Law: Bird Hunt

Justice vs. politics in California

In California, State Supreme Court justices can usually afford to sit high above the political fray. Once appointed by the Governor, they need face the voters only for a yes or no vote at the next gubernatorial election before serving a twelve-year term, and in the past that public endorsement has proved to be little more than a rubber stamp.

But this year is different. After only 18 months in office, Chief Justice Rose Bird, the first woman ever put on the California high court, is in danger of becoming the first justice...

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