Governor Jerry Brown has acted to fill the California Supreme Court vacancy created by the retirement earlier this year of Associate Justice Carlos R. Moreno by nominating U.C. Berkley law professor Goodwin Liu to the post.
Professor Liu, 40, has never been a judge, but recently garnered headlines as President Obama’s nominee for a seat on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. His confirmation was blocked by Senate Republicans, citing his legal philosophy and despite support from prominent legal conservatives Kenneth W. Starr and Richard Painter. He ultimately withdrew his nomination.
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