Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Politics and judges don’t mix

From page B7 | June 01, 2014 |

Why is a candidate for judge promoting the fact that he is supported by one political party? Shouldn’t we want judges who are nonpartisan? If he is elected, will he then ask you what your political affiliation is if you appear before him? Just as that is irrelevant, a candidate’s political affiliation should be irrelevant.

We should want a judge who is neutral. A candidate who so vocally presents himself as one-sided should cause us to run the other way. I’m voting for Commissioner Janene Beronio. She has proved herself to be neutral for more than 25 years.

Jamie Taylor


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  • Fred HarveyMay 31, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Now Jamie, NAME and SHAME! Which bench candidate is claiming the support of one political party?

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  • It's Frederick CohenMay 31, 2014 - 5:33 pm

    It's Frederick Cohen. Who is apparently clueless that being a judge has nothing to do with party. Even after numerous people have told that to him. DUMB.

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  • Fred HarveyMay 31, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    Then let's hope that the voters understand this and swing to another candidate who is not so dumb.

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  • May 31, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Despite the Immediate and Solo Candidate Endorsement, Did the Judges endorse the most qualified candidate? Absolutely not. Quite frankly, the most misleading and downright incorrect statements made in this race are that Commissioner Beronio has: (1) been doing the job of a Judge for 25 years, and, (2) that she can fill Judge Mock’s shoes on day one. Commissioner Bernonio is NOT the most qualified candidate in the race. In the last 15 years all she has done are ministerial tasks, i.e. the job of a Commissioner: traffic cases, Arraignments, and misdemeanor pleas. Presiding over jury trials and felony sentencing are the most complicated and important tasks that a Judge performs. Commissioner Beronio has done NONE of that in the last 25 years. The only candidate ready to replace Judge Mock is Candidate John Brennan. I’ve been affected by the implicit pressure of the judiciary’s endorsements. As a practicing member of the bar in Yolo County, I am loath to go on record supporting someone else or criticizing the judges’ “choice”, as I have to practice in front of the same. This “open race” for a judicial seat in Yolo was usurped by the judiciary and is offensive to what could have been a truly democratic process based on merit, rather than pressure and politics. - Anonymous Attorney with many years experience in Yolo County.

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  • Fred HarveyJune 01, 2014 - 2:01 am

    Dear Anon: A judge's responsibility is to manage the court and administer the law as written and when not written, to make reasonable decisions based on good judgement and the spirit of the common law. Are you suggesting that candidate Beronio lacks administration experience, is unreasonable and is short on good judgement Otherwise, i cannot understand your assessment unless it is based on personal bias absent any professional standard. So, exactly what are the professional standards you are using for your opinion?

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  • June 01, 2014 - 5:35 pm

    The standards that anon is likely referring to is that a person who has served for so long as a commissioner without being appointed judge raises major flags. Commissioner Beronio has twice submitted her name to the JNE Commision (the Commision which decides whether a judge candidate is qualified to be appointed as a judge). Both times they have determined that Beronio is unqualified to be a judge. Fredrick Cohenhas also gone through the commission without being appointed. The fact that Beronio says she has done the job of a judge is a huge farce. She only does the minesterial tasks that require no thought. Arraignments and misdemeanor pleas. A real judge does far more than that. In fact, the active judges saying she has done the work of a judge is an insult to them. She has never made an evidence tiary ruling. She has no working knowledge of the felony sentencing scheme. She is not someone who could take over judge Mock's caseload. If you believe she can and vote for her, please track the number of years it takes before she is allowed to handle the type of case judge mock handles. John Brennan, and John Brennan alone poses the qualifications to step in for Mock on day 1. He has handled homicide cases as a prosecutor and defense attorney. He is deeply familiar with the law for all types of cases. He can make rulings that would not be overturned by an appellate court. When tasked with only reading the charges to serious criminals, Cmisioner Beronio has done so poorly that a case where an officer was killed had to be dismissed. Is that what you want for a judge?

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  • TrishJune 01, 2014 - 6:08 am

    How is John Brennan a good candidate? How does a $100K loan from Daddy constitute countywide support? He's a defense attorney. He's no more qualified than anyone else, and certainly less qualified than a superior court commissioner. No one has pressured anyone to support Beronio; that you're acting like they have is a transparent attempt to make the election look like a conspiracy. If you don't want to vote for her, don't. She has plenty of other votes.

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  • Anon is simply wrongJune 02, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    I’m also a member of the Yolo County Bar, and can confirm without doubt that Anon is simply wrong. Commissioner Beronio has in fact presided over jury trials. And evidentiary hearing. And felony pleas. And felony sentencing. In fact, there is very little she has not done in the last 25 years. That is why both defense attorney and prosecutors alike have overwhelmingly voted to endorse her (78% of the county bar). We simply think she is fair, and most qualified.

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