Saturday, July 31, 2010

Prop 9 To Be Examined by 9th Circuit

The Ninth Circuit is to finally examine the premises of prop 9 that led Judge Karlton at the District Court to decide they were unconstitutional. Avid followers of this saga will recall that Prop 9, marketed as a pro-victim proposition, pretty much provided victims with the rights they already had in many counties, but in addition made several modifications to parole proceedings, including placing substantial limitations upon the right to counsel. The constitutionality of these premises will be central to this upcoming hearing:


Gilman v. Schwarzenegger, 10-15471

California State government appellants challenge the district court's grant of a preliminary injunction barring enforcement of Proposition 9, the "Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008: Marsy's Law," which affects California's parole system, including the availability and frequency of parole hearings.

For previous chapters of this saga, read here, here, and here.

Props to colleague Marsha Cohen for alerting us to the date.

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