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72.3 Percent

By Ian Millhiser  

"72.3 Percent"

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That’s the percentage of California trial and appellate judges who are white, despite the fact that approximately 40 percent of the state is non-Latino white. Unfortunately, this means that California actually outperforms the federal bench on diversity. An August 2009 survey found that “70 percent of federal judges were white men, 15 percent were white women, 10 percent were minority (African-American and Hispanic) males, and 3 percent were minority females,” although these numbers have improved somewhat because President Obama significantly overperformed his predecessors in nominating diverse candidates to the federal bench.

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