August 13, 2010 |
The people of California spoke clearly at the polls in 2008 when they passed an amendment to the state Constitution that defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The public debate was held, the media wars were fought, both sides spent millions of dollars and the people voted for Proposition 8 by a margin of 52% to 48%. The people's will carried the day, as it is supposed to — until U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker came along. Last week, Walker nullified the votes of 7,001,084 people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1999
The House Judiciary Committee and Microsoft must have the same coaching staff. Bungling offense, inept defense. PAUL H. WANGSNESS Burbank
March 10, 2005 |
Iran's judiciary ended proceedings against the country's top academic dissident, a man who faced the death penalty for telling Iranians not to follow their ruling clerics "like monkeys," his lawyer said. Hashem Aghajari last July was freed on bail from two years' imprisonment, after winning two appeals against hanging. However, he still had to appeal against a remaining charge of insulting Islamic values.
October 11, 2001 |
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has issued a rare warning to the hard-line judiciary to stop prosecuting reformist members of parliament, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Hard-line courts regularly summon outspoken reformist parliamentarians and have sentenced at least three to prison. "It is part of [the members of parliament's] duties to freely express their opinions, and they must be immune from prosecution," Khatami said in a letter to the judiciary chief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 1986
The continuing debate over whether or not candidates for political office should or should not endorse or oppose Rose Elizabeth Bird in her bid for reconfirmation to the Supreme Court demonstrates a woeful ignorance of, and disregard for, the cornerstone of our particular brand of democracy. The strength of our democracy lies in the strength of our Constitution and the separation of powers enunciated therein, calling for an independent executive, legislature, and judiciary. And the most important of these is the independent judiciary.
October 26, 1986
Your editorial states that the judiciary is the stabilizing force in the American system of government. In America, maybe. In California, hardly. If our judiciary were a stabilizing force, there would be no turmoil in this election. The Times further states, "the courts are not so easily swayed"--right on point. Rose Bird (59 for 59 death penalty reversals) supports this point 100%. But the really galling statement to California voters is where The Times implies that the California Supreme Court is, "the true conservative branch of government . . . that prevents the majority from trampling on the minority."