AG Jerry Brown: Did Governor & Legislature Wipe Away The Penal Code for Judges & Government Officials? ………. SBX 2 11 The Culprit?
September 20, 2009Comments are closed.
Most notably three important paragraphs in SBX2 11 were missing from Government Code Sections 68220, 68221,68222. These paragraphs included the most critical and controversial part of the bill, being that California Judges and county government officials were given retroactive immunity from criminal prosecution and civil liability for crimes committed prior to May 21, 2009. What the bill doesn’t say is what happens to the crimes committed after May 21st 2009? Is criminal behavior for government officials now legal?
“This bill would provide that no governmental entity, or officer or employee of a governmental entity, shall incur any liability or be subject to prosecution or disciplinary action because of benefits provided to a judge under the official action of a governmental entity prior to the effective date of the bill on the ground that those benefits were not authorized under law. “
So far we have received answers to our questions from Senator Steinberg’s spokesman, Jim Evans. We received a brief note from the Judicial Council Legislative staff basically concurring with Steinberg’s office and NO response from the Attorney General, the Department of Justice or their Press Office. We sent a copy of our request to the Attorney General’s “Opinion” supervisor Susan Lee, who wrote“we do not provide opinions to the public, only to elected officials”.
ATTNY GENERAL OPINION SCUTTLED: Opinion Request Withdrawn May 31, 2009
09-401 (April 1, 2009)
- 1) Does the legislature have the authority to enact legislation that purports to preclude the commission from disciplining California superior court judges for authorizing supplemental compensation to be paid to themselves from public funds and/or receiving that supplemental compensation, on the ground that such benefits were or are not authorized by law?
- 2) Does section 2 of SB(x2) 11 (a) simply identify which judges are permitted as of the effective date of SB 11 to continue receiving supplemental compensation from the effective date forward, on the terms and conditions in effect on July 1, 2008, or (b) retroactively authorize all or some portion of supplemental compensation provided by counties to judges, or to judges by the judges themselves, so long as it was being provided as of July 1, 2008?
- 3) Has the Legislature adequately prescribed the supplemental compensation purportedly authorized by SB(x2) 11?
The above was posted on the DOJ website 4-1-09 and withdrawn 5-31-09
Is there any immunity covering present payments(to Judges by counties) of supplemental benefits which occur under the first paragraph (Government Code Section 68220) commencing as of May 21, 2009, the effective date of SBX2 11? I have read that the immunity to be retroactive only and not applying to the present benefits because of the use of the words “prior to” the enactment date.
The immunity clause applies retroactively only. There’s no need to apply it prospectively because the statute makes lawful that which everyone in the world thought was already legal before the Sturgeon decision. (Jre)