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Goodwin Liu confirmed, will hear Prop 8 case at CA Supreme Court

Prop 8 trial

By Adam Bink

Yesterday, he was confirmed by a vote of 3-0. Liu will be sworn in today and seated in time to hear the case concerning standing in the Prop 8 case.

Added: Though, as noted in previous posts, the issue here more concerns California’s ballot system and representation than the merits of Proposition 8. The ruling will have implications on all measures and perhaps is more a question of democracy — whether unelected proponents can represent the state.


  • 1. peterplumber  |  September 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

    A couple of key phrases from that article:

    Republicans denounced Goodwin Liu as a left-wing extremist

    "[Liu] listens to and understands the views of people he disagrees with,"

    Liu "understands the freedoms and responsibilities of all of society,"

    I believe the problem with the modern Republican party, and politics in the USA today lies in the fact that the Repubs DON'T listen and understand. They just insist based on closed minded party platform.

  • 2. FlexSF  |  September 1, 2011 at 6:32 am

    With a Republican party like this, I can't think of a more vile enemy on the planet, sincerely.

  • 3. Ronnie  |  September 1, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Congratulations to Judge Goodwin Liu…….Subscribing & sharing…………

    Dan Choi Trial Halted After Judge Allows Defense Argument That Govt Singled Choi Out for 'Vindictive Prosecution'


  • 4. _BK_  |  September 1, 2011 at 6:56 am

    That's great. I'm sorry if this question has been thoroughly answered before, but could Liu potentially have to recuse himself from decisions involving the Prop 8 case?

  • 5. Carol  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:02 am

    I don't think he would have to, but California justices recuse themselves all the time. There is a mechanism for substituting another appellate justice for the one who recused him/herself, so we never have to have fewer than the full complement of 7 justices deciding any case. Unlike the federal Supremes.

  • 6. Alan_Eckert  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:36 am

    This is more of an issue regarding the state's proposition system than Prop 8.

  • 7. Dana_Jeanne  |  September 1, 2011 at 10:12 am

    What I've never been able to understand is: if a GAY Judge hears a case between Gay and Straight people, then he's compromised, biased, has to recuse himself. Yet, it's okay for a STRAIGHT Judge to hear the case because…. he wouldn't be compromised, biased, etc in the other direction? HUH.

  • 8. Carpool_Cookie  |  September 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

    The Far Right hopes you won't dwell on these pesky details…

  • 9. Ann S.  |  September 1, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Congratulations, Justice Liu!

  • 10. Carol  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

    We should write to the Republican senators who filibustered him to thank them for letting California have Justice Goodwin Liu. Good work, Gov. Brown!

  • 11. Gregory in SLC  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:29 am

    off topic…but interesting info about Chaz on "Dancing with the Stars"

  • 12. Alan_Eckert  |  September 1, 2011 at 8:35 am

    I didn't realize it was only a 3-person panel. I thought it was a lot more.

  • 13. Ronnie  |  September 1, 2011 at 9:00 am

    This is the America NOM et al. is creating, & perpetuating……

    Gay Man Brutally Attacked Outside of Gay Club in Salt Lake City

    (me) ** Warning ** the details of this inhuman animalistic attack are gruesome. This man could have died. But you know it is the prop 8 supporters, witlesses… I mean witnesses, & NOM et al whose lives are in "danger" < — BULLSHITE!!!……. XI …Ronnie

  • 14. Gregory in SLC  |  September 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

    I know the club…but never heard about this… : (

  • 15. Gregory in SLC  |  September 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

    and this one… April 2011 salt lake, taken to jail instead of hospital

    After the attack, police witnessed him wandering toward them near the Metro Bar parking lot. Corona said they thought he was drunk because he passed out and was nonresponsive. The officers took him to the county jail where he tried to convince them that he was sober, and only passed out because he was attacked and beaten, he said. When the arresting officers realized they had made a mistake, he was taken to the hospital where he was treated for a concussion, Corona said.
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  • 16. Tim in Sonoma  |  September 1, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I hope they catch the closeted gay men that perpetuated this hanus crime!
    As long as our own government santions discrimination in such laws as DOMA the sheeple in this sad country will continue to discriminate as well. Sick to my stomach!

  • 17. James A. Tuttle  |  September 1, 2011 at 9:30 am

    OMG the warning was meant to be taken, don't read this if you don't want to cry inside.

  • 18. grod  |  September 1, 2011 at 9:39 am

    @Adam The caption inadvertantly reinforces NOM et al's potential assertion that Goodwin Liu must recuse himself. While the 'reference' that brought the matter to the California Supreme Court is the Perry vs Brown's appeal, the question the court will be addressing is whether California law allows initiave sponsors to represent the interests of the state and its voters, particularly 'on appeal'. Liu's view on Prop 8 has little or no relevance to the general issue of standing. G

  • 19. Adam Bink  |  September 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I've noted that previously in other points, and added this as an update to the post.

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