In a sign of just how far and just how dirty King Chief Justice George is willing to go in order to protect his beloved AOC and Judicial Council, he issued a thinly veiled attack on the Alliance of California Judges in a speech to the Legislature this past Tuesday.
In his “State of the Judiciary” speech to the legislature in which he gave a report of the state of California courts, King Justice George stated that the Legislature should only pay heed to the advice and counsel of the Judicial Council and the California Judges Association.
As you seek and receive input from California’s judiciary—the largest in the United States and, in the view of many across the nation, the finest—I urge you not to lose sight of the fact that it is the constitutional body, the Judicial Council of California, and its historic partner, the California Judges Association, the dues-supported voluntary organization representing more than 2,000 elected and retired judges and justices, that speak for California’s co-equal judicial branch of government even though these two entities may not always be in total agreement.
King Justice George then went on to say that any other group besides the two judiciary groups he mentioned were comprised of “strident and uninformed voices.” Here’s a quote from his speech.
The judiciary is not represented by the few strident and uninformed voices that occasionally emerge as e-mail strings on the fringe of the judiciary. Their efforts reflect nothing less than a thinly disguised agenda to dismantle the statewide administration of justice that all three branches of government have developed over the past several years. The vast majority of judges do not wish to engage in finger-pointing among individual courts and factions, and instead are prepared to remain fully accountable to you—the Legislature—and to the executive branch for the resources you allocate to the Judicial Council for the statewide administration of justice for the benefit of all Californians.
It’s absolutely disgraceful for King Justice George to claim that persons or groups that have a different opinion than the AOC’s and the Judicial Council’s are comprised of “strident and uninformed voices.” This is just part and parcel of what we’ve come to expect from the AOC and the Judicial Council. Squelch all opposition and if they don’t shut up or tow the party line then tar them as a group of “strident and uninformed voices.”
Shame on you King or is it Emperor Justice George! First, you don’t even have the cojones to name the group that you attacked before the legislators trying to make them out to be some group of crazies out to get big government. Nothing could be more further than the truth and you know it. The citizens of California, including judges, have EVERY right to ask questions of their elected officials and government bodies without fear of retribution or character assassination. And the fact that you pulled this stunt before the Legislature only goes to prove how much the light of transparency needs to shine on the halls and cubicles of the AOC and the Judicial Council.
And then to add insult to injury you had the audacity to shake a boogie man before legislators by claiming that all critics of the AOC and the JC want to “dismantle the statewide administration of justice.” I would hardly call what you and your cronies on the Judicial Council and your lapdogs in the AOC have done these past years “administration of justice.” You know full well that this opposition is not to “dismantle the statewide administration of justice” as you claimed before the Legislature but to call for accountability and transparency. Don’t the citizens of California have the right to know how their tax monies are being spent? Don’t they have the right to demand better management from government agencies that run on their hard earned dollars?
I’ve said it many times before that people want to improve how things are done at the AOC and JC. But obviously King Justice George you and yours would rather hole yourselves up behind the cold walls of your Death Star headquarters rather than listen to what you may believe to be lies, but what many acknowledge is truth.