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Attorney general debate: Steve Cooley would fight panel's mandate on California prisons

October 5, 2010 | 12:52 pm

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Kamala Harris said in Tuesday's debate with opponent Steve Cooley that state officials "must comply" with mandates handed down by three federal judges who were currently holding the state's prison system in receivership.

Cooley said he would fight the judges' recommendations to the state's highest court.

"The experience with these panels and these recommendations is they are very costly, often very ineffective, and I would appeal the decisions of the three-judge panel all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court," he said.

Live coverage of the entire debate is available here.

-- Anthony York in Davis, Calif.

Photo: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

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