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Jerry Brown continues reshaping diverse California Supreme Court, swears in 2 newest justices


SACRAMENTO, California — Gov. Jerry Brown continues to reshape an increasingly diverse California Supreme Court as he swore in his two most recent appointees.

The governor administered oaths of office Monday to Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar (KWAY-Ahr) and Leondra Kruger.

The 42-year-old Cuéllar is a Mexican-born Stanford law professor.

Kruger, who is 38 years old and black, served as a deputy assistant U.S. attorney general.

The appointments give California one black, one Hispanic and three Asian justices. Four women are on the panel.

Brown says the court is "as diverse and as interesting and as reflective of California as I can possible imagine."

The court now has three justices appointed by Brown, a Democrat, likely shifting the conservative-leaning court further to the left. The other four justices were appointed by previous Republican governors.

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