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Orange County Judge Marc Kelly sparked national outrage when he ruled that the 25-year mandatory minimum sentence for a convicted child molester was "cruel and unusual punishment." Some voters want him recalled, and politicians have told him to resign.  Legal ethics prevent him from speaking out for himself, but defenders — including a retired judge — say he was just doing his job.  We hear both sides.

Also, California is tripling taxpayer subsidies for films and TV shows.  Will that really help curtail runaway production? 

Photo: Remove Judge Kelly campaign

Producers:
Christine Detz
Evan George

Judicial Independence Gets an Angry Challenge in Orange County 12 MIN, 50 SEC

Last December, 20-year old Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto was convicted of sodomizing a three-year-old family member in Orange County. The mandatory minimum under state law would be 25 years to life. In a lengthy opinion, Judge Marc Kelly called the crime "serious and despicable" -- but he ruled that 25 years, in this case, would be "cruel and unusual punishment" under the 8th Amendment. Last month, he issued a sentence of ten years instead. That created a national uproar, including Facebook attacks, and death threats against Judge Kelly. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas is appealing the sentence, but the County Supervisors have joined demands for a recall election.

Guests:
James P. Gray, Superior Court of Orange County (retired)
Todd Spitzer, Orange County Board of Supervisors

More:
Gray's letter in defense of Judge Kelly's decision

New Hollywood Tax Credit Program Begins 7 MIN, 30 SEC

With states and foreign countries offering tax incentives, Hollywood has suffered for years from what's called "runaway production." This week, the state of California is launching its own -- new and improved -- tax incentive program. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez reports that the problem is real enough, but there's some doubt that tax incentives are the solution.

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

More:
Southern California Association of Governments on the impact of film/TV tax credit program
Income taxes: qualified motion pictures (AB 1839)
Governor Brown on film/TV legislation

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