‘The Wrong Message’
The Times’ editorial (June 3), “The Wrong Message,” was indeed the wrong message. You would give the judicial branch of government an independence subject to no authority, able by its decisions to thwart the dictates of the people as enacted into law by the executive and legislative branches of government.
Who are these super intellectuals who dictate which laws are legal and which are not? When and by what means did they acquire the power to dictate the rules as they see fit? Most of them gained appointments as a political reward and because they had a philosophical rapport with the governor who appointed them. That philosophy has been evident in numerous cases, especially where the death penalty is involved.
The record is clear. The California Supreme Court has placed itself above the law by decisions which clearly show the biases of the justices. They, not the public, have politicized the court. The movement to deny reconfirmation to Rose Elizabeth Bird is not an assault on the judiciary. It is a move to remove a proven unqualified member.
E. T. JOHNSTON