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Forum | Friday, Apr 15, 2016, 9:30 AM

Battles Over Government Access to Data Heats Up as Microsoft Sues DOJ

Microsoft has filed suit against the Department of Justice over requests for customer information, saying people have a right to know when the government gets a warrant to read their emails. Microsoft says it has received more than 5600 federal demands for data in the past 18 months, and in nearly half, the government forbade Microsoft from informing the customer. The suit comes as Congress wades into the issue with a bill that would require tech companies to provide access to data when served by a court order.

Forum | Monday, Jan 19, 2015, 9:00 AM

Supreme Court Will Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will have decided whether same-sex couples across the nation have a constitutional right to marry. On Friday, the high court agreed to hear cases from four states that have banned gay marriage, laying the groundwork for a landmark decision that will establish a national standard.

Forum | Thursday, Jun 26, 2014, 9:00 AM

How Former Foes Joined Forces for Gay Marriage Fight

In 2000, superstar lawyers Theodore Olson, a Republican, and David Boies, a Democrat, faced off in the bitter partisan battle known as Bush v. Gore. Later, they joined forces across ideological lines to take up a monumental challenge: the fight for marriage equality. Olson and Boies' new book "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality" outlines their journey from 2008 when California voters passed Prop. 8, to 2013 when its defeat in the Supreme Court allowed same-sex marriages to resume. They both join us in the studio.

The California Report | Monday, Jun 09, 2014, 8:50 AM

Vital Signs: Finding Respectful Care as a Transgender Elder

Later this week, the Senate Health Committee takes up a bill that would require coroners and others filling out death certificates to reflect the deceased's preferred gender identity, as opposed to anatomy. The bill passed the Assembly last month. Despite growing tolerance of diversity, many individuals are still hostile, and in a position to abuse their power. 76-year-old Pamela Howland, who switched to living as a woman after retirement, came face-to-face with that fact when she needed hospital care.

The California Report | Friday, Dec 06, 2013, 4:30 PM

Chief Justice Ronald George Reflects on Death Penalty, Prop. 8

In his 14 years as chief justice of the California Supreme Court, Ronald George developed a reputation for moderation and pragmatism. George retired in 2011, three years after writing the majority opinion in a historic 4-3 decision striking down California's ban on same-sex marriage. In his new book "Chief: The Quest for Justice in California," George reflects on his life and the law as part of the Court's Oral History Project.