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POSTED July 3, 2012 8:39 p.m.

UC Berkeley settles case with photojournalist

BERKELEY (AP) — The University of California, Berkeley will pay a photojournalist $162,500 to settle a lawsuit alleging campus police illegally searched his camera for photos of a student protest outside the chancellor's home.

Attorneys for 43-year-old David Morse disclosed the settlement on Monday.

Morse was arrested on suspicion of rioting while covering the protest outside UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau's residence in 2009 for the San Francisco Bay Area Independent Media Center. Police obtained a search warrant to review photographs he took.

In 2010, an Alameda County Superior Judge invalidated the search warrant and ordered the university to return all copies of Morse's photos.

Calif. court halts order for juror Facebook posts

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The California Supreme Court has suspended a Sacramento judge's order requiring a juror to submit his Facebook postings about a criminal trial so the judge could decide if the juror's comments constituted misconduct.

The justices on Monday granted the juror, Arturo Ramirez, a temporary stay of Judge Michael Kenny's order compelling Ramirez to give Facebook permission to turn over his postings about the 2010 trial involving a gang-related beating.

Kenny says he needs to see Ramirez' online comments to determine if the five people convicted received a fair trial. Jurors are routinely instructed by judges not to discuss the cases they are deciding outside court.

The stay issued by the Supreme Court will remain in effect until the court decides whether to hear Ramirez' appeal, which is being closely watched by electronic privacy experts.

Man found dead on BART train

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say foul play is not suspected in the death of a man who was found slumped over on the floor of a Bay Area Rapid Transit train Tuesday.

BART spokesman Jim Allison says the man was pronounced dead by paramedics who were called to the train around 2 p.m. after it had arrived at San Francisco's Embarcadero station.

Allison says the train, which was heading to Millbrae from Richmond, remained stopped at the station until officials from the San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office arrived and removed the body.

Protesters cleared from Oakland school grounds

OAKLAND (AP) — Police have cleared a dozen protesters who had occupied the grounds of an Oakland elementary school in a demonstration against school closures.

Oakland school district spokesman Troy Flint says district police officers moved into Lakeview Elementary School around 4 a.m. Tuesday and warned the protesters that they would be arrested if they didn't leave.

Two protesters who stayed behind were cited and released.

Protesters, including parents, had been sleeping at the school since June 15. They were angry with the school board's decision in October to close five elementary schools, including Lakeview. School officials said the closures were prompted by budget problems and declining enrollment and would save about $2 million a year.

Parents at one of the schools subsequently managed to keep it open by turning it into an independently run charter school.

 

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