Term limits lawsuit thrown out

A state appeals court has thrown out a suit by the group U.S. Term Limits that sought changes in the title and summary of the term-limits initiative intended for the February statewide ballot.

A three-judge panel of the 3rd District Court of Appeal announced Friday morning that it was refusing to hear the case. Anderson vs. Sacramento Superior Court was brought by San Francisco activist Anita Anderson and U.S. Term Limits, a national group that funds term limits efforts throughout the country.

The suit claimed the description of the initiative approved by the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown would mislead voters, causing voters who favor term limits to vote for it. Eric Grant, the attorney for U.S. Term Limits, characterized the description to be seen by voters as “misleading, unfair, and prejudicial” when he filed suit on May 3. Superior Court Judge Gail Ohanesian turned down that petition on May 25, leading to the appeal that landed the case in appellate court.

The initiative–championed by Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu

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