Judge$ Reigning A$ King$!
Judge$ Reigning A$ King$!
“In transgressing and lying against the LORD,
and departing away from our God, speaking
oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering
from the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment is turned away backward,
and justice standeth afar off: for
truth is fallen in the street, and equity
cannot enter. Yea, truth faileth; and
he that departeth from evil maketh
himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and
it displeased him that there was no judgment.”
While the County of Los Angeles is descending into the hole financially, and many employees are being laid off or cut back, the judges are flourishing, shoveling in their bonuses from the taxpayers, and racking up more “salary” than even the nine Justices of the United States Supreme Court.
“Be not thou afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased;” Psalms 49:16. “For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.” Psalms 37:9, 10.
Calif. Court Perks All Over the Map
April 6, 2009
Faced with staggering budget cuts and multimillion-dollar cost overruns, California 's judiciary leaders this spring will consider employee layoffs, furloughs and cutbacks to traditionally sacrosanct programs like courthouse security.
But for judges in 19 courts across the state, the scenario won't be nearly so bleak. Court executives there will dip into their operating budgets and spend a combined $3 million on judicial perks ranging from car allowances to family gym memberships.
And no matter how bad the judiciary's cash crunch grows, no one -- save a reluctant Legislature -- can strip away the judges' court-provided benefits.
It's the law.
Adopted amid a contentious, marathon budget-fixing session in February, Senate Bill 11XX authorized counties to continue paying employee benefits to judges on top of the full range of extras the state already offers. Most of the public scrutiny focused on Los Angeles County , which offers local jurists an extra $46,000 in benefits annually.
Less noticed was a provision in the bill that also requires courts that provide supplemental judicial benefits to continue doing so. And unlike counties, courts can't opt out of the payments.
"When bills come up for a floor vote without a lot of committee review, they're often passed off as routine," said Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, one of only a handful of legislators to vote against SB 11XX.
"And lawmakers are not in the habit of doing a lot of oversight of the judiciary," DeVore said.
California pays all trial court judges $178,789 a year plus a benefit package that includes health, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, a pension plan and a self-funded retirement account. Los Angeles and 11 other counties pay for additional perks . Of the 19 courts that offer their own supplemental benefits, many provide more generous health plans that include more local doctors. Others match what county executives receive, even if it appears to duplicate what the state already offers. ….
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