Capitol Alert
By Christopher Cadelago
March 8, 2017 – 5:37 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown will have another opportunity to shape the state’s highest court after Justice Kathryn M. Werdegar announced Tuesday her plans to retire later this year.

Werdegar’s departure, set for Aug. 31, will give Brown his fourth opportunity in his second stint as governor to mold the seven-member California Supreme Court, long regarded by legal experts as among the most influential in the nation.

Brown’s recent appointments, of Leondra Kruger, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar and Goodwin Liu have recast the court with Democratic appointees from outside the judiciary. Like Brown, all three attended Yale Law School.

Werdegar, a native San Franciscan, was appointed to the court by Gov. Pete Wilson and was twice reconfirmed by statewide voters.

Wilson in a prepared statement, said, “I am sure that Justice Werdegar’s colleagues on the high court, past and present, regard her with great affection and great respect as a conscientious and collegial member of the court.

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