Legal Issues

New scholarship named for Fresno County's first black judge

The San Joaquin College of Law and the Hugh Goodwin Bar Association are offering a $9,000 scholarship to an aspiring law student. The scholarship is intended to make legal education more affordable for individuals from underrepresented groups in the profession. 

Fresno County judge charged with misconduct

Judge James Petrucelli. Photo via PRWeb.comThe state Commission on Judicial Performance has charged a Fresno County judge with willful misconduct over the handling of a felony domestic violence case involving a local restaurateur.

IRS employee indicted on false tax return charges

Kimberly Brown-English of Fresno was arrested today after a grand jury indicted her last week on charges of filing false tax returns while an employee with the Internal Revenue Service.

Court hearing expected in case of massive wildfire

(AP) — A hearing is scheduled in the case of a Northern California man accused of starting one of the largest wildfires in the state's recorded history.

Jury delivers $3.5M verdict against Fresno firm

Fresno trucking company GMG Trucking was ordered to pay $3.5 million today in a wrongful death case involving one of its trucks catching fire and killing the driver.

Local teens arrested in 920 chicken deaths

(AP) — Deputies have arrested four people — one adult and three juveniles — who are suspected of breaking into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and killing more than 900 birds with a golf club.

920 chickens killed with golf club in Caruthers

(AP) — Local authorities are searching for those who broke into a Foster Farms chicken ranch and used a golf club to kill more than 900 birds.

Visalia doctor sentenced in painkiller case

A Visalia doctor was sentenced today for illegally dispensing oxycodone and other painkillers to patients without a legitimate medical need.

Fresno man sues for Ferguson victim's juvenile records

(AP) —€” Lingering questions about Michael Brown could be answered Wednesday when a judge considers two media requests to release any possible juvenile records of the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed by a Missouri police officer last month.

Yosemite Lodge worker indicted for $87K in theft

A former worker at the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite National Park was indicted in Fresno Thursday on six charges alleging theft from the hotel.