On Friday, in an anxiously awaited ruling, Los Angeles’ Second District Court of Appeal rejected the governor’s parole denial in a high-profile murder case and informed the chief executive that, despite his opinion to the contrary, his parole decisions are indeed subject to review by trial court judges.

“The fact that the governor may come to a different conclusion than the Board [of Prison Terms] about a prisoner’s suitability for parole,” the court held 2-1, “does not mean the governor’s discretion is absolute or unreviewable.”

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