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Program to erase old pot charges is helping 58 California counties
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uSACRAMENTO . (AP) — Every California county prosecutor can now use new technology to erase or reduce an estimated 220,000 old marijuana convictions after voters broadly legalized the drug in 2016.

Code for America, a San Francisco-based nonprofit tech organization, announced Thursday it is making its computer algorithms available for free to all 58 district attorneys. The program quickly finds eligible cases in court documents that may date back decades.

Six counties including Los Angeles and San Francisco earlier used the Clear My Record program on a trial basis to clear an estimated 75,000 cannabis convictions.

Voters approved eliminating some pot-related crimes and wiping out past criminal convictions or reducing felonies to misdemeanors when they legalized adult marijuana use in 2016.

uCHICKEN TRUCK TRASHES SNARLING BAY AREA MORNING COMMUTE: SAN PABLO  (AP) — Officials say a truck carrying hundreds of live chickens crashed and erupted in flames, killings hundreds of the birds and snarling Thursday morning’s commute in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The California Highway Patrol says the crash at about 3:30 a.m. shut down the westbound lanes of the busy Highway 80 in San Pablo at San Pablo Dam Road. The lanes remained closed for hours as crews continued clearing the highway of cages filled with burned chickens.

KTVU reports crews and CHP officers collected about 50 surviving birds that were wandering around the highway.

CHP Sgt. Curtis Glace says the rig’s driver overcorrected on the road before he swerved into the center divider and then another car. The driver had minor injuries.

EX-LA COUNTY DEPUTY PLEADS NO CONTEST TO INMATE SEX ASSAULTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting six women inmates at a county lockup.

Prosecutors say Giancarlo Scotti had unlawful sex with women in 2017 at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood.

Authorities say Scotti ordered woman ranging from 24 to 42 years old to perform sex acts.

He pleaded no contest to felony and misdemeanor charges of sexual activity with a detainee. He’s expected to be sentenced to two years in state prison.

Last year, the county agreed to pay $3.9 million to settle federal civil rights claims brought by women who alleged Scotti forced them into sex acts.