December 1, 2014

Retired Court of Appeal justice criticizes Kruger appointment

Retired Third District Court of Appeal Justice Rick Sims writes in today’s Daily Journal [subscription] that he opposes Leondra Kruger’s appointment to the California Supreme Court.  His reasons:  she “cannot possibly have a sufficient working knowledge of California law sufficient to do the job” and she has no judicial experience.  Similar criticism could have been leveled at Justice Goodwin Liu and Justice-elect Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar when Governor Brown named them to the court.  Neither had been judges.  Also, although both might have had a bit more “working knowledge of California law” than Kruger does because of their teaching at law schools in California, the difference is probably not substantial.  I don’t recall Justice Sims opposing their appointments.  In fact, in his column, Sims says that Liu “has been a welcome addition to the court.”

On the other side (literally and figuratively) of the Daily Journal’s front page is Emily Green’s “Kruger known for thoughtful advocacy.”  In the article, former acting Solicitor General Walter Dellinger said Kruger’s lack of local legal experience could be a plus — “All that means is she is coming to the court without preconceptions about California law.”

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