August 31, 2011
The Commission on Judicial Appointments this afternoon unanimously confirmed Goodwin Liu as the 114th justice of the California Supreme Court. There was little doubt during the televised hearing about the outcome. In fact, Justice Liu called it “the most pleasant and enjoyable confirmation process on earth,” adverting to the far more contentious United States Senate proceedings during which Republicans blocked his nomination to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from even coming to a vote. After the protracted federal process, Liu said he found it hard to believe that the time from nomination to confirmation for his Supreme Court position was only 36 days; “but who’s counting?,” he added.