California Chief Justice Weak on Presumption of Innocence, but Strong on “Social Justice”

Back in 2010, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger selected fellow Republican Tani Cantil-Sakauye as Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court, the second woman to hold the office. Governor Jerry Brown picked the first, Rose Bird, but in 1986 California voters ousted Bird, along with Brown Supreme Court picks Joseph Grodin and Cruz Reynoso.
Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye recently announced that she is giving up her Republican Party registration in favor of “no party.” The move itself carries little if any significance, but Cantil-Sakauye’s reason for the switch might be of interest to judges, attorneys and the public at large.
In the confirmation hearing

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