Friday, January 4, 2019

Robin' Groban

(SCAN photo, shot on an iPhone)
Today's DJ reports on yesterday's swearing in in State Supreme Court Justice Joshua Groban Sworn In:
  • "I don't want this to be known as the Brown Court," said Brown, who has appointed four of the seven justices. He noted differences of opinion among his prior nominees to the current court: Mariano-Florentino CuĂ©llar, Leondra R. Kruger and Goodwin H. Liu.
  • Brown quoted his favorite legal scholar, Grant Gilmore: "In hell there will be nothing but law, and due process will be meticulously observed."
  • Groban quoted the Shakespeare line, "First we kill all the lawyers," spoken by Dick the Butcher, one of the villains of Henry VI. ... "What Shakespeare knew, and what many in this room know, is that the role of lawyers and judges is to provide civility and consistency in a civil society."
  • “We live in a highly chaotic, ever changing, ever confusing world,” Groban said. “But I’m happy to report that I’m joining an institution whose fundamental purpose at its core is to provide stability and consistency amidst this chaotic place we live. And I look forward to doing that with a sense of reflection, respect, fidelity to the law and compassion.”
  • Noting Groban’s eight years of work on California judicial appointments, the governor’s office on Thursday released final demographic statistics for the judges named during Brown’s last two terms in office. Forty-four percent were women. Nearly 40 percent identified as non-white. Just under 6 percent of Brown’s judges identified as LGBT, 3.3 percent were veterans and just under 1 percent said they had a disability.