Law: No Longer Best or Brightest

California's embattled top court now faces a hostile Governor

Rose Bird no doubt relished the prospect. Had the voters obliged, Bird, the first woman to serve as her state's chief justice, would have been swearing in the nation's first elected black Governor, California's Thomas Bradley, on Jan. 3. Instead the voters chose George Deukmejian three weeks ago, and Democrat Bird may not even be asked to perform her traditional inaugural role. For Deukmejian, now the state's Republican attorney general, is an unrelenting Bird critic determined to reverse what he sees as the excessive liberalism...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!