Gov. Jerry Brown Friday named 22 lawyers and court commissioners to superior court vacancies, including six to the Los Angeles Superior Court. He also nominated three superior court judges for elevation to Divs. One and Two of the Fourth District Court of Appeal, and to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
(Subscription required) In a rare split vote, the state Supreme Court has declined to review a 2-1 decision from the 4th District Court of Appeal in which the appellate justices had urged the high court to re-examine longstanding case law regarding the right of attorneys to remove judges from cases.
An appellate panel heard arguments Monday on a judge’s order barring Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas’ office from prosecuting mass murderer Scott Evans Dekraai, with the justices seeming to agree that the unprecedented ruling was based on “a careful analysis.”