I guess the first question has to be, Was the California Supreme Court sending a message? I have to admit I was surprised by the unanimous decision.
It went without saying that Marvin Baxter would favor the prosecution but I never expected him to write the unanimous decision. One only has to know his history in this state to know that one vote was guaranteed for the Attorney General.
I also thought the two older female justices would side with him. So what I am saying is that I thought it would be a 4-3 split decision in favor of the defense. Boy was I wrong!
Don’t misunderstand me. After hearing Mandel’s argument as spoken by her and with questions from the justices, I thought she had the most legitimate argument of the two. I just didn’t think they would rule in the prosecution’s favor.
More interesting to me is the fact the its opinion two days before Christmas. That sure seemed like a “Merry Christmas” to the prosecution.
I continue to have issues with the bribery charges. I still don’t think what was done constitutes a bribe. But I know extortion was part of the equation, and for that , Jim Erwin will go to prison. The question still remains as to whether or not he did what he did at Burum’s request and with his knowledge. I don’t know. But I do know I would like to see the four of them spend a Christmas in prison like Rex did. It would even things out a bit. Story source>LINK
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