December 11, 2013

Education costs, death penalty opinions filing tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will file two opinions, one in an automatic death penalty appeal and the other answering a state law question posed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Both cases were argued in October, one during the court’s road trip session in Berkeley and the other the following day at the court’s San Francisco headquarters.

In Los Angeles Unified School District v. Garcia, the court will answer the the Ninth Circuit’s question whether Education Code section 56041 – which provides generally that for qualifying children ages 18 to 22, the school district where the child’s parent resides is responsible for providing special education services – applies to children who are incarcerated in county jails.

The death penalty case is People v. Contreras, a direct appeal from a December 1996 judgment of death.  The Supreme Court briefs are here.

Both opinions can be viewed online tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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