that firefighters can manage race relations on their own.

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