US judges reject appeal of federal supervision of California prisons Michael Sung at 10:47 AM ET
[JURIST] Two federal district judges separately rejected a bid by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile] to appeal rulings ordering the federal supervision [JURIST report] of California's overcrowded prison system [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, ruling that while California may appeal specific orders made by a special three-judge panel, the state cannot appeal the original rulings establishing the panel. Schwarzenegger had argued that the panel was established too soon, before the state's $7.7 billion prison expansion program [JURIST report] had time to work. Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the Northern District of California and Judge Lawrence K. Karlton of the Eastern District of California rejected California's assertion that the panel's supervision poses a potential public danger because it may order the release of prisoners from overpopulated facilities. A spokesperson for Schwarzenegger's office has indicated that California will seek a stay of the panel's supervision during California's appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website].
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