A group co-chaired by former Gov. Edmund G. (Pat) Brown formally launched a campaign to fight "right-wing attacks on the (California) Supreme Court" and to help Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and six other justices keep their jobs. Brown told reporters that the Independent Citizens Committee to Keep Politics Out of the Court would counter "the big lie" that the state's high court is soft on crime. "These are mean-spirited, misleading and untruthful right-wing attacks on the court," he said. Executive Director Harold Meyerson said the committee has so far raised about $45,000 in its effort to save the justices, and hoped to have about $1 million by election day.