Brown's deft timing on nominee may deflect Latino complaints (updated)

Share: Share on Facebook submit to reddit StumbleUpon Toolbar

When former California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno retired in February, it left the seven-member court with no Latino justices. The expectation, certainly within the Latino community, was that Gov. Jerry Brown would select another Latino to replace Moreno, preserving some ethnic diversity on the court.

But Brown announced today the bold choice of law professor Goodwin Liu as his pick for the court. Liu is widely respected among legal scholars, but had become the subject of political controversy after Republican senators blocked his appointment to the U.S. Court Appeals this spring, forcing President Barack Obama to withdraw his nomination.

Criticism from Latinos, however, is likely to be muted because of the timing of Brown's announcement -- it comes less than 24 hours after he signed Dream Act legislation that will allow undocumented students who graduated from California high schools to compete for privately funded scholarships to attend state universities. The Dream Act bill was a high priority in the Latino community, and by signing it on Monday, Brown may have created enough good will to deflect any criticism for on Tuesday deciding to leave the state's high court with no Latino presence.

(UPDATE: About 2 this afternoon, Latino Legislative Caucus Chairman Tony Mendoza issued this statement on the Liu appointment:

"I congratulate Goodwin Liu on his recent nomination by Governor Jerry Brown to replace Associate Justice Carlos Moreno, the only Latino Justice on the California Supreme Court. Professor Liu's credentials are exceptional and I, along with my fellow members of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, am looking forward to getting to know him.

"Unfortunately, with this appointment Governor Brown has missed an opportunity to designate a candidate to the Supreme Court who would better reflect the diversity of California.

"The Latino Legislative Caucus has been working closely with the Governor's office submitting various recommendations of highly qualified Latino candidates to state boards, commissions, and judicial posts and will continue working with Governor Brown on future appointments and on issues of great importance to our community.")

If Brown gets another Supreme Court pick during his term, however, the pressure to select a Latino will now intensify. Two of the current six justices have now been on the court for more than 20 years.

No TrackBacks

TrackBack URL: http://blogs.venturacountystar.com/cgi-bin/mt/mt-tb.cgi/43364

4 Comments

Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed to be on the internet the easiest thing to be aware of. I say to you, I definitely get irked while people think about worries that they plainly do not know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people could take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

Youre not the average weblog writer, man. You undoubtedly have something effective to add to the web. Your style is so strong that you could almost get away with being a poor writer, but youre even awesome at expressing what you might have to say. Such a great blog. Ill be back for a lot more.

Thanks for your article,like your blog very much,well done

this is great thanks

Leave a comment

95 percent accurate
Over the last 25 presidential elections, Ventura County voters have backed the winner 24 times, or over 95 percent of the time. It is one of only a handful of counties in the nation that has been such a predictable bellwether.
about Timm Herdt
Timm Herdt
The Ventura County Star's Sacramento Bureau Chief Timm Herdt on state issues and politics from Sacramento to Ventura County. He can be contacted at therdt@vcstar.com
Links
  • turbo tax 2006: this is great thanks read more
  • wedding dresses 2012: Thanks for your article,like your blog very much,well done read more
  • Kanbe Miyuki: Youre not the average weblog writer, man. You undoubtedly have read more
  • Steelers Mike Wallace Authentic Jersey: Definitely believe that which you said. Your favorite justification seemed read more