Gov. Newsom gives California chief justice emergency authority to suspend laws

Gov. Newsom gives California chief justice emergency authority to suspend laws
California Governor Gavin Newsom. Axios on HBO video clip, YouTube

[Ed. – These are laws governing the operation of courts.  In theory, they shouldn’t affect the vast majority of average citizens.  But the precedent is a disquieting one.]

Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an order Friday giving California’s chief justice broad powers, including the right to suspend laws during the coronavirus crisis.

California law is filled with deadlines, many to protect the rights of criminal defendants, public access requirements and rules about how legal matters should to be conducted.

Newsom’s order gives Chief Jusice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the right to suspend these legal requirements during the pandemic.

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