The Forgotten Years

Edward R. Jagels Weighs In On Book About Jerry’s Judges

Posted on | September 21, 2010 | 257 Comments

POST UPDATE:  The book is now available through Amazon.

By 1981, Governor Jerry Brown’s appointments to the State Supreme and appellate courts had changed the azimuth of California criminal law and procedure. As this book demonstrates, his appointees, some personally strange or venal and some merely dedicated ideologues, transformed the State’s criminal jurisprudence into something which lawyers in the rest of the nation found almost incomprehensible.

I well remember during that time attending a National District Attorneys Association narcotics conference in Kansas City for prosecutors from throughout the nation. During the group discussions, I would occasionally explain some aspect of judicially created law or procedure imposed by Brown’s judges. My colleagues were shocked, fascinated, and Read more

Amazon to Carry “Gov. Jerry Brown’s Destruction of the California Judiciary”

Posted on | September 21, 2010 | 245 Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown's Destruction of the California Judiciary

(Available at Amazon for $9.95)

A shocking look at Governor Brown’s appointment of judges who were far-left friends, donors, politicians and just shock value appointees, regardless of the lack of any qualifications in many, many cases.

This book highlights the antics, bizarre behavior, and outright illegal actions of individuals before and after they were appointed by Brown as judges in California. It is also a factual look at the outrageous actions and the pro-criminal decisions of judges appointed by Governor Jerry Brown who changed laws, set liberal policies and gave special preferences to criminals and fellow acquaintances.

Brown’s most famous appointment as Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, Rose Bird, is revealed as a despot who championed anti-death penalty cases which hampered law enforcement and prosecutors while allowing criminals to avoid the death penalty.  The Bird court overturned Rodney Alcala’s first conviction for the murder Read more

About Louis W. Barnett

Posted on | April 27, 2010 | 228 Comments


Louis Wm. Barnett is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and raised in the San Fernando Valley.

A nationally known conservative activist, Mr. Barnett was a co-founder of the American Legislative Exchange Council, the bipartisan national organization of conservative state legislators.  He served as Political Director of the American Conservative Union (ACU) and as National Political Director of Ronald Reagan’s Political Action Committee (Citizens for the Republic).

He helped re-launch the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 1983 and founded the California Conservative Union.

He has worked at local, state and federal levels of government and also in the private sector.  His political activity includes managing local school board candidates, state legislative races as well as working on gubernatorial and presidential campaigns.

Conceiving an initiative which allowed voters in both Montana and California to call for a National Balance Budget Amendment to the US Constitution his plan was halted by liberal State Supreme Courts.  He was successful in California in helping to craft and pass the California Civil Rights Initiative that banned race and sex considerations in college admissions, hiring and contracting by government in California.

Barnett has lectured on politics throughout the Americas including Canada and Central and South America, served as a Commissioner of the CA State Senate Advisory Commission on Cost Control in State Government, Chaired the Plenary Session of White House Conference on Libraries & Information Services, tested into MENSA, and was a Pacific Research Institute Award Winner in 1994 for a low income housing proposal.

He currently serves as a Board Member of Yorktown University, the first accredited online conservative institution.

California Supreme Court Chief Justice Rose Bird

Posted on | March 16, 2010 | 251 Comments

Perhaps Governor Brown’s most controversial judicial appointment was Rose Bird as the Chief Justice of the California State Supreme Court.

Appointed in February of 1997, Brown stunned the legal community by announcing his nomination of his Secretary of Agriculture and Services Agency – and his former campaign chauffeur – Rose Elizabeth Bird who he had known at U. C. Berkeley to be the first woman Chief Justice passing over every experienced judge in California and many well qualified women.

The controversial appointment was opposed by many including then Bishop Roger Mahony (now a Cardinal in the Los Angeles Archdiocese who based his opposition on his personal working relationship with Rose.

Her controversial service on the California State Supreme Court led to the “Rose Bird Court” becoming the short hand for liberal courts and judges in California.

During her service on the California State Supreme Court, she hewed to a consistently liberal, pro-defendant, and anti-death penalty line.  She voted against Read more

Republican Superior Court Judge Robert Stevens

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 217 Comments

Senator Robert Stevens’ political influence was based largely on his maverick liberal Republicanism which earned him a large backlog of political IOUs.  On major tax bills and farm labor issues, Stevens became the deciding vote for Governor Brown’s programs.

On July 7, 1977, Brown re-paid Stevens Read more

Court of Appeals Justice Paul Halvonik

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 281 Comments

Paul Halvonik was a Justice of the California State Court of Appeals, the second highest level in the state’s judicial system and was known to be a leading contender for the next vacancy on the California State Supreme Court.

On September 17, 1979, Deborah Halvonik called the Oakland police to report a burglary in their fashionable Oakland Hills home.

While there, the officers saw two growing marijuana plants. Read more

Fresno Judge Lenore Schreiber

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 266 Comments

Lenore Schreiber was an intelligent and aggressive lawyer with the Fresno County Public Defender’s office when Governor Jerry Brown appointed her a Judge of the Fresno County Municipal Court in January 1978.

In selecting Schreiber, Brown was appointing the first woman to serve on the Fresno court.

Prior to her appointment, several senior members of the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office wrote to Governor Brown’s Legal Affairs Secretary, Anthony Kline, strongly objecting to the appointment and offering Read more

Judge Hugh Wesley Goodwin

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 180 Comments

Goodwin was appointed to the Fresno Municipal Court on January 29, 1976.  Prior to his appointment, Goodwin had been an Assistant Public Defender in Fresno County for nine years.  Previously, he had been a member of the Fresno City Council and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors.

Judges have an awesome responsibility.   Unfortunately, some allow the power to swell their egos and affect their judgment.  Few, however, assume that they have been appointed by God as His infallible instrument: Read more

Judges Fred Gabourie and Gilbert Alston

Posted on | March 15, 2010 | 382 Comments

Governor Jerry Brown appointed Fred Gabourie to the Los Angeles County Municipal Court in January of 1976.

Gabourie had an interesting past, including helping to negotiate an end to the violent occupation at Wounded Knee in South Dakota by radical Indian activist Dennis Banks.  The two were to become friends.

As a result of that violence at Wounded Knee, Dennis Banks was convicted by a South Dakota jury of assault with a deadly weapon.  Two days before he was to be sentenced, Banks fled to California.  Read more

San Diego Judge Lewis Wenzell

Posted on | March 14, 2010 | 338 Comments

Appointed by Governor Brown in 1978 at the age of 35, Judge Wenzell was “modernistic” in his judicial views and personal manners.

In 1972 he had moved to San Diego and became a Senior Trial Attorney in the Federal Defenders Office.  An expert defense lawyer, he joined the San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Club, and in 1976 he wrote a chapter in the Public Defenders’ Source Book.

Shortly after his appointment it became apparent the Wenzell was destined for quite a future in the Jerry Brown Judiciary. Read more

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