SACRAMENTO (AP) - A federal judge is blocking a portion of a crime victims' rights measure approved by California voters in November.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton in Sacramento says a federal injunction that had been agreed to by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's administration trumps the section of Proposition 9 that limits legal rights for parole violators.
The administration agreed in 2004 to provide at taxpayers' expense, lawyers for ex-convicts who risk being sent back to prison for violating parole.
Karlton on Thursday rejected the argument that voters' approval of the ballot measure nullifies the administration's settlement of the class-action suit. Schwarzenegger lawyers have said they are required by state law to appeal Karlton's decision.
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