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Judge: Consider restorative justice in Efren Carrillo case

State prosecutors and a lawyer for Supervisor Efren Carrillo remain far apart in settlement negotiations to resolve his seven-month-old misdemeanor peeking case. Judge Arnold Rosenfield met privately with both sides Wednesday and said they appeared to be nowhere near agreement on the appropriate resolution for the case.

Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial date pushed back to April

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo’s trial on misdemeanor peeking charges was pushed back by more than a month Friday after the two sides were unable to meet with the judge to discuss a settlement.

Bill by state Sen. Noreen Evans seeks to shrink juror pools

Legislation billed as an effort to make jury service less onerous in California, but which critics fear could harm a criminal defendant’s right to a fair trial, advanced last week in the state Senate.

New courthouse in Santa Rosa clears key hurdle

Construction of a new $174 million courthouse in Santa Rosa received a huge boost Friday from state court officials, who also blessed plans for new facilities in Lake and Mendocino counties.

Efren Carrillo pleads not guilty to peeking charge

Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of misdemeanor peeking, five months after being arrested partially clothed outside a Santa Rosa woman’s home.

3 vie for spot on Sonoma County court bench

One year after the retirement of Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Mark Tansil, Gov. Jerry Brown still has not appointed a successor, leaving court officials wondering if a replacement will be named before the deadline for the next election.

Judge bans preaching, protesting near Sonoma County courthouse

You might think the Sonoma County courthouse steps would be one place you could exercise free speech rights. And you would be wrong.

New law allows Healdsburg man who fled police to avoid longer ‘third strike’

Lance Janssen hasn’t led a charmed existence. The Healdsburg man has a long criminal rap sheet, dating back to the late 1980s, and has spent much of his adulthood in jail and prison. It looked like he was going away for life when he committed his third ‘strike’ offense: Fleeing police last year through Fountaingrove in Santa Rosa with a loaded handgun under the seat of his motorcycle. But fate finally smiled on the 45-year-old ex-con.

Sonoma County courthouse construction pushed back to 2015

Plans for a new Sonoma County courthouse are moving forward, but a scaled-down budget and a delayed schedule are expected to push construction back another year to 2015. The revisions, driven by state funding woes, are expected to trim more than $15 million, or about 10 percent, from the construction budget, reducing the total estimated cost to about $166 million.

Sonoma County judge strikes down Roblar Road quarry OK

A Sonoma County judge has struck down the approval for a controversial rock quarry west of Cotati, saying key parts of the environmental impact report were inadequate. The final ruling, issued Thursday by Judge Elliot Daum, could derail the project by requiring the county and quarry developer John Barella to conduct a new environmental report, or overhaul large parts of the existing one. Opponents of the 70-acre Roblar Road quarry, including neighbors and environmentalists, welcomed the decision.

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