Tuesday, August 25, 2009
CJA Slates Sept. 24 Hearing†† On Poochigian Nomination
By a MetNews Staff Writer
A Sept. 24 confirmation hearing has been scheduled for former state Sen. Charles Poochigian, who was nominated last week to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.
A three-member Commission on Judicial Appointments will hear testimony on the nomination in the Supreme Court courtroom in San Francisco at 2 p.m. For Fifth District appointments, the commission consists of Chief Justice Ronald George, Attorney General Jerry Brown and Fifth District Presiding Justice James Ardaiz.
The commission is soliciting testimony on the nomination. The deadline for written comments and requests to testify in person is 5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Requests to speak must include a summary of the facts on which any testimony or opinion will be based, under the commissionís guidelines.
The commission requests that correspondence be addressed to the chief justice at the Supreme Court, 350 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102, Attention: Ms. AhMoi Kim, Secretary to the Commission.
Poochigian, who now practices in a Fresno law firm, was nominated to succeed Justice Thomas Harris, who died last November. He served in the state Assembly and Senate between 1994 and 2006, when he lost to Brown in the general election for California attorney general.
†Prior to his legislative service, he was chief deputy appointments secretary to Gov. George Deukmejian and appointments secretary to Gov. Pete Wilson.
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