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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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January 19, 2024 | The Recorder

Bill to Allow Electronic Recording in Civil Cases Dies in California Legislature

SB 662, backed by the Judicial Council, was opposed by politically powerful labor groups representing court reporters.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

January 18, 2024 | The Recorder

California Chief Justice Says Court's Frequent Unanimity Doesn't Squelch Voices

In a meeting with reporters, Patricia Guerrero talked about her court's opinion output, term limits for judges and why the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling overturning "Roe v. Wade" may have soured public opinion.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

January 18, 2024 | The Recorder

California Supreme Court Shields PAGA Claims From 'Manageability' Dismissals

The unanimous court said judges have no inherent authority to strike Private Attorneys General Act claims for being too unwieldy.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

January 18, 2024 | Law.com

Rescheduling Letter Reaction / AGs' DEA Letter / NY's Latest Licensing Suit / Day Pitney's Cannabis Practice Leaders

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided a "treasure trove of data" last week when it released the documents behind its decision to recommend that marijuana be rescheduled under the Controlled Substances Act.

By Cheryl Miller

10 minute read

January 12, 2024 | The Recorder

California Supreme Court Disbars Attorney Who Alleged Racial Bias Tainted His Discipline Case

East Bay attorney Gregory Harper lost his law license after a State Bar Court judge said he failed to show any specific state bar practice or policy was racially discriminatory.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

January 11, 2024 | Law.com

Rescheduling Letter Release? / Dormant Commerce Clause Case / Cannabis and Citizenship / Connecticut Crackdown

A cannabis company owner challenging a state license denial "cannot use the Dormant Commerce Clause to demand a constitutional right to participate in an illegal interstate market," wrote U.S. District Judge Tiffany Cartwright of Washington's Western District.

By Cheryl Miller

12 minute read

January 10, 2024 | The Recorder

Governor's Budget Proposal Shields State Courts From Major Cuts

Gov. Gavin Newsom unveiled a 2024-25 spending plan that maintains court funding and includes millions for a new Sixth District Court of Appeal courthouse.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

January 10, 2024 | The Recorder

'Lockstep': California's Supreme Court Displayed Record-Setting Unanimity in 2023, Report Says

In its annual review of the high court, the California Constitution Center found the seven justices in sync in their legal views.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

January 05, 2024 | The Recorder

Dissident California Judges Group to 'Pause' Operations

The executive director of the Alliance of California Judges said the group doesn't see a "critical agenda" that needs action right now.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

January 04, 2024 | The Recorder

Conservative Assemblyman Bill Essayli Ousted From Judiciary Committee

Essayli's departure leaves the Judiciary Committee without an attorney vice chair for the first time in decades.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read