Thursday, January 6, 2011

. . . and More Goings

Justice Carlos Moreno has resigned after 10 years on the high court and a distinguished legal career as a LA deputy city attorney and state and federal trial court judge.

Scott Graham at LegalPad notes that "[r]umors circulated a year ago that Moreno would retire if Brown won election for governor. though the justice squelched them at the time."  "Whom Brown might appoint to the Supreme Court is a mystery," he concedes.

The LA Times blog reports Justice Moreno "would retire effective Feb. 28."  The blog quotes the justice:

"'It has been a truly unique honor and privilege to have served the people of California as a judge for over twenty-four years and, together with my great colleagues on the Court, to have played a modest role in shaping California jurisprudence . . . . I will sincerely miss all who have worked with me at the Court.'"

And the blog speculates Governor Brown may consider appointing 1/3 Justice Martin Jenkins, "a moderate Democrat and former federal judge and Alameda County prosecutor."