Thursday, August 23, 2001
Lillie’s Assignment to Sit on Supreme Court in Mosk’s Place Delayed Due to Scheduling Conflicts
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Presiding Court of Appeal Justice Mildred Lillie of this district’s Div. Seven won’t be sitting on the state Supreme Court’s September calendar as previously scheduled, a state courts spokeswoman said yesterday.
Lynn Holton told the MetNews that Lillie’s schedule won’t permit her to sit as a member of the high court in People v. Slayton on Sept. 4 in San Francisco. The case involves the question of whether a person represented by counsel on criminal charges may be questioned by police with regard to related but uncharged crimes.
Lillie may sit on one of the cases on the high court’s October calendar, Holton said.
Justice James Lambden of the First District’s Div. Two will replace Lillie on the Slayton case. Other Court of Appeal justices who will sit on cases on the September calendar, as previously announced, are Harry Hull of the Third District, James Marchiano of the First District’s Div. One, Herbert I. Levy of the Fifth District, and Presiding Justice Daniel Kremer of the Fourth District’s Div. One.
The assignment of temporary justices will create a full complement of seven jurists for each case. The court has had a vacancy since Stanley Mosk, the longest-serving justice in its history, died June 19.
Gov. Gray Davis recently sent the names of four potential successors—Court of Appeal Justices Dennis Cornell of the Fifth District and Steven Perren of this district’s Div. Six, U.S. District Judge Carlos Moreno of the Central District of California, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Dennis Perluss—to the Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation, which has 90 days to report its findings back to the governor.
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