Do criminals get more rights than victims in California? That's the claim behind Proposition 9 on next week's ballot. We hear the pros and cons. Also, a tax increase and cuts in education, and former Orange County top cop, Mike Carona, went on trial today on corruption charges.
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Mike Carona resigned as Sheriff of Orange County to concentrate on defending himself against criminal charges of misusing his office. Today, the jury heard opening arguments. Julie Gallego, politics editor at the Orange County Register, covered the indictment of the man known as "America's Sheriff."
Julie Gallego, Politics Editor, Orange County Register
The so-called Victims' Bill of Rights was voted into the state constitution in 1982, but supporters of Proposition 9 on next week's ballot say what they call a "broken" system favors criminals. Opponents, including San Quentin's former warden, say it's unnecessary and expensive. Victims are notified of criminal proceedings, and they can attend and participate in hearings on sentencing and parole. Prop 9 would expand those rights. We hear both sides.
Arnold Schwarzenegger's office says, "We never talk about the Governor's private meetings." But others are free to report. Rick Pratt, Assistant Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, was in the room yesterday when the Governor talked about cuts in money for schools and increasing the sales tax.
Rick Pratt, Assistant Executive Director, California School Boards Association
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