Re "Judge back prison oversight" (Page A1, April 6): California taxpayers should be outraged over the arrogance of the federal court to impose enormous costs on California taxpayers to provide convicted criminals, mentally disabled or not, conditions that a significant percentage of the California population will never enjoy.
The governor is clearly aware that an appeal to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal will be unhelpful. Thus, the issue must proceed to the U. S. Supreme Court. This process will take years to resolve. Meanwhile, California is stuck with an enormous annual prison budget, diverting funds desperately needed for its law-abiding citizens.
We learn, over the course of practicing law, that federal judges, having lifetime appointments, gain an imposing power over trial court proceedings, whether or not the decisions are ultimately sustainable. This is an imperious group.
I may not generally agree with the governor's positions, but on this point, he has my full support.
-- Hal Wright, Placerville