California Today: Should Bail Be Set Above What Defendants Can Pay?

California Today: Should Bail Be Set Above What Defendants Can Pay?


The repercussions of the case are being felt in bail hearings throughout California, where lawyers are citing the Humphrey precedent.

But for Mr. Humphrey himself there is an odd irony.

By a quirk of the legal system a judge ruled last week that a new bail hearing could not be held until the appeals court decision was made official through the issuance of something known as a remittitur, which may come next week.

“Everybody else in this courthouse is able to benefit from the decision except, unfortunately, for him,” said Anita Nabha, a lawyer at the public defender’s office who is representing Mr. Humphrey.

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Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., left, joined all of the majority opinion in the immigration ruling, and Justice Stephen G. Breyer dissented from the bench.

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• The Supreme Court ruled that people held in immigration detention are not entitled to periodic bail hearings. [The New York Times]

• Two days after Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland warned of immigration raids, federal officials said they had detained 150 people. They said they were still searching for more than 800 others and blamed the mayor for what they called “reckless” remarks. [East Bay Times]

• The authorities are urging some Santa Barbara County residents to evacuate again ahead of a major winter storm, warning that the rain could trigger mud and debris flows. The storm is also expected to pound Northern California and dump heavy snow in the Sierra Nevada. [The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Sacramento Bee]

• A judge whom Donald Trump taunted during his campaign has sided with the president by rejecting a challenge to his plans to build a border wall with Mexico. [The Associated Press]

• NBC Universal is defending Ryan Seacrest against sexual harassment allegations, which have recently resurfaced against him. Officials say he will not be removed from Academy Awards coverage. [The New York Times]

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Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

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• By day, Disneyland employees offer sunny smiles to visitors and embroider names onto mouse ears. But at night, many of them struggle; some sleep in their cars for months at a time. [The New York Times]

• Attracted by stable work and good pay, more women are becoming vineyard workers. But many of their lives in California are built on fragile foundations. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

• Pedestrian deaths in traffic accidents have reached levels not seen in years. Could marijuana be to blame? [The New York Times]

• California’s agricultural officials have been ordered to stop spraying pesticides on public and private property, which they had been doing to control insects that threaten the industry. [The Los Angeles Times]

Malibu residents love their beaches. And so to help protect them, the City Council banned restaurants and food vendors from offering or selling plastic straws, stirrers and utensils. [The Los Angeles Times]

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A prototype from Lilium, a German air taxi company that has raised $90 million from investors.

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• Now that self-driving cars are becoming a reality, the planning is already underway for the next big thing: flying taxis. [The New York Times]

• The Oscars have an embarrassing history of snubbing female directors that Barbra Streisand knows all too well. But she’s pretty proud of what’s going on right now. [Variety]

• For years, researchers have hammered Hollywood with annual reports on its exclusion of women and minorities. The latest such report on diversity shows the pressure has changed the business a tiny bit. [The New York Times]

Disney will donate $1 million of the proceeds from “Black Panther” to STEM programs in a nod to one of the movie’s key themes: how technology can empower young people from marginalized communities. [The New York Times]

• A comedy pilot produced by the “Parks and Recreation” co-creator Mike Schur will be set in San Diego. And he clearly knows the place: The pilot will feature an ex-Army staff sergeant who hosts people in an open-air backyard bar. [The Hollywood Reporter]

• Because the ocean failed to cooperate, officials had to call off the Mavericks big-wave surf contest. [The San Francisco Chronicle]

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The organic garden at the Bardessono in Yountville, Calif., where herbs will be planted for guests who opt out of housekeeping.

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• Would you skip the hotel housekeeping to save water, help the environment and get $5 food credit? [The New York Times]

Jack Hamilton, an Angels pitcher remembered for throwing the fastball that struck the head of a Boston Red Sox slugger, has died. [The New York Times]

And Finally …

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California wine. In moderation, it could help you live longer.

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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol leads to longer life. Putting on a few extra pounds in old age can’t hurt either.

That is not a misprint. It’s what new research says.

In what they are calling “one of the largest studies of the oldest-old in the world” — people 90 and older — researchers from the University of California, Irvine, found that “consuming about two glasses of beer or wine daily was associated with 18 percent reduced risk of premature death.”

Dr. Claudia Kawas presented the somewhat stunning findings at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual conference this month, according to a blog post published by the U.C. Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.

So let’s raise a glass to longevity — but only because research says it’ll help.

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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.



Source: The New York Times