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Calif. Chief Justice Leaves GOP Over Kavanaugh Confirmation

FILE - In this March 23, 2015, file photo, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye delivers her State of the Judiciary address before a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. California Supreme Court justices Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018 peppered an attorney representing state workers with tough questions in a closely watched lawsuit over pension changes that has the potential to upend the state's long-held rule that retirement benefits can never be taken away once promised. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

The Chief Justice of California’s Supreme Court said Thursday she had left the Republican Party and reregistered as an Independent voter in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

In a phone interview with CALmatters, Tani Cantil-Sakauye — who was a prosecutor before becoming a judge 28 years ago and California Supreme Court chief justice in 2011—said she made the final decision after watching the contentious Senate hearings.

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“You can draw your own conclusions,” she said.

“I’ve been thinking about it for some time,” Cantil-Sakauye told the outlet, adding she talked it over with her husband and friends and their consensus was “you didn’t leave the party. The party left you.”

“I felt compelled to make a choice now,” said Cantil-Sakauye, the first Filipina-American Supreme Court justice and the second woman to serve as California’s chief justice. “It better suits what I do and how I approach issues.”

Cantil-Sakauye joins other prominent Republicans who have disavowed or left the GOP, including commentator George Will, former Rep. David Jolly of Florida, and ex-GOP strategist Steve Schmidt.

via newsmax


  1. This attitude is part & parcel of the problem. So deceived making her join the gang of Anti-Trump, Obstructionists! Tragic and divisive at the very least. As a judge I question her ability to JUDGE FAIRLY! VERY, VERY TRAGIC!

  2. This moron needs to leave the party and the practice of law. She doesn’t understand due process and the US Constitutional guarantee of innocence until proven guilty. This idiot exemplifies what the hell is wrong with our judicial system in this country. Political agenda instead of compliance to the law and the Constitution.

  3. There Are & Were a Lot of PHONY R’s & C’s..She I’m Sure was just another one..who Followed the REST..of those Nuts in Cali, WA, Or,Ar, CO,NY,NJ,CT,RI..MI, MN, & On..They Stick Together, They FAKE A LOT, including being R’s or C’s..it’s Why I DO Not Support All of the RNC..I DO Support 100% MY President TRUMP.

  4. How can any person be a judge if they don’t understand due process. Impeach immediately! California is infected with activist judges that all should be impeached.

  5. She doesn’t deserve the position that she occupies. I am so glad that I have no reason to ever have to appear in a court in that state. May she learn the hard way what Due Process of Law means!


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