After five round-the-clock days of legislative horse trading and stalemates, California's judicial leaders scored two key political victories Thursday as state lawmakers finally closed a $40 billion budget deficit. Among the three-dozen bills legislators sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's desk to handle the shortfall was language that lets counties continue paying extra benefits to local judges, and authorization to build or rehabilitate 41 courthouses with $5 billion in bond money.
Courts Win in California Budget Deal
February 20, 2009