The California Constitution is a great document, not without defects, but on the whole more protective of personal liberty than the United States Constitution. It begins with the following declaration of rights:
“All people are by nature free and independent and have inalienable rights. Among these are enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing, and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining safety, happiness, and privacy.”
Doing justice requires that laws be understood and enforced in a way that is consistent with this declaration of rights. As Attorney General, I would keep this declaration of rights foremost in my thoughts, and perform my duties so as to prevent any intentional trespass of these inalienable rights.
This is what justice requires.