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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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September 07, 2023 | The Recorder

As State Bar Prosecution Rests, Defiant Eastman Continues Claims of Stolen Election

Embattled attorney John Eastman keeps championing disputed theory that Vice President Pence could have—and should have—halted the 2020 electoral vote count.

By Cheryl Miller

4 minute read

September 07, 2023 | Law.com

Rescheduling Reactions/California Psychedelics Bill/Cannabis Lawyer Now Managing Partner/Cannabis Cone Litigation

Reactions to HHS's recommendation that DEA reschedule marijuana fall into three camps.

By Cheryl Miller

10 minute read

September 06, 2023 | The Recorder

LA Judge Disciplined for Unexcused Absences, Disrespecting Colleagues

Superior Court Judge Emily Spear said she didn't know, until counseled by her supervisor, that judges are expected to work regular business hours at their assigned courthouses, according to the Commission on Judicial Performance.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

September 05, 2023 | The Recorder

John Eastman Defends Jan. 6 Memo in California Bar Trial

Returning to the witness stand for the first time in weeks, Eastman said his legal theories about the vice president's role in counting electoral votes are sound despite courts saying otherwise.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

August 31, 2023 | The Recorder

Retired Orange County Judge Chastised for Rude, Intemperate Remarks

An appellate court justice was so convinced a snippy email she received from Judge Derek Hunt was a spoof that she contacted her court's security detail.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

August 31, 2023 | Law.com

Reclassifying Marijuana/Women-Owned Business Ruling/New Alabama Counsel/'Unacceptable" California Taxes

"This equates to the largest possible shot in the arm of profitability when the industry arguably needs it the most," attorney Jon Purow said of HHS's recommendation to reclassify marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act.

By Cheryl Miller

13 minute read

August 30, 2023 | The Recorder

Riverside Court Commissioner Admonished for Demeaning Child Custody Litigants

Riverside County Superior Court Commissioner Wendy Harris, who was temporarily suspended from practicing law in 2021, had been disciplined by her presiding judge for displaying poor temperament in a different family law case.

By Cheryl Miller

5 minute read

August 29, 2023 | The Recorder

Ethics Opinion Throws Wet Blanket on Judges' Party Attendance

The California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions warned judges to avoid ethical pitfalls when considering whether to attend law firm parties.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read

August 28, 2023 | The Recorder

Bill Would Extend Use of Criminal Court Remote Technology Through 2024

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation in June to extend the use of video appearances in civil matters through 2025. Reaching consensus on remote technology in criminal cases has proven more elusive.

By Cheryl Miller

2 minute read

August 25, 2023 | The Recorder

State Bar Court Judge Rejects Eastman Request to Postpone Misconduct Trial

"By denying abatement of this proceeding, California licensed attorneys will acquire a better understanding of their ethical obligations, and the members of the public will be better served and protected by the resolution of this case," Judge Yvette Roland wrote.

By Cheryl Miller

3 minute read