Contempt Threat Against Governor a Rare Move

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Legal experts say a federal judicial panel's threat to place Gov. Jerry Brown in contempt of court if he fails to comply with a mandated prison population cap is a rare move.

Inmate rights attorney Don Specter, who is suing the state over prison crowding, said Friday that the judges have shown extraordinary patience with the Democratic governor but signaled in a ruling issued issued Thursday that "they've just had it."

Brown told a Sacramento Bee reporter traveling with him in China that he will challenge the decision. He says California's health care for inmates is among the best in America.

Experts say it's not often that federal court orders have been enforced through contempt of court rulings. School desegregation in the South may be the most notable example.


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