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The Governator will nominate Court of Appeal Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to succeed Ron George as California Chief Justice. Maura Dolan has this story in the LA Times.  The speed of this appointment after CJ George's announced retirement suggests that the Gov. knew well in advance and had his nomination ready.

Justice Cantil-Sakauye has served at all levels of the California justice system, beginning at the now-defunct Municipal Court.  She was a deputy district attorney, then worked for Governor Deukmejian, who appointed her to the Muni. Court. Gov. Wilson elevated her to the Superior Court, and Governor Schwarzenegger elevated her to the Court of Appeal.

AP has this story, as carried on the SF Chron's site. The headline emphasizes Justice Cantil-Sakauye's ethnic group as if that were her most important characteristic. Sheesh. Give the LA Times credit for not doing that. 

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The funniest thing in the LAT story was that the Chief Justice designate got turned down by the public defender but hired by the DA.

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