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California Supreme Court Rules for Jerry Brown in Prison Case

The California Supreme Court, siding with Gov. Jerry Brown in a major prison case, on Monday overturned a lower court ruling blocking his initiative to make some nonviolent felons eligible for early parole.

In a 6-1 ruling, the court found Brown acted within his discretion when he filed the November ballot initiative as an amendment to a narrower measure concerning juvenile justice.

“There is no question that the changes the proponents made to this initiative measure were, in certain respects, quite extensive,” said Justice Carol A. Corrigan, writing for the majority. “However, that is their right, so long as the changes are reasonably germane to the original theme, purpose, or subject.”

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