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August 2, 2013
Supreme Court rejects California request to halt prisoner release

Supreme_Court_California_Prisons.jpgA divided U.S. Supreme Court on Friday rejected California's bid to stay the court-ordered release of prisoners.

In what amounted to a 6-3 decision, issued without explanation, the court turned down California's request for more time. Conservative justices Samuel Alito, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia broke from the majority decision, with Thomas and Scalia joining in a formal written dissent.

"California must now release upon the public nearly 10,000 inmates convicted of serious crimes, about 1,000 for every city larger than Santa Ana," Scalia wrote, adding that the court's order is a "terrible injunction."

Working with the Berkeley-based Prison Law Office, attorney Paul Clement and the other prisoners' attorneys call California's request for more time "truly extraordinary" and denounce what they call "open defiance of the federal judiciary."

The prisoner-release order stems from a 2011 Supreme Court decision that upheld a three-judge panel's determination that the prison system population needed to be reduced to 137.5 percent of design capacity.

PHOTO: Several hundred inmates crowd the gymnasium on May 20, 2009, at San Quentin State Prison. Associated Press/ Eric Risberg

August 2, 2013
AM Alert: A day for (California and political) history

LSHISTORICCHINADOMIMAGE.JPGWhat gets preserved and what passes out of memory?

How about a Contra Costa County boarding school for Chinese American boys? An apartment complex displaying the epitome of International Style? A restaurant bound to the symbolism of Route 66? A cluster of buildings recording Southern California's bygone citrus industry?

Those are among the nominees to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places, which the State Historical Resources Commission will consider at a meeting today in the Resources Building Auditorium on 9th street, starting at 9 a.m.

In a related development, political junkies and history nerds will gather in Reno today for a conference of collectors devoted to campaign curios and presidential memorabilia. The American Political Items Collectors show runs through Saturday at the Atlantis Resort and Hotel in Reno.

VIDEO: Marin County recorded a minor but still important victory for government transparency, Dan Walters says.

August 2, 2013
Dan Walters Daily: Marin County makes a good move

Dan praises Marin County for increasing transparency for taxpayers.

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Jeremy White Jeremy B. White covers California politics and edits Capitol Alert's mobile Insider Edition. jwhite@sacbee.com. Twitter: @capitolalert

Amy Chance Amy Chance is political editor for The Sacramento Bee. achance@sacbee.com. Twitter: @Amy_Chance

Dan Smith Dan Smith is Capitol bureau chief for The Sacramento Bee. smith@sacbee.com

Christopher Cadelago Christopher Cadelago covers California politics and health care. ccadelago@sacbee.com. Twitter: @ccadelago

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David Siders David Siders covers the Brown administration. dsiders@sacbee.com. Twitter: @davidsiders

Dan Walters Dan Walters is a columnist for The Sacramento Bee. dwalters@sacbee.com. Twitter: @WaltersBee

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