May 5, 2011

State Senator demands apology from Assemblyman for remarks about the Chief Justice

The Los Angeles Times reports that State Senator Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus, has demanded an apology from State Assemblyman Charles Calderon (D-Whittier) for remarks he made yesterday about Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. When introducing the highly controversial AB 1208, the Trial Court Rights Act, in the Assembly Judiciary Committee, Calderon referred to the Chief Justice of California as “nice” and “attractive.” Senator Evans responded with a letter to Calderon demanding a formal apology, in which she called Calderon’s comments about the Chief Justice “degrading” and “inappropriate.” According to the Times, Calderon said the issue is “a sideshow,” but he “certainly apologize[s]” if anyone misunderstood his comments.

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