Local attorney explains the legal arguments on both sides of Gov. Newsom’s stay-at-home order

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gavin Newsom decided to close several Orange County beaches after droves of Californians defied stay-at-home orders to enjoy the sun. Newsom’s decision immediately drew criticism, not just by beachgoers but by public officials who said the governor was usurping local authority. The complaints were piled on […]

Lodi church files lawsuit claiming stay-at-home order violates First Amendment

LODI, Calif. (KTXL) — In a newly-filed lawsuit on behalf of the Cross Culture Christian Church in Lodi, the church argues that their First Amendment right to gather for religious purposes was violated when Gov. Gavin Newsom issued stay-at-home directives back in March. “Religious freedom is a precious right but it should never be misused […]

Local lawyers downsize staff amid courtroom closures due to COVID-19

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Courthouses that are normally bustling in larger counties were noticeably quiet on Tuesday after all courtrooms were closed and routine services, like record requests and legal filings, were shut down due to COVID-19 concerns.    It’s a harsh reality for lawyers like Mark Reichel, who makes his living making court appearances […]

Court filing indicates suspected East Area Rapist hopes to avoid trial

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — Accused of 13 murders and more than 50 rapes, suspected Golden State Killer Joseph DeAngelo is finally set to answer for his alleged crimes — but according to a court filing from his defense attorney, he’s now hoping to avoid a trial. A dismissal motion filed in Sacramento County court late […]

San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office announces investigation into jail incident

STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) — San Joaquin County Sheriff Pat Withrow announced a protocol investigation into an incident in which a man was left bruised and bloody following some type of altercation with correctional officers at the county jail. The San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office, along with detectives from the sheriff’s office and the Stockton […]

Defense Attorney Says Black Jurors are Underrepresented in Sacramento County

SACRAMENTO COUNTY — A California defense attorney is calling Sacramento County’s process of selecting a potential jury pool into question, suggesting it may be practicing racial discrimination. Defense attorney Claire White is representing a black client accused of a robbery outside a Sacramento-area Denny’s. “My client has an innocence claim. We are fighting this at […]

Suspect in Decades-Old Rape Cases Makes First Court Appearance in Sacramento

SACRAMENTO — A rape suspect arrested through DNA technology after 27 years will stay in a Sacramento jail without bail for now. Mark Manteufell was extradited from Georgia after his arrest last week and will now face multiple sexual assault charges. Manteufell’s case is one of several high-profile unsolved crimes involving DNA traced through relatives. […]

Ex-Sacramento Kings Exec Gets 7 Years for Siphoning $13.4M

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former top Sacramento Kings executive was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for siphoning $13.4 million from the team. Jeffrey David, 44, the team’s former chief revenue officer, pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud and aggravated identity theft. David diverted the sponsorship payments of five companies to a […]