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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 6: Bay Area DA Gets Victims Their Marsy’s Law Rights

In response to this special series, San Francisco’s Presiding Judge and the state’s Chief Justice are both recommending reforms. KCBS has also learned that one Bay Area district attorney, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, is taking it even one step further, training his attorneys to observe a victim’s Marsy’s rights, even if the victim doesn’t ask for them to be honored.

10/08/2013

A cameraman records the judge's podium in a courtroom closed due to budget cuts and layoffs, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles on March 16, 2009. Beset by an unprecedented budget crisis, the LA Superior Court, the largest trial court system in the US, laid off 329 employees and announced the closure of 17 courtrooms, with more of both expected in the future. AFP PHOTO/Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story Pt. 5; Series On Marsy’s Law Failures Prompts Judicial Action

In response to a KCBS investigation into the violation of victims’ rights in California, the presiding judge in San Francisco is recommending new procedures for the courts to follow. KCBS’ Doug Sovern reports exclusively that the state’s Chief Justice is also asking judges in other counties to consider doing the same.

10/07/2013

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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 4: Changes Needed To Fulfill Promise Of Marsy’s Law

A KCBS investigation has determined that the rights of California crime victims are often ignored, despite the passage five years ago of a landmark law to protect them.

10/04/2013

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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 3: California Crime Victims Rarely Invoke Marsy’s Law Rights

Crime victims rarely invoke the rights afforded to them under Marsy’s Law, and California prosecutors often ignore those who do insist on the protections that law enshrines in the state constitution.

10/03/2013

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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 2: Marsy’s Law Fails San Francisco Assault Victim

Under Marsy’s Law, a crime victim in California has the right to be notified of all legal proceedings in a case and address the judge before a defendant makes a plea or is sentenced. All too often, however, victims never get their day in court.

10/02/2013

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KCBS Cover Story Pt. 1: Marsy’s Law On Victim’s Rights Not Working For All

Five years ago, California voters amended the state constitution to create a Victim’s Bill of Rights. But the case of a San Francisco woman, who was attacked outside a BART station, raises questions about how well that law is working. And, an investigation by KCBS reporter Doug Sovern suggests this is not an isolated case.

10/01/2013

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KCBS Cover Story: Ferry Service Will Ramp Up If BART Strike Occurs

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – As negotiations are ongoing and the stalemate continues between Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and its labor unions, commuters are having to plan ahead for a possible strike. During the early […]

07/31/2013

Commuters line up to wait for an AC Transit bus on July 1, 2013 in Oakland, California. Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters are scrambling to find ways to work after the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 went on strike at midnight after contract negotiations with management fell apart on Sunday. Train operators, mechanics, station agents and maintenance workers are seeking a five percent wage increase and are fighting management who want to have workers to begin contributing to their pensions, pay more for health insurance and reduce overtime expenses. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story: Buses The Primary Option To Replace Striking BART Trains

With another BART strike looming, commuters may have to find an alternate way of getting around.

07/30/2013

People watch a traditional lion dance in front of a bank on the first day of Chinese New Year on January 29, 2006 in Chinatown, San Francisco. (David Paul Morris/Getty Images)

KCBS Cover Story: Concerns In SF Chinatown Over Immigration Reform

A coalition of local organizations have aligned themselves against a part of the federal immigration reform proposal that would change the existing family reunion program.

05/30/2013

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KCBS Cover Story: East Bay Community Garden Helps Fight Hunger

All the produce from the Bounty Garden goes to local food banks, which are facing shortages of vegetables.

05/27/2013

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