California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye defended the recent -- and controversial -- reform of California's bail system in an interview on KQED's Political Breakdown podcast this week.
"I can't say too much about (Senate Bill) 10 because if it's litigated, it likely will come before the Supreme Court," she said. "But I will say this -- the process was unassailable."
Senate Bill 10 was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last week. It will eliminate cash bail next October and replace it with a system that relies more on risk assessments of defendants and judges' discretion.
The bail industry is starting to collect signatures in an attempt to repeal the law at the ballot box. And some civil rights groups also opposed the final measure, saying it will result in more people being held in jail.
But Cantil-Sakauye held up the legislation as evidence of government working well, noting that she appointed a panel of 10 judges and one court executive officer to study the issue for a full year before they made a series of recommendations that she supported.