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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Governor threatened with contempt

The book The Supremacists: The Tyranny of Judges — and How to Stop It, by Phyllis Schlafly explained how the courts are usurping the powers of the other branches of government. Here is a current example. AP reports:
California Gov. Jerry Brown's continued defiance of a federal court order to reduce the state's inmate population could face a difficult time in the appeals process because the U.S. Supreme Court has already weighed in on the matter, a legal expert said Friday.

The governor's administration said it will appeal the decision issued Thursday by a three-judge panel, which denied Brown's request to lift the population cap. The judges also threatened to hold him and other state officials in contempt if they failed to comply with the earlier court rulings to reduce the prison population. ...

Only in rare instances, such as the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision that led to desegregation fights in the South, have state officials openly defied federal court rulings, she said.

"It is rare to threaten a governor with contempt, but it's really rare for governors to defy orders of federal courts," Moylan said.

Thursday's ruling came more than three years after the state was ordered to reduce its inmate population to improve medical and mental health care. ...

The governor said California has improved its inmate medical and mental health treatment to such a degree that the care is "the best health care in America and probably in the world.

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