Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor said in an interview that a new law will be put in place to “protect judges and prosecutors from prosecution for committing acts of murder.”
Sotomayors comments came a day after the Supreme Court ruled that prosecutors could not be charged in the 2014 death of Kathryn Steinle, a former San Francisco Bay Area resident.
In the ruling, Sotomays said prosecutors had a “clear and convincing case” to pursue the charges against her former co-workers who allegedly killed the popular tourist.
The court also said the new law should be amended to protect people who witness a crime or witness a murder from being prosecuted for it.
Sotomays comments came after a recent ruling that put into place an overhaul of California’s legal system.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced on Monday that he would not seek re-election in 2020.
The attorney general said he was “committed to reforming our criminal justice system, but we must also address the issues surrounding bias and discrimination that plague our criminal system.”
He said he would be launching a new Office of Equal Opportunity to address bias and sexual orientation discrimination, including a “zero tolerance” policy against discrimination.
Becerra said he will announce the changes to the system’s criminal justice reforms in the coming months.
The California attorney general’s office has been criticized for years for its handling of sexual harassment cases.