Monday, August 03, 2009

"Judge tosses suit opposing payments to LA judges"

In the matter of Sturgeon v. County of Los Angeles (Part II), Judicial Watch sought an injunction to stop payments being made to judges by the County. The hearing was July 13, 2009. Today we learn:
"A state appeals court judge has thrown out a lawsuit claiming that Los Angeles County judges are unconstitutionally receiving both county and state benefits."

"Justice James Richman of the 1st District Court of Appeal says the benefits are permitted under a state law [Senate Bill SBX2-11] passed in February."

Inasmuch as this was a spectacularly bad move politically for those legislators who initially wrote and passed this subversion of the California Constitution, one can only wonder how they benefitted.

The "yes" votes on SBX2-11 in the secret midnight session of the California Senate Committee were cast by:

Ducheny Alquist Calderon Cedillo
Corbett DeSaulnier Florez Hancock
Kehoe Leno Lowenthal Liu
Negrete McLeod Oropeza Padilla Pavley
Romero Simitian Steinberg Wolk
Wright Yee

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