Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Legal Help Live Show Notes 10-13-2010

Legal Help Live offers legal suggestions each Wednesday at 4 PM. During the show the Hosts take calls from viewers with legal situations from parking tickets to personal injury. Viewers can catch the show on LA cable channel 36 or 16 in Santa Monica. Online the show can be viewed on

Legal Help Live Show Notes 10-13-10

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-Station fire's lost 'window of opportunity' recounted- Why did air drops not come at 7 am but at 9am,and over 200 houses destroyed?
Ex-Forest Service chief tells congressional panel he tried to get timely help in fighting the massive blaze.

-California to Sell 24 Government Buildings for $2.3 Billion-The Associated Press reported earlier this year that the deal would end up costing the state $5.2 billion in rent over 20 years, perhaps saddling taxpayers with costs beyond whatever the state would net from the sal



-California Supreme Court upholds unpaid furloughs for state employees, but ...
Los Angeles Times (blog) - ‎17 hours ago‎
The California Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld last year's unpaid furloughs for more than 200000 state employees, ruling that state legislators ...

-Man driving lawn mower arrested for DUI
KENWOOD, CA -- A Kenwood man riding a lawn mower was arrested for DUI Saturday night after leaving a market, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A CHP officer stopped 55-year-old John Poshepny at about 7:50 p.m. when he left the parking lot of the Kenwood Market, located at 8910 Sonoma Highway, and drove south on Green Street, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.
The mower did not have lights and was difficult to see, Sloat said.
Poshepny, who lives within two blocks of the market, told the CHP officer he occasionally uses the mower to drive to the store to get groceries, Sloat said.
Poshepny had a brown bottle in a brown paper bag, and the CHP officer smelled alcohol on his breath, Sloat said.

-Verizon Wireless to Pay Millions in Refunds
New York Times - ‎12 hours ago‎
WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless said on Sunday that it would pay up to $90 million in refunds to 15 million cellphone customers who were wrongly charged for data sessions or Internet use, one of the largest customer refunds by a ...
Verizon Wireless to refund $50 million to customers Los

-Schwarzenegger approves bill downgrading marijuana possession of ounce or less to an infraction
-Supporters say the change will keep marijuana-related cases from becoming court-clogging jury trials, even though the penalty will remain a fine of up to $100, with no jail time.

-The new pot gardener
Growing pot at home: What's legal?
If you have a recommendation from a doctor to use medical marijuana, it is also legal for you to grow it, in limited quantities. The trouble is figuring out how much you can grow before law enforcement comes after you. A timeline of the rules in California:
1996: Proposition 215 passes, making it legal for "seriously ill" Californians and their primary caregivers to grow marijuana for medical purposes if medical use has been recommended by a physician. No limit for how much marijuana a person with a recommendation can grow or possess is set at this time.
2004: Senate Bill 420, the Medical Marijuana Program Act, goes into effect. The bill establishes a voluntary registration of medical marijuana patients and their primary caregivers through a statewide identification card system. The bill's guidelines state that a cardholder can possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana or may cultivate as many as six mature or 12 immature plants. Individual counties may choose to set higher limits, but no county may set a lower limit.
2010: In People vs. Kelly, the state Supreme Court holds that patients can possess or cultivate as much as is "reasonably necessary." They cannot be convicted simply for exceeding the possession or cultivation guidelines in SB 420; however, they can be forced to defend themselves in court.

-Judge orders halt to 'don't ask, don't tell'

-What it prevents and will there be an appeal

-Band's Stunt Shuts Down 101 Freeway


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