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Maura Dolan

Maura Dolan is the California-based legal affairs writer for the Los Angeles Times. She covers the California Supreme Court and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. A California native, she graduated from UC Berkeley and has worked in Washington and Los Angeles for The Times. She is now based in San Francisco.
Gov. Brown picks legal advisor to serve on state Supreme Court

Gov. Jerry Brown chose Joshua Groban, an aide who has helped him pick judges, to serve on the California Supreme Court. Like Brown's three other appointees to the high court in the last eight years, Groban has no judicial experience.

Thousand Oaks gunman used an extended magazine. Whether it was illegal depends on how many rounds it held

The gun used in the Thousand Oaks mass shooting had an extended magazine for ammunition, authorities said. California lawmakers and voters have sought to ban such magazines.

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