LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Georges Marciano, the co-founder of Guess Jeans and a prominent philanthropist, today filed a writ with the California Supreme Court seeking to overturn lower court rulings based on a trial that denied him due process of law and the basic protections promised by the state and U.S. Constitutions.
Mr. Marciano is asking the Supreme Court to reverse a divided appeals court ruling from Friday that turned down his request to stay a lower court judgment, which was tainted by a trial in which he was denied the opportunity to present a meaningful defense.
“I am taking this case to the Supreme Court because the constitutional protections that we all rely on have been denied,” said Mr. Marciano. “I am concerned that if one judge can keep me from having my day in court, then the same injustice can be applied to all Californians.”
In a lawsuit brought by former employees, Mr. Marciano was not allowed to speak in his own defense, call witnesses or cross examine witnesses, despite long-established constitutional protections that guarantee those rights.
“These injustices have to stop,” said Mr. Marciano. “But I won’t stop. This fight is too important – for me and my family and for all of us in California.”
Mr. Marciano said the expense might be high, but he will not let this injustice come at the cost of his belief in the American system of justice.
“I am an immigrant,” said Mr. Marciano. “This country and the state of California gave me the opportunity to prosper and participate in the great American Dream. I love this country and everything it stands for. I believe in the American system of justice, and I believe that it must be defended. That is why I am taking this case to the Supreme Court.”
Mr. Marciano has achieved great success as the co-founder of Guess Jeans and other business enterprises that have brought thousands of jobs to the U.S. and to California. He has been honored for his ingenuity and creativity by receiving many honors and awards including the California Designer of the Year Award and the Otis Parson’s Fashion Achievement Award.
Mr. Marciano has consistently used the fruits of his success to provide for his community, especially in support of the first responders of Los Angeles. Former Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley declared April 12 as Marciano Day in honor of his numerous contributions to the Los Angeles Police, Sheriff and Fire Departments. He has also been recognized for his contribution toward job creation and economic development in the city of Los Angeles.
Mr. Marciano now wishes to devote his life to promoting the cause of equality, justice and economic prosperity for all Californians. He knows the challenges of pursuing a dream and the struggles for those who want to make a better life for their families. Mr. Marciano wants to create the same opportunities for the citizens of California that he had presented to him 30 years ago.