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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.
Homeless people in California, Western states cannot be prosecuted for sleeping outside if shelter access is lacking, court rules

A federal appeals court decided Monday that it is unconstitutional to prosecute homeless people for sleeping on public property if they were unable to obtain shelter.

Why is it taking so long for Gov. Brown to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court?

Gov. Jerry Brown's failure to fill a vacancy on the California Supreme Court for more than a year has caused some rulings to be postponed and sparked speculation that he may be intending to appoint someone from his Administration.

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