Supreme Court of California - December 2018 Opinion Summaries

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In re B.M.

Supreme Court of California
Criminal Law & Procedure
Reversed a teenager's juvenile court conviction for assault with a deadly weapon, in a case where she wielded a butter knife. Clarified what is...
12/27/2018 S242153

People v. Johnson

Supreme Court of California
Sentencing, Criminal Law & Procedure
Affirmed a defendant's death sentence and conviction of two murders, on an automatic appeal.
12/27/2018 S075727

Avitia v. Superior Court (the People)

Supreme Court of California
Criminal Law & Procedure
Affirmed the denial of a criminal defendant's motion to set aside a grand jury indictment. He argued that the indictment was flawed because a...
12/24/2018 S242030

Sierra Club v. County of Fresno

Supreme Court of California
Environmental Law, Construction
Held that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) issued in connection with a planned retirement community must be revised. The Sierra Club and others...
12/24/2018 S219783

Dr. Leevil, LLC v. Westlake Health Care Center

Supreme Court of California
Landlord Tenant Law
Decided an issue concerning the timing of the notice that must precede an unlawful detainer action. Held that a new owner of the property must perfect...
12/17/2018 S241324

People v. Superior Court (Smith)

Supreme Court of California
Civil Rights, Health Law
Held that in prosecuting a civil commitment petition under California's Sexually Violent Predator Act, a district attorney may disclose mental health...
12/13/2018 S225562

People v. Franco

Supreme Court of California
White Collar Crime, Criminal Law & Procedure
Interpreted Proposition 47, a recent initiative measure that makes certain types of forgery misdemeanors if the value of the forged instrument does...
12/10/2018 S233973

Gerard v. Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center

Supreme Court of California
Health Law, Labor & Employment Law
Upheld a California Industrial Welfare Commission wage order relating to healthcare employees' meal periods. The wage order permits healthcare...
12/10/2018 S241655

People v. Buenrostro

Supreme Court of California
Sentencing, Criminal Law & Procedure
Affirmed a woman's convictions of the first-degree murders of her three children, but reversed the death sentence and remanded for a new penalty...
12/03/2018 S073823

People v. Miracle

Supreme Court of California
Sentencing, Criminal Law & Procedure
Affirmed a death judgment in a case where the defendant pleaded guilty to committing murder as part of a criminal street gang.
12/03/2018 S140894