Notes From Babel

When it comes to Supreme Court nominations, Jerry Brown has a type

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Governor Brown indicates his criteria for potential Supreme Court justice nominees:

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said Brown brought up the subject during a two-hour conversation in San Francisco on Friday and suggested his appointee would be relatively young, quite possibly a minority and not necessarily a current judge.

“He’s interested in ethnic diversity, he’s looking at academic professor types and also for someone young who will stay awhile,” Cantil-Sakauye said Wednesday in recounting the discussion.

This might sound familiar.  Chief Justice Rose Bird, Brown’s most controversial appointee from his first term as governor, had no prior experience as a judge.  In fact, she had been admitted to the California State Bar just 10 years prior, only barely eligible under the state’s present constitutional 10-year membership requirement.  Cal. Const. art. VI, § 15.  Bird was also “relatively young”—only 40 years old when appointed Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court in 1977.  And she was a “professor type,” having taught at Stanford Law School from ‘72 to ‘74.

Watch Jerry Brown closely when it comes to appointments, particularly judicial nominees.


Written by Tim Kowal

February 13, 2011 at 12:05 pm

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