July 3, 2012

For your Fourth of July reading enjoyment . . .

For your holiday reading pleasure, this is a brief review of recent California Supreme Court related news, and other items that might be of interest:

  • The Chief Justice has issued this statement in the wake of the finalization of the 2012-2013 Budget Act.
  • Scott Graham at The Recorder recently published an article entitled, “At the Podium: Chief is First Chair, But not a Soloist,” in which he describes what he terms the Chief’s “first-among-equals” approach at oral argument, in contrast to the style of former Chief Justice Ronald M. George.
  • We’ve blogged at length about the heavy burden the death penalty places on the Court’s docket, and the pending ballot measure to abolish the penalty in California. Here are two recent op-ed pieces on the same topic, both of which decry the fiscal burden the penalty imposes on the state. You also should check out John Roemer’s May 31 article in the Daily Journal [subscription required], entitled “Capital punishment is a drag on state Supreme Court.”
  • Finally, the ABA’s Section of Litigation recommends that you pick up Appellate Practice in Federal and State Courts, a new book on appellate practice whose several authors include noted U.S. Supreme Court practitioners Paul Clement and Alan Morrison. The book’s editor is Horvitz & Levy partner David M. Axelrad.

Have a Happy Fourth, everyone.

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