Former California chief justice Ronald George released an oral history of his time on the bench today, and a couple of his recollections about dealing with the state legislature are worth sharing:
“I remember dealing with one state senator who found it impossible … not to bring up his own divorce proceedings and how he thought he’d gotten a raw deal at the hands of his wife and her attorneys and didn’t feel the court system dealt with him fairly,” George said, not naming the elected official.
….One legislator refused to support a revenue bond for court construction because his wife had received what he viewed as an excessive fine for making a rolling stop, George recalled. The bond depended on raising fines.
There you have it. Your state legislature at work.1
1OK, it’s actually my state legislature at work. But I’ll bet yours isn’t much different.