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Friday, October 15, 2010


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Former Local Judge Under Consideration for Court of Appeal


By a MetNews Staff Writer


A former Los Angeles Superior Court judge is under consideration for appointment to the Third District Court of Appeal, the MetNews has learned.

The State Bar Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation has sent out questionnaires regarding the possible appointment of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Elena Duarte to the appeals court, based in the state capital.

The Third District’s presiding justice position, and one associate justice position, are vacant, and another position will open when Justice Richard Sims III retires at the end of next month.

Duarte, 44, was a Los Angeles Superior Court judge from April 2007 to May 2008, when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to her current office. She explained at that time that her husband had been transferred to Sacramento as part of his job working for federal law enforcement, and that she had sought the change when her husband’s transfer became permanent.

Duarte was an assistant U.S. attorney—first in the Eastern District of California and then in the Central District—from 1994 to 2007 and she was a trial attorney in the Department of Justice Criminal Division in Washington, D.C. from 1992 to 1994.

She attended college at USC and graduated from law school at Stanford.

The name of Sacramento Superior Court Judge Jaime Roman was previously sent to the JNE Commission for evaluation as a possible appointee to the appellate court.


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