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Steven Luo is the Political Director for California Beat and contributes towards The Campanil. He covers state and local politics and public policy. Email him at sluo [at] californiabeat [dot] org.

Whitman, Brown spar in spirited final debate

The gloves flew off as Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman and her Democratic opponent Jerry Brown traded blows in their final debate before the November election.

Mehserle defense seeks to exclude Pirone’s use of a racial slur

The defense for Johannes Mehserle is trying to prevent former BART Police Officer Tony Pirone’s use of a racial slur shortly before the shooting from being brought up at trial, according to documents made public today by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Mehserle trial jurors to be asked questions about race, police officers

Potential jurors in the second-degree murder trial of former BART Police Officer Johannes Mehserle, who shot unarmed passenger Oscar Grant on New Year’s Day 2009, will be asked questions about their attitudes towards race relations and police officers, according to a document released today by the Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Grant family attorney asks Mehserle judge to block defense testimony request

Mehserle’s defense attorney, Michael Rains, had asked to subpoena Grant family attorney John Burris, saying that Burris could provide “testimony concerning threats or intimidation” of witnesses who “may be reluctant to give testimony which would ostensibly be helpful to Mr. Mehserle and harmful to Mr. Grant.”