Docket No. S016137.

52 Cal.3d 336 (1990)

801 P.2d 1077

276 Cal. Rptr. 326

ROBERT D. RAVEN et al., Petitioners, v. GEORGE DEUKMEJIAN, as Governor, etc., et al., Respondents.

Supreme Court of California.

December 24, 1990.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case


Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe, Stephen V. Bomse, David B. Goodwin, Melanie C. Gold, Katherine M. Basile and David C. Brownstein for Petitioners.

Linda F. Robertson, Henry H. Hall, Albert J. Menaster, John Hamilton Scott, John T. Philipsborn, Quin Denvir, Margaret C. Crosby, Alan L. Schlosser, Edward M. Chen, Matthew A. Coles, Paul Hoffman, Carol Sobel and Betty Wheeler as Amici Curiae on behalf of Petitioners.

Victor J. Westman, County Counsel, Andrea W. Cassidy, Deputy County Counsel, John K. Van de Kamp, Attorney General, Richard B. Iglehart, Chief Assistant Attorney General, John H. Sugiyama, Assistant Attorney General, Ronald E. Niver, Laurence K. Sullivan, Morris Beatus and Clifford K. Thompson, Jr., Deputy Attorneys General, for Respondents.

John A. Slezak, Edward R. Jagels, District Attorney (Kern), Jeffrey T. Even, Deputy District Attorney, James P. Cloninger, Arlo Smith, District Attorney (San Francisco), Donald E. Sanchez, Assistant District Attorney, Thomas W. Sneddon, Jr., District Attorney (Santa Barbara), Gerald McC. Franklin, Deputy District Attorney, Kent S. Scheidegger, Charles L. Hobson, Tarkington, O'Connor & O'Neill, John D. O'Connor and Ross Johnson as Amici Curiae on behalf of Respondents.




In this proceeding, we consider challenges to the validity of an initiative measure adopted at the June 5, 1990, Primary Election. This measure, designated on the ballot as Proposition 115, is entitled by its framers as the "Crime Victims Justice Reform Act." Its stated general purpose is to adopt "comprehensive reforms ... needed in...


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