Legal Issues

Visalia doctor pleads guilty in oxycodone case

A Visalia doctor pleaded guilty last week to prescribing large quantities of oxycodone and hydrocodone without medical necessity and hiding proceeds to avoid financial reporting requirements.

Fresno Fresno IRS employee sentenced to prison

A former Internal Revenue Service employee in Fresno was sentenced to more than four years in prison for claiming more than $1.7 million in false tax returns.

Lawsuit contests high-speed rail air quality plans

(AP) — A San Rafael-based group that opposes California's high-speed rail project filed a lawsuit Monday contesting the state's plan to fund it with money from a greenhouse gas emissions program, arguing that building the $68 billion bullet train would create more pollution than it would reduce for at least a decade.

Meth lab found at Fresno retirement community

(AP) — A 64-year-old Fresno man has been arrested by police on suspicion of cooking methamphetamine in his apartment at a retirement community.

Fresno man dies hours after freed by jury mistake

(AP) — A jury's confusion over how to fulfill their duty must have felt like a ticket to freedom for Bobby Lee Pearson, who was cleared of a burglary charge and set free.

Fresno jury awards $10.9M in mesothelioma case

A Fresno jury today made the city's first verdict in a mesothelioma case, awarding $10.9 million to the family of auto mechanic James 'Jimmy' Phillips against a company that made asbestos-containing brake pads and linings.

Fresno’s Sutton Hatmaker law firm partners go separate ways

From left, Fresno attorney Brett Sutton formed the Sutton Hague Law Corp. this month along with partners Jared Hague and Joseph Macias.Long known for its seminars and legal education for businesses, the Fresno law firm of Sutton Hatmaker split this month, forming two new practices to take on the demanding field of employment law.

Stuffed Pipe owner pleads to drug charges, forfeits $6.5M

The owner of the Stuffed Pipe smoke shops has pleaded guilty to federal drug charges related to synthetic marijuana.The owner of the four Stuffed Pipe smoke shops in Fresno has pleaded guilty to two federal counts related to the illegal sale of smokable synthetic cannabinoids.

Celebrated pilot settles California court battle

(AP) — A celebrated pilot who was the first person to break the sound barrier has avoided a courtroom battle in Central California over claims he owed thousands in unpaid legal bills.

Fresno Co. court recruiting for grand jury

The Fresno County Superior Court is seeking 19 citizens who will effect changes to local government through their service on the grand jury.