Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, October 2, 2006


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Schwarzenegger Names Judges to Posts in Sacramento, Fresno, and San Francisco


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday named four public sector lawyers to fill superior court vacancies in Sacramento, Fresno, and San Francisco counties.

The governor tapped Fresno Countyís assistant district attorney, Don Penner, to fill a Fresno Superior Court seat that will open up Nov. 1. Penner, 57, has worked in the office since 1975 and is a graduate of California State University, Fresno and San Joaquin College of Law.

Sacramento Deputy District Attorney Helena R. Gweon was named to a current vacancy on the Sacramento Superior Court. The 39-year-old Gweon is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School and has been a prosecutor since 1995.

The governor also named state Deputy Attorney General James E. McFetridge to fill a Sacramento Superior Court seat that will become vacant on Oct. 25. McFetridge, 46, joined the Attorney Generalís Office in 1996 and has risen through the ranks to become a supervising deputy. He was previously an associate with Ropers, Majeski, Kohn & Bentley and served in the Judge Advocate Generalís Corps in the U.S. Navy before that. He is a gradate of the University of Santa Clara and the University of San Francisco School of Law

San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Loretta M. Giorgi was named to a vacant position on the San Francisco Superior Court.  Giorgi, 46, has served as a deputy city attorney since 1985 and currently serves as chief attorney in the unit responsible for overseeing the investigation and prosecution of public corruption cases. 

Giorgi graduated from UC Davis and Golden Gate University School of Law.

†Penner and McFetridge are Republicans, Giorgi is a Democrat, and Gweon is unaffiliated.


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