Put-Up-or-Shut-Up Deal Struck On Judge Picks

The feuding Assembly speaker and governor have reached a “conceptual” agreement to release aggregate data about the judicial applicant pool.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he’d appoint more minorities to the bench if more applied. With today’s deal, Speaker Fabian Nuñez has essentially said, “prove it.” The details haven’t been printed yet but apparently the governor’s office would publicly tally the ethnic makeup of the applicant pool and detail how long ago the would-be judges have been waiting for a final decision.

No word yet on when lawmakers might actually vote on the bill authorizing 50 new judgeships, but this agreement — if it lasts — should help speed up the process.

Cheryl Miller

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