February 7, 2014
The Supreme Court has announced that it will hear argument in six cases in March, all on the same day.
On March 4, in San Francisco, the court will hear the following cases (with the issue(s) presented as stated on the court’s website):
Long Beach Police Officers Association v. City of Long Beach: Are the names of police officers involved in on-duty shooting incidents subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act? (Argument in this case was continued from the February calendar.)
Duran v. U.S. Bank National Association: The case presents issues concerning the certification of class actions in wage and hour misclassification litigation and the use of representative testimony and statistical evidence at trial of such a class action. [Disclosure: Horvitz & Levy has filed an amici curiae brief in this case.]
In re D. B.: Does Welfare and Institutions Code section 733, subdivision (c), preclude
committing a juvenile ward to the Division of Juvenile Justice if the wardship petition includes both qualifying and non-qualifying offenses and the most recent offense is a non-qualifying one?
People v. Chiu: Does a conviction for first degree murder as an aider and abettor under the natural and probable consequences doctrine require that premeditated murder have been a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the target crimes or only that murder have been such a consequence?
People v. Elmore: Does the doctrine of imperfect self-defense apply when the defendant’s actual, but unreasonable, belief in the need to defend himself was based solely on a psychotic delusion? (This is the oldest non-capital-related case on the March calendar. The Supreme Court granted review over three years ago.)
In re Champion: This is a habeas corpus petition, filed in November 1997, related to an automatic death penalty appeal. The court issued an order to show cause limited to the issue whether trial counsel provided ineffective assistance at the penalty phase of petitioner’s trial.