California Attorney General Jerry Brown Monday announced that he had filed a motion opposing a federal court receiver’s motion to hold Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Controller John Chiang in contempt for failing to release $8 billion in state funds for a massive prison health care facilities construction project.

The state’s prison health system is operating under a federal receivership imposed after a federal judge ruled that the state had failed to abide by a settlement agreement in a lawsuit that alleged that the prison health care system is so inadequate that it represents unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.

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