Raul Reyes, an immigration attorney and member of the USA Today Board of Contributors, writes in The Hill that Governor Gavin Newsom’s “heel-dragging” on appointing a replacement for Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, who announced his retirement from the Supreme Court 118 days ago and left the court at the end of October, is “perplexing.” Reyes says, “It’s time for the governor to announce his pick, and he should appoint a qualified Latino.”
Cuéllar was the court’s fourth Latino justice. There have been no Latina justices on the state’s Supreme Court.
He argues that the state’s “large Latino population deserves representation on the court, especially since the court rules on issues that directly impact their lives. Having a Latino on California’s supreme court would send a strong message of inclusion and further demonstrate Newsom’s commitment to diversity.”