Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE Dec. 29, 2018 / 10:59 AM GMT / Updated 12:58 PM GMT By Dareh Gregorian A new law being unleashed in California on New Year's Day will give pets' rights some bite in court cases. The measure provides judges with the power to consider what's in the best interests of the animal in divorce cases, instead of treating them the way they've been treated by courts in the past — as physical property. "I'm very excited," said David Favre, a professor who teaches animal law at Michigan State University College of Law. "It's important for humans and animals." The law was sponsored by dog owner and state Assembly member Bill Quirk and signed by dog lover Gov. Jerry Brown (Lucy, a borgie, is the state's first dog and Cali, a bordoodle, is the first deputy dog). The measure empowers judges to consider "the care of the pet animal" and … [Read more...] about New California divorce law: Treat pets like people — not property to be divided up
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Steven May, right, walks with his dog, Winnie beside his attorney, David Pisarra, with his dog, Dudley in Santa Monica, Calif., in 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Ut) LOS ANGELES — California courts could be going to the dogs — and maybe cats, too — under a new law granting judges authority to settle disagreements over who keeps the family pet in divorce cases the same way they handle child-custody disputes. Until now, Fido and Kitty have been considered family property, a status giving them little more standing in a divorce than a family’s big-screen TV. Under a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, pets will still be considered community property but a judge deciding who gets to keep them will have the discretion of weighing such factors as who feeds them, who takes them to the vet and on walks, and who protects them. “I think it’s a good idea. I personally have a little rescue bichon poodle named Rodney King Stone. He’s like a family member,” … [Read more...] about Family pets gain status in new California divorce law
John Rogers, Associated Press Updated 5:19 pm PDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2012, file photo, Steven May, right, walks with his dog, Winnie beside his attorney, David Pisarra, with his dog, Dudley in Santa Monica, Calif. California courts could be going to the dogs, and maybe the cats too, under a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown. The law, signed Thursday, Sept. 28, 2018, gives judges the discretion of applying rules similar to those in child-custody cases when determining who gets the family pet following a divorce. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2019. less FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2012, file photo, Steven May, right, walks with his dog, Winnie beside his attorney, David Pisarra, with his dog, Dudley in Santa Monica, Calif. California courts could be going to the ... more Photo: Nick Ut, AP Photo: Nick Ut, AP … [Read more...] about California divorce courts go to dogs as pets gain status
Meagan Flynn, The Washington Post Published 2:17 am PDT, Wednesday, August 29, 2018 California Gov. Jerry Brown. California Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris. Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 California Gov. Jerry Brown. California Gov. Jerry Brown. Photo: Bloomberg Photo By David Paul Morris. California abolishes money bail with a landmark law. But some reformers think it creates new problems. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a landmark criminal justice bill into law Tuesday making the state the first to abolish cash bail, transitioning toward a system that gives judges discretion to decide who can go … [Read more...] about California abolishes money bail with a landmark law. But some reformers think it creates new problems.
Jennifer Epstein, Bloomberg Published 8:20 am PDT, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 California Attorney General Xavier Becerra insists that his state isn't at war with President Donald Trump, even as he files lawsuits against the administration at a breakneck pace and warns of an existential threat to democracy. "What Donald Trump is doing is asking us to backslide. We don't wish to backslide," Becerra said Tuesday during a meeting with Bloomberg News reporters and editors in New York. Becerra and California Governor Jerry Brown have positioned their state as a champion of the so-called Trump resistance -- Brown has even called it "war" -- but Becerra said he's fighting for Californians, and not against a single force. "My job is to protect the people, the values and the resources of the State of California. That's my job," he said. "Someone wants to get in the way, we have to take them on. I don't categorize that as war." Recommended Video: Now Playing: California … [Read more...] about California attorney general says his cause is bigger than Trump