Former Gov. Pat Brown (Letters, Nov. 22) is apprehensive and Supreme Court Justice Cruz Reynoso fears that judges must become politicians (Times, Metro Section, Nov. 22). They fear for the Supreme Court of California.
They can relax. The lack of faith in the good sense of Californians is their own--certainly not the people's.
When an American institution gets out of hand it gets its hands slapped. American institutions are good institutions: the executive, the legislative, the judicial, the press and broadcast media, the churches. Unfortunately (and there is no cure for this misfortune) they have to be run by people. Every so often certain people prove that they are not up to the people's standards of how the institutions they manage, or serve in, ought to be run.
Convinced of this the people throw them out of office. And thank goodness there are ways to do this, or else they would get "blown" out of office, as occurs regularly in non-democratic societies.
The people of California ran out of patience with a Supreme Court majority that reversed all the lower courts' judgments that people who became a law unto themselves and killed in outrageous and wanton ways should be in turn removed from society by execution. No matter how any individual feels about the death penalty, the people's consensus is that after trial and judgment execution is a fit penalty for violation of another's right to live.