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Supreme Court takes the wheel in two separate cases of vehicle searches

By Adam Liptak

May 29, 2018- From The NY Times

WASHINGTON » The Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday and rules that police need warrants for driveway searches. 


Defying Trump again, Jerry Brown pardons immigrants about to be deported

BY Christopher Cadelago & Anita Chabria  December 23, 2017; Updated December 26, 2017

Escalating the state’s showdown with the Trump administration over illegal immigration, California Gov. Jerry Brown used a Christmas holiday tradition to grant pardons Saturday to two men who were on the verge of being deported for committing crimes while in the U.S.


Californians can now get rid of their old weed convictions

Jan. 1 was a big day for California: In addition to legalizing recreational marijuana, the state fully adopted one of the most sweeping criminal justice reforms in recent years. 

The new law, Prop 64, not only OK'd possession for people 21 and older but also allows anyone to apply to have their past marijuana-related offenses reduced or expunged completely. And roughly one million Californians are eligible, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.