An attorney representing inmates at two California state prisons told a federal judge on Monday that an airborne fungus occurring in the San Joaquin Valley presents the deadly threat of valley fever and that thousands should be transferred immediately.
A federal judge has issued an unusual order admonishing Oakland city officials and reminding them that a recently appointed compliance director has broad authority to oversee police reforms.
James Chanin said he and co-counsel John Burris sought to have an outside person oversee the Oakland Police Department because, “We got tired of waiting.”
Civil rights lawyers who had sought a federal takeover of the Oakland Police Department reached a settlement with the city Wednesday that calls for a compliance director, not a receiver, to oversee the department.
A judge says the scandal-plagued department will go under federal control if it fails to quickly make good on reforms agreed to nine years ago.
A federal judge has given the Oakland Police Department until June to come up with a plan for carrying out reforms ordered back in 2003.