I’m a bit behind the curve on this bit of news thanks to life, or the facsimile of one that I live, making me busier than bees in a hive. But I did want to post a couple thoughts on the news that broke late last week about Justice George announcing that he would appoint an oversight committee to oversee the AOC. The article in the Recorder said it was a “nod to critics.” And although the beginning of the article started out fine and dandy in announcing the creation of the committee, it was only until you kept reading that you realized that this “nod” wasn’t much more than a flip of the middle finger as far as I’m concerned.
Why do I feel that way? Because according to the Recorder article the committee will be comprised of a:
…10-member advisory panel [that] would include the vice chairs of three Judicial Council operating committees; the chair and vice chair of the council’s Presiding Judges Committee; one administrative presiding judge from the courts of appeal; one trial court executive officer; one appellate court administrative officer; one member of the State Bar; and a representative of the CJA.
And who gets to select all the members of this newly formed committee? That’s right. King Justice George himself. This just shows that George and his cronies on the Judicial Council and their lackeys in the AOC have absolutely no qualms in stating that they DO NOT want any form of democracy to creep into how they conduct their business. George doesn’t want some judge who, God forbid, has an independent mind and thinks for him or herself. So he’s going to stack this committee with yes people that will do whatever he and the JC bid them to do. For King Justice George to argue otherwise is simply comical.
But really folks. Nothing that King Justice George and his royal court do nowadays surprises me anymore. And if I’m not surprised, dear reader, you shouldn’t be either.