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McCoy v. Hearst Corp

Nov 13, 1986
The California Supreme Court establishes that the First Amendment requires a higher standard of proof and review to find libel, especially when the respondents are public figures. Read More

Fierro v. Gomez

Apr 16, 1992
The State of California is prohibited from using the gas chamber to execute condemned prisoners. Read More

Failing The Test: Oakland's Police Complaint Process in Crisis

Dec 10, 1996
A joint report of People United for a Better Oakland (PUEBLO) and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California based on two very simple premises: Oakland police officers should be willing and able, when asked, to provide accurate information about the police department's complaint process. If police officers consistently fail to provide this information to the public, eithe... Read More

Conant v. Walters

Jan 14, 1997
Physicians and patients file a class action suit in response to Prop 215’s threat to punish doctors if they are found to be recommending medical marijuana to their patients. Read More

Court Bans San Quentin's Secret Execution Procedures

Apr 15, 1997
Upholding the First Amendment right to witness California's executions, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker ruled on February 28, 1997 that public witnesses - including the media - have a constitutionally protected right to observe executions."The Court has sent a loud and clear message that the California authorities cannot pull the curtain on executions. The public has a right to have repres... Read More