El Dorado County District Attorney Signature Key Issue in U.S. District Judge's Precedent-Setting Ruling 

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 02, 2016 / comments

"In Thursday’s case, from El Dorado County, the company sought to enforce a provision in its letter to debtors requiring them to take all disputes to private, individual arbitration, unless they opted out within 60 days. The letter bore the signature of the county district attorney, a practice that was later forbidden by the federal consumer bureau. The debtor challenged the arbitration clause in court.

Free the Transcripts: The Case for More Transparency in the Court System

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 02, 2016 / comments

By Lloyd Billingsley -- "Freida Batten, Jim Batten’s first wife and a UC Davis graduate, was outraged that the transcripts were the property of court reporters, and that in cases of acquittal the transcript could be tossed. To recall what someone said in a courtroom thirty years ago, with lives in the balance, there is simply no substitute for the transcript."

Vanguard readers are right that the court system needs more transparency. On that theme, my own experience can provide evidence.

Remembering A Hero: 9 Years Ago CHP Officer Douglas Scott Russell Murdered

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 01, 2016 / comments

Scott RussellOn July 31, 2007, 46 year old California Highway Patrol Officer Douglas Scott Russell was struck and killed while deploying spike strips in an attempt to stop defendant, David Charles Zanon, who was involved in a high speed pursuit on Highway 50.


by Placerville Newswire / Aug 01, 2016 / comments

By Dan Dellinger -- As a long-time campaign professional who has won a few races, I look at political conventions from a coach’s perspective rather than a partisan fan enjoying the game from the seats.  Like the World Series and Super Bowl, our national party conventions have become grand spectacles, but how well did they accomplish their real purpose?  Did these conventions achieve the five basic goals?

Shane Golobic wins a wild one with the King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series on Saturday at the Placerville Speedway

by Placerville Newswire / Aug 01, 2016 / comments

By: Gary Thomas: Placerville, CA (Img: Craig Dillard) Willie Croft’s misfortune on the final corner was certainly Shane Golobic’s gain in what was a wild & crazy 30-lap King of the West 410 Sprint Car Series main event at the Placerville Speedway Saturday evening.