Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Law - Two interesting stories, from California and Delaware
In the Oct. 12th LA Times, Ashley Powers and Melanie Mason report in a long story headed "Brown vetoes bill giving sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits: His veto comes after a heated opposition campaign led by the Catholic Church. Groups representing victims condemn the decision." The story begins:
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have given some childhood sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits, after a heated opposition campaign led by the Catholic Church that stretched from Capitol hallways to Los Angeles church pews.From the Oct. 11th Delaware Online, a very long story on who will be the next Chief Justice of the Delaware supreme court, why it is important, and a run-down of the candidates, headed "Who will preside as Supreme Court chief over Delaware's gold mine?" The story begins:
In an unusually detailed three-page veto message released Saturday, the Democratic governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, said the bill raised questions of equal treatment of public and private employers. Pointing to a centuries-long tradition of limiting the period when legal claims can be filed, Brown said institutions should feel secure that "past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further lawsuits."
He also argued that the legislation, which would have in part lifted the statute of limitations on sexual abuse claims for one year to allow some childhood victims to file lawsuits, was "unfair" because it singled out private organizations, such as Catholic dioceses and the Boy Scouts. Public schools would not have been affected by the bill, something Brown called "a significant inequity."
In a state that has built a $1.4 billion industry as the preferred legal home for Big Business, Gov. Jack Markell’s choice for Supreme Court chief justice must protect Delaware’s franchise that caters to corporations and covers more than a third of the state’s budget.
Four judges are considered the frontrunners for the prestigious post on the appellate court that oversees all state courts, including Chancery that specializes in large corporate law cases.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 15, 2013 09:11 AM
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