Monday, December 8, 2014

Met News Blasts Brown over Baker Boondoggle

The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise published a scathing condemnation of California Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown's latest proposed judicial appointment; 37 year old Lamar W. Brown, currently special assistant and associate counsel to the president. Baker is slated for appointment to the California Court of Appeal, a position that will pay $204,600.00 per annum to the Yale graduate with no judicial experience.

Baker is virtually unknown to California state law practitioners - the very people who are currently being contacted through the JNE Commission to opine on his suitability for the Moonbeam appointment.

Exactly why the Governor is so eager to appoint someone with no judicial experience to sit in judgment of the decisions made by judges, is the subject of some well-founded speculation in the Met News "Perspectives" column entitled "Lamar W. Baker: Bereft of Credentials for the State Appellate Bench, He's Apt to be Appointed."

Baker, it seems, has much in common with other recent Brown appointments to the high courts; he is young, a Democrat hailing from Yale, a member of a racial minority and has no judicial experience.

According to the Met News, those appear to be the requisite qualifications for Supreme and Appellate Court jurists in the mind of the man who we must never forget, brought us Rose Bird. Other Moonbeam appointments identified by the Met News are:

California Supreme Court Associate Justice The Hon. Goodwin Liu: Democrat, a Yalie, formerly Associate Dean at UC Berkeley Boalt Hall. Lui was 41 with no judicial experience when appointed to the State's highest court in 2011.

California Supreme Court nominee Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar: Democrat, a Yalie, currently a Stanford Law Professor. He is 42, has no judicial experience and will assume the position being vacated by retiring Associate Justice The Hon. Marvin R. Baxter in January 2015. 

California Supreme Court nominee Leondra R. Kruger: Democrat, a Yalie, described by the LA Times as a "rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer," Kruger is 38 and has no judicial experience and her California Bar status has been "inactive" since 2009. She will assume the position vacated by retired Associate Justice The Hon. Joyce L. Kennard in 2015.

It's certainly within a Governor's prerogative to choose jurists likely to follow his agenda, however, the wisdom of choosing people who have never sat as judges in lower courts, let alone California courts, is troubling if not bizarre. There is no shortage of experienced judges, both in the Superior Court and the Court of Appeal, who would make ideal Supreme Court Justices, yet Brown has passed them over. Why?

The Met News notes that Brown's appointments were likely viewed favorably by Obama.
  • "Obama in 2010 nominated Liu to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But the nomination languished, and on May 25, 2011, Liu withdrew himself for consideration. Brown came to his rescue, appointing him to the state Supreme Court two months later. 
  • Cuéllar was a member of the Obama-Biden transition team in 2008 and served from 2009-2010 as a special assistant to the president for justice and regulatory policy and has performed other chores for the president. 
  • Kruger is in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel which assists the attorney general in advising the president."
Now Brown is providing a soft landing for Baker, one of several staffers likely choosing to bail out of the Obama administration before their reputations are tarnished irreparably as the sun sets on the hope and change administration.

The big question is why? Why is Brown so keen to curry favor with Obama? The Met News notes that Brown "unsuccessfully, and quixotically, sought the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, 1980, and 1992. He has recently disclaimed any interest in running in 2016. For a politico who has disclaimed an interest in seeking an office to later seek it would hardly be an unprecedented phenomenon."

"Does Governor Moonbeam have the thought in his cranium that he can, through his judicial appointments, so please the president as to win an endorsement from him to be his successor? That would be a pretty wild theory, were it not for the wildness of Brown’s thinking and actions." The Met News said.

Another explanation for Brown's appointments may have more to do with a personal desire to ensure the continued decline of law and order through an activist agenda. Brown has devastated the Superior Court system by substantially defunding it. Through AB109 he has wreaked havoc on the county jails by requiring them to house felons who belong in state prison. Why not ensure that any legal challenges to his agenda are thwarted by a Supreme Court likely to tip the balance in his favor?



Anonymous said...

"as the sun sets on the hope and change administration."? Seriously? The Democratic Party may have suffered a few losses in the mid term elections, but such losses are not uncommon with any administration, blue or red. Obama will go down in history as the most successful president who brought much needed social change to the United States of America. You are dreaming.

Anonymous said...

Brown's abuse of the appointment process is largely being ignored by the media. Thank you for being brave enough to buck the trend and speak out about this reckless and irresponsible lunatic - Governor Moonbeam.

Anonymous said...

How soon Republicans forget that when Janice Rogers Brown was appointed to the California Supreme Court she had no judicial experience either, but then again she was conservative Republican who was appointed by Republican. Let's face it, your standards of adequate experience vary according to whether you agree with the person. Hypocrites

Anonymous said...

7:17AM is disingenuous, no a liar, but that's not surprising from a leftist liberal lunatic Obama apologist. Janice Rogers Brown had two years experience in the Court of Appeal (3rd District) before Governor Pete Wilson appointed her to the Supreme Court.

Why is it that you Democrats choke and lie whenever you have to deal with the truth?

Governor Moonbeam has appointed THREE Obama koolaide drinkers with no judicial experience, and is about to appoint a FOURTH.