Sunday, May 28, 2017

They dismissed her as a lightweight. But California's top judge has found her voice — and uses it to call out Trump policies - LA Times

They dismissed her as a lightweight. But California's top judge has found her voice — and uses it to call out Trump policies - LA Times

ani Cantil-Sakauye was an obscure judge on a Sacramento appeals court when then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger selected her to become California’s 28th chief justice.

Rebel judges demeaned her as a lightweight whose first instinct when confronted with a problem was to create a task force. Her lobbying failed to stop state funding cuts that hobbled the courts. Some legislators appeared dismissive. A male assemblyman described her as “attractive” but said he didn’t agree with her.

Seven years later, Cantil-Sakauye is not so easily dismissed.

Settled in as California’s top judge, she is speaking her mind, calling on the Trump administration to keep its immigration agents away from state courthouses and giving a highly publicized address that reflected California’s jitters about the new president.

  

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