A bill that requires judges to recuse themselves from cases where they’ve previously presided has sparked outrage across the state.
In Los Angeles County, the bill passed unanimously in the state Senate, and is headed to Gov.
Jerry Brown’s desk.
The legislation was introduced in March after California’s Supreme Court ordered judges to hand over to prosecutors the name of a person whose case they’re considering to clear their names, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The bill requires judges, including some sitting on the bench, to recused themselves from any such cases, but only if the recusal is in the public interest.
The bill has garnered a lot of attention since it passed, with many saying it violates the constitutional right to free speech and due process.
California, like most other states, has the First Amendment right to criticize government.
The California Bar Association, which represents more than 1,200 lawyers, is the group that filed the complaint against the bill.
California’s Supreme Courts have previously ruled against the use of the recusals, but the law was overturned by the state Supreme Court in 2016, meaning the law will still be on the books.
The court ruled that the law violated the separation of powers.
California has one of the highest rates of death row inmates in the country, and the state has become notorious for its high prison populations.