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State bar commission gives highest rating to Supreme Court nominee

A state bar commission gave its highest rating Monday to Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, Gov. Schwarzenegger's nominee to become California's next chief justice.

The bar's Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation rated the appeals justice from Sacramento as "exceptionally well-qualified" to preside over the California Supreme Court and the state's sprawling court system.

Cantil-Sakauye, the first non-white person and only the second woman to be nominated chief justice, has a "brilliant mind" and "exceptional objectivity," the panel said. It described her as as "an extraordinarily hard worker" who "brings a sense of joyful enthusiasm" to the bench.

Cantil-Sakauye, 50, a moderate Republican and Filipino American, is expected to be approved Wednesday by the three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments, which is headed by current Chief Justice Ronald M. George. George, who is retiring in January, is believed to have played a strong role in the nomination of his successor.

Cantil-Sakauye's name will then appear on the November ballot for confirmation.

-- Maura Dolan in San Francisco


Comments () | Archives (5)

**Well, that's something you don't hear every day. "Moderate Republican." I wish her well.

The last thing we need in this state is another conservative Judge. What a waste for california.

Wow thats news to me... Great Job Judge and good luck!

Yeah Jazz we need to bring back really great liberal judges like good ol Rose Bird.

I do not disagree with the nominee, but the State Bar is just a bunch of corrupt self serving politically motivate lawyers. They conceal allegations against shyster attorneys and do little or nothing in the way of punishment for attorneys they know are acting unprofessionally if not illegally.


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