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Leondra Kruger Associate Justice Leondra Kruger, Supreme Court of California. Credit: Jason Doiy/ Recorder

Almost six years ago, then-Gov. Jerry Brown found himself defending his nomination of Leondra Kruger to the California Supreme Court.

Critics wanted to know why Brown didn’t pick a practicing California attorney or judge. Why go with a U.S. Justice Department lawyer with a Yale Law School degree—Brown’s alma mater—and no experience on the bench?

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl Miller, based in Sacramento, covers the state legislature and emerging industries, including autonomous vehicles and marijuana. She authors the weekly cannabis newsletter Higher Law. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @CapitalAccounts

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