Deukmejian Names Three To State Supreme Court
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) _ Republican Gov. George Deukmejian has appointed three justices to the seven-member California Supreme Court, giving him a majority of five on the state’s highest court.
The appointments Wednesday ended the decade-long dominance of the court by liberal judges appointed by former Gov. Edmund Brown Jr.
The appointments followed the voters’ rejection last November of Chief Justice Rose Bird and Associate Justices Cruz Reynoso and Joseph Grodin, who were considered the most liberal of Brown’s appointees.
Deukmejian named to the high bench appellate judges John A. Arguelles, 59, of Irvine, David N. Eagleson, 62, of Long Beach, and Marcus M. Kaufman, 57, of San Bernardino.
Arguelles and Eagleson were appointed to the appeals court bench by Deukmejian, and Kaufman by Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1970.
All must be confirmed by the state Commission on Judicial Appointments. A hearing is set for March 18.
Previous Supreme Court appointments by Deukmejian include his former law partner, Malcolm Lucas, as chief justice, and Edward Panelli as associate justice.
In California, the governor appoints justices to 12-year terms or to fill the unexpired terms of justices. At the end of their terms, justices who wish to remain on the court are subject to popular vote.