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Nicholas Iovino

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Oakland, CA, United States

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Past articles by Nicholas:

California high court upholds faster mental health care transfers for unfit defendants

The waitlist for mentally incompetent defendants to be transferred from jail to treatment centers has grown by over 500% over the last eight years, according to the ACLU of Northern California. → Read More

Judge blocks removal of historic murals at UC San Francisco

Painted by Polish-born artist Bernard Zakheim in the late 1930s, the “History of Medicine in California” murals are housed in a 104-year-old building that the university says is seismically unsafe. → Read More

Judge rules Twitter can be sued for failing to take down child porn videos

A federal judge found Twitter may have benefitted financially from ad revenue generated by tweets containing child sexual abuse material. → Read More

San Francisco DA sues ghost gun manufacturers

The number of untraceable ghost guns seized by San Francisco police increased by more than 2,000% from 2016 to 2020. → Read More

California Justice Department will investigate Oscar Grant killing

Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man, was unarmed and pinned face down on a train station platform when he was shot and killed by a white police officer who said he mistook his gun for his Taser in 2009. → Read More

Courtroom behavior could derail plea deal for immigrant cleared in pier shooting

Lawyers for an undocumented immigrant are working on a plea deal with federal prosecutors in which Jose Inez Garcia-Zarate will plead guilty to one of two federal charges for illegal fun possession. → Read More

Judge refuses to advance suit over DeVos’ campus sex assault rules

A group of Berkeley, California public school students must provide more details on incidents of sexual assault and harassment that they claim will go unpunished under rules put in place by the Trump administration. → Read More

Lawsuit over fatal police shooting of mentally ill man in Bay Area suburb headed for trial

A jury must decide if an officer from a wealthy San Francisco Bay Area suburb acted reasonably or used excessive force when he shot and killed a mentally ill Filipino man in 2018. → Read More

Family of Dad Killed by ‘Terrorizing’ Neighbor Sues Oakland, Alameda County

The man — a father of three with a fourth on the way — was murdered while working in his own yard. → Read More

Biotech Executives Indicted for Stealing Cancer Drug Secrets

Prosecutors say two former employees of the biotech firm Genentech stole valuable secrets from their former employer to kickstart their new company and defrauded investors and business partners. → Read More

Ninth Circuit Reverses Loss for Volkswagen in Investor Class Action

The majority of a three-judge panel held that bondholders cannot invoke a 1972 Supreme Court precedent to dodge a legal hurdle requiring it to show it relied on allegedly misleading statements when… → Read More

Fire Victims Can’t Intervene in PG&E’s Insurance Battle

A trust for paying wildfire victims can’t interfere in a $400 million insurance fight that will determine how much money fire survivors can get for liability claims against former Pacific Gas… → Read More

Man Charged with Kidnapping Lemur from San Francisco Zoo

A man accused of kidnapping a lemur from the San Francisco Zoo could spend up to a year in jail for violating the Endangered Species Act, prosecutors said Monday. → Read More

Judge: FBI Illegally Seized Emails of Suspected Saudi Spying Accomplice

Federal prosecutors say an ex-Twitter employee accepted a bribe of at least $100,000 to supply Saudi Arabia with the personal information of two vocal critics of the oil-rich nation’s government an… → Read More

California Lawmakers Send $267 Billion Budget to Newsom’s Desk

California lawmakers passed a record $267 billion budget bill Monday that boosts spending on programs designed to fight climate change, prevent wildfires, build affordable housing and stimulate the… → Read More

Ninth Circuit Urged to Make Feds Change San Francisco Bay Dredging Plan

California is asking the appeals court to make the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers alter the way it dredges two crucial channels in the San Francisco Bay to comply with state water quality standards. → Read More

Veterans Ask Ninth Circuit to Make Feds Rethink Position on Marijuana

A medical researcher and a group of veterans are challenging the federal government’s position that marijuana has no accepted medical benefit, despite it being legal for medicinal purposes in 36 st… → Read More

Judge Advances Countersuit Against Facebook in Dispute Over Access to User Data

A dispute between Facebook and an advertising data analytics firm could establish if social media companies can cut off a potential competitor’s access to user information without running afoul of … → Read More

Jury Finds Tank Maker Responsible for Lost Eggs and Embryos, Awards $15 Million

Five plaintiffs who lost frozen eggs and embryos in a 2018 cryogenic tank failure at a San Francisco fertility clinic had asked jurors to award up to $30 million for the loss of their “priceless” p… → Read More

Jurors Asked to Award $30 Million for Lost Eggs and Embryos

Lawyers for fertility patients who lost eggs and embryos in a 2018 accident asked jurors to reject the tank manufacturer’s argument that fertility clinic employees caused the disaster and con… → Read More