Brown's Statement on California Supreme Court Granting Petition for Review in Saleem Body Armor Case

Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Contact: (415) 703-5837, agpressoffice@doj.ca.gov

Los Angeles--Attorney General Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced today that the California Supreme Court has granted the state's petition to review the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal’s ruling in the Saleem case, a decision last year that threw out a law banning convicted felons from possessing body armor. For more than ten years, the law served as a deterrent and arguably saved many lives. The Attorney General urges the Supreme Court to override the lower court’s ruling and restore this vital tool to the men and women who bravely protect our communities.

"This is a clear victory for police officers everywhere. Allowing criminals and gang members to arm themselves with body armor makes no sense, and I'm confident the Supreme Court will reverse this wrong-headed decision,' Brown said.

Brown filed a petition to the California Supreme Court on January 22, 2010 after the Second Appellate District Court of Appeal struck down the statute, ruling that the law was too vague.

Brown’s petition argued that the Court of Appeal’s Opinion:

• Failed to follow the test for determining whether a statute is vague;
• Contradicted the Legislature’s intent in enacting a body armor statute; and
• Needlessly abrogated the entire body armor statute.

In 1998, the California Legislature enacted the James Guelff Body Armor Act to prohibit felons convicted of a violent crime from possessing body armor.

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