Los Angeles, San Francisco, Monsanto discussed on Morning Edition
I'm penny Nelson. A freelance journalist whose home and office were raided by the San Francisco police is threatening legal action against the department. If his belongings are not returned. And we now know judges who signed the warrants were aware of his job. According to a San Francisco supervisor police were investigating what they call and illegally leaked. Police report connected to the death of San Francisco public defender, Jeff dotty as QA dis Sonia Hudson reports journalists and first amendment advocates are sounding the alarm bell. San Francisco police officers raided Brian Carmody apartment and office on Friday with search warrants signed by state judges it was unlawful, and frankly pretty outrageous. That's David Snyder, executive director of the first amendment coalition. He says the raid violates a state law that bars law enforcement from using search warrants to obtain confidential sources, even if the source gave the journalists information that was. Obtained illegally both police and the judge who signed the warrants were aware of Carmody occupation. That's according to San Francisco. Supervisor Sandra fewer who says she spoke to the police chief Monday afternoon. Fewer says she believes the warrants were justified because as stringer Carmody sells video footage and information. I don't know that threshold of journalist because he doesn't really like reports. This isn't the first time something like this has happened in San Francisco in two thousand six freelancer Josh Wolff credentials as a journalist were questioned when he refused a federal subpoena Carmody was served with state warrants which worries wolf we have a lot more protections into the state contest, which actually makes me even more concerned that it's a state warrant in a statement. The SFP says the police report was illegally released, and they are committed to maintaining the public's trust by investigating the leak Adachi successor public defender, Manohar Rogers, says he's pleased police are investigating that. The report's release was wrong for the California report. I'm Sonia Hudson. And in other Legal News third. California court has found a connection between the weed killer roundup and cancer in Alameda County jury has awarded more than two billion dollars to an elderly couple who blames agribusiness giant Monsanto for their disease KiKi Dee science reporter, Molly Peterson has the story over more than thirty years Albert a Pilat and her husband battled weeds with a weapon, they sprayed everywhere. Round up the world's best known urbicide as we felt that it was incredibly safe to use. Now, the periods are both battling limb foam and experts. They've consulted say Roundup's active ingredient glyphosate may be to blame we wished that Monsanto had warned us ahead of time. And that there was something on the front of their label, but said danger may cause cancer Monsanto's parent company. Baird denies that. The weed killer is dangerous but jurors concluded that roundup carries a knowable risk. Risks to human health. They awarded the Pilate's fifty five million dollars in actual damages and another two billion dollars in punitive damages. Bayer calls that verdict excessive and unjustifiable experts say it's likely to be reduced but plaintiff's lawyer Brent Wizner says over thirteen thousand more lawsuits are looming. The writing is on the wall three juries have spoken. This was a statement. And I hope Monsanto's listening as with previous cases, the company says it will appeal for the California report I'm Molly Peterson. She ifting years. There's a runoff election today for the Los Angeles unified district five school board, though ninety percent of district five students are Latino both candidates in the race are white women. Jackie Goldberg, and Heather repenting rose to the top of the pool that included seven Latino hopefuls the winner, whoever it is will tip the demographics of the board to majority white for out of seven members will be Caucasian, the California report lily Jamali spoke with Kyle Stokes who covers education. For KPCC about the race. Tell me about district five L U S U district. Five is really weirdly shaped district that sort of has another northern half and a southern half. It kind of wraps around downtown, Los Angeles and south and east of downtown Los Angeles, it's mostly Latino working class to low income areas where the schools are almost entirely made up of non white students nine and ten students in the south art Latino on the northern half of the district, though is a much more, you know, gentrified or gentrifying areas sort of Tony neighborhoods like Los villas in eagle rock and silver. Like, if you're familiar with LA, you know, that those areas are much whiter than the city as a whole and that northern half is where most of the turn out in these races tends to come from even though this oddly shaped district was drawn this way in order to give nominally Latino candidate a better chance of winning. In a majority Latino district. I think a lot of people listening in the state are aware that Los Angeles unified teachers went on strike earlier this year, and there are questions about the financial ability to deliver on the promises made their charter schools have been a big part of that conversation and a big part of the conflict. How do they figure into the way that this seat? This race has played out. I think it's important to recognize the charter schools are part of the racial dynamics here as well. I think there are members of the community, including some Latino members of the district ride community who have looked at the candidate field and say that they don't really care as much about the race of the person who's running rather in favor of they are much more concerned about whether that candidate supports our poses charter schools and right now in Los Angeles. There's definitely a popular swell of opinion in favor of the teachers' union. All right. Thank you so much. You're welcome. That was the California report lily Jamali talking.