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June 29, 2010

IS IT NOT? OR AM I MISSING SOMETHING HERE?

BOB KALUNIAN: I THINK YOU'RE RIGHT, SUPERVISOR. WE BELIEVE THAT THE COURT IS IN THE BEST POSITION TO MAKE A DETERMINATION WHETHER AN EXPERT IS APPROPRIATE OR NOT, AND GENERALLY SPEAKING, GOOD CAUSE HAS TO BE SHOWN BY THE MOVING PARTY TO GET THE EXPERT APPOINTED FROM THE DEFENSE STANDPOINT, AND YOU RAISE AN INTERESTING POINT IN THE SENSE THAT THE PROSECUTION HAS UNLIMITED RESOURCES AND DOESN'T GO TO THE COURT TO GET THEIR EXPERTS. THEY HAVE THE FULL FORCE AND EFFECT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT ALL THE WAY UP TO THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WHEN THEY NEED IT. SO I THINK THAT WE ARE ALWAYS STRUGGLING FOR AN EVEN PLAYING FIELD IN REGARDS TO EXPERTS.

SUP. RIDLEY-THOMAS: IT'S A FUNDAMENTAL FEATURE OF DEMOCRACY, AS I SEE IT, AND I THINK THAT SHOULD BE UNDERSCORED AND WE SHOULDN'T LOSE SIGHT OF IT. THANK YOU, MADAME CHAIR.

SUP. MOLINA, CHAIR: VERY GOOD. WE HAVE A MOTION AND SECONDED. IS THERE ANY OBJECTION? MIKE?

SUP. ANTONOVICH: JUST THE ITEM ASKING FOR A REPORT BACK WITH THOSE POINTS RELATIVE TO C.E.O. WORKING ON FLAT FEE FOR CONTRACTS AND THE -- WHAT EXPERTS ARE BEING PAID THE MOST, WHAT DOCTORS GET PAID MORE THAN THOSE ON THE APPROVED LIST OF

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