June 21, 2011

Governor interviews California Supreme Court candidates in Los Angeles

The Supreme Court has been without a seventh justice since Justice Carlos Moreno retired in February. Since then, speculation about Moreno’s replacement has been rampant. For the sake of an ethnically and geographically diverse bench, the Chief Justice has suggested that, like Moreno, his replacement should be a Latino from Southern California. As noted by The Recorder in this article, that theory gained support recently when Governor Brown revealed he was planning to interview judicial candidates in Los Angeles. As The Recorder explained, “That fueled speculation that the governor is zeroed in on Southern Californians Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Christopher David Ruiz Cameron, a Southwestern Law School professor.”

Meanwhile, since Justice Moreno left the Supreme Court, 41 appellate justices have sat pro tem on the Court to assist with its workload. The Recorder quotes the Chief Justice as saying of the pro tem appointments, “‘It is difficult, it’s cumbersome, it’s costly. . . . But we are making it work in an effort that maybe the governor will appoint soon.’”

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