Ian Pike 4 p.m., March 9
Imprudence Not Unconstitutional, Says Appeals Court
An appeals court yesterday (Jan. 26) refused to overturn an Orange County law permitting sheriffs' deputies with 30 years of service to retire at age 50 with a pension amounting to 90% of their salaries. Orange County argued that its current financial difficulties resulted in large part from "ruinous fiscal irresponsibility" of the previous board of supervisors that had passed the egregiously generous pension arrangement. But the 2nd appellate district said, "Imprudence is not unconstitutional." The case is expected to go to the state supreme court.