California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address on March 23, 2015. Sakauye and the Supreme Court sit atop a legal system that’s beset by scandal and conflict.
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address on March 23, 2015. Sakauye and the Supreme Court sit atop a legal system that’s beset by scandal and conflict. Rich Pedroncelli The Associated Press
California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil Sakauye returns lawmakers applause as she is escorted into the Assembly chambers to deliver her annual State of the Judiciary address on March 23, 2015. Sakauye and the Supreme Court sit atop a legal system that’s beset by scandal and conflict. Rich Pedroncelli The Associated Press
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California’s legal system beset by scandal, conflict

November 28, 2016 12:01 AM

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