Against growing odds, Gov. Jerry Brown is formally asking the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene once again in the state's years long battle with federal judges over control of California's prison system. The Democratic governor filed his formal appeal late Friday.
He wants the justices to overturn a lower court decision ordering the state to cut its prison population by nearly 10,000 inmates by year's end to improve conditions. He says the state would have to free violent felons.
The filing comes just a week after the Supreme Court rejected the state's request to postpone that order. Even if the high court agrees this fall to consider the state's appeal, a ruling is unlikely until next year. That would be too late to help California avoid complying with the order.