Supreme Court takes the wheel in two separate cases of vehicle searches
By Jessica Gresko
From The Associated Press
WASHINGTON » The Supreme Court’s justices put themselves in the driver’s seat Tuesday, hearing arguments in two cases involving vehicle searches, but it was unclear what routes the justices will take to resolve the cases.
One case involved Pennsylvania state troopers’ stop of a rental car driven by a man who wasn’t on the rental agreement. The second involved a policeman’s search for a stolen motorcycle in Virginia.
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.