Thursday, February 01, 2007

People v. Zachery (Cal. Ct. App. - Feb. 1, 2007)

I've got to run off to class, so I'll post more about this one in a bit. But you should read it even before I do.

This is the "kangaroo court" case, which I previously discussed here and here, in which Judge Saiers seemed to call the California Court of Appeal a kangaroo court, and to which Justice Sims responded with a hearty bench slap.

But now the opinion gets amended to -- largely -- take out the slams on Judge Saiers, in large part because the Court of Appeal accepts the word of the San Joaquin District Attorney, who writes a pretty persuasive letter that says that Judge Saiers was referring to him (and his "strike team") rather than the Court of Appeal.

The revised opinion by Justice Sims continues to contain some artfully-worded critiques of Judge Saiers, but they're far more subtle (and moderate) than the ones in the original opinion.

More later. But what a fun day already.