Editorial: Tom Wills for judge - Mont...

Editorial: Tom Wills for judge - MontereyHerald.com

There are 10 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Apr 27, 2008, titled Editorial: Tom Wills for judge - MontereyHerald.com. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

It's all but certain that the judge favored by voters June 3 will be as well qualified as anyone who might have received a gubernatorial appointment, the more common procedure.

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The Herald is wrong

Fredericksburg, VA

#1 Apr 27, 2008
Tom Wills and Mark Hood attended non-accredited law schools!!! They are ineligible to work for the military or federal government as an attorney. They are ineligible to practice law in other states. Do you want a surgeon operating on you who attended a non-accredited medical school? The same should be asked of our judges. Luma Serrano is best educated and most experienced of all the candidates.

United States

#2 Apr 28, 2008
"Annointed" is a nice word for "fixed".....yes, another "back door deal" that is the sad history of the Monterey County Bench. A Bench that, to be kind, is ethically challenged. By the way, Editors of the Herald, get your facts straight....Ms. Serrano-Williams got her BA at Berkeley and her law degree at Columbia. Read her bio correctly....among other things, she has Wall Street legal experience as well as that in the LA District Attorney's Office and the Monterey County Public Defender's Office. I guess the Herald doesn't think Wall Street measures up to Main Street Salinas? Please. This is the diversity you should be talking about....not just that she is Hispanic. Read this editorial closely and it will affirm everything you need to know about the Monterey County Bench....overwhelmingly white, male, entrenched, annointed, chosen and not very ethical.
Don Carmel Valley Ca

San Jose, CA

#3 Apr 29, 2008
Luma Serrano did not work in the Los Angeles County District Attorneys office as an attorney. She was an intern. She did work briefly in the Monterey County Public Defenders office but never did a jury trial while she was there. One doesn't learn anything pleading people guilty. She is not qualified to be a Superior Court judge based on her "experience" practicing administrative law and transactional law. The Herald is correct in their evaluation.

United States

#4 Apr 30, 2008
If Ms. Serrano-Williams is not qualified to be a Superior Court Judge then neither is about half of the sitting bench. For example, a recent appointee, Efren Iglesia, hasn't done a jury trial either....but being the college roommate of Abel Maldonado sure helps get you the "in" with the Governor. Several other recent appointees also come to mind as less than qualified based upon the criteria of having done a jury trial. It is not about being qualified when it comes to an appointment....it is all political. And to a lesser degree the same is true for this election when you have Wills getting advance notice of the "early retirement" of Sillman from his cronies on the bench and those recently retired. Smacks of favoritism wouldn't you say? The inside track as it were. It is the "good old boy" network that is alive and well at the Courthouse. Tom Wills should be ashamed of his tactics....this is exactly the kind of ethical crap we need to eliminate from the bench....not add to it.

Salinas, CA

#5 May 6, 2008
Hood or Hornik are the best choices for this job.

Wills is a local heavyweight lawyer's hand-picked buttboy. Here's something the Herald should investigate:
How many of our sitting judges were placed into consideration for the bench by this local notable? Another knock against Wills is he's ethically-challenged. To wit: Wills put on a judges robe and gavel and then had the picture put on his website until he got his hand slapped and was reminded of the law.(uh, Tom you're not allowed to pretend you're a judge until you're actually elected) Oops. Howabout the multi-million dollar lawsuit Wills is involved in right now? And why's he being sued? Cuz he screwed up? And the Herald says "Vote for Tom, cuz one of our big advertisers told us so"

Luma Serrano - Feh. Unqualifed, slow on the uptake and suffering from a sense of entitlement. How about a little noblesse-oblidge, Luma?

Citrus Heights, CA

#6 May 8, 2008
The Herald is wrong wrote:
Tom Wills and Mark Hood attended non-accredited law schools!!! They are ineligible to work for the military or federal government as an attorney. They are ineligible to practice law in other states. Do you want a surgeon operating on you who attended a non-accredited medical school? The same should be asked of our judges. Luma Serrano is best educated and most experienced of all the candidates.
Who cares what school they went to - they passed the bar. Law school does not teach you how to be a judge.

Pleasanton, CA

#7 May 12, 2008
Todd Hornik is a pretentious snob! I've heard him at three different forums when he says, "I'm the absolute best choice" Ummm, I think not! I could see him now doing unethical things just like a few other judges in the past have done in Monterey County. Tom Wills is only in it for the retirement benefits, I doubt he would even finish a term! He's too old, too outdated and hello he's being sued by someone he represented for what is being called slimmy representation. This case is public record and I'd invite anyone to read it. Just make sure you aren't eating or just ate because trust me it will make you sick. Mark Hood? Who the heck is Mark Hood? Don't know him, and from what I've heard he is a little too Mr. Goody two shoes. Which makes me think he's hiding something..... Luma Serrano Williams is obviously the most qualified and deserved of all the candidates. She has my vote and if you want better balance on our superior court bench then she should get yours as well.
Spencer Critchley

Honolulu, HI

#8 May 18, 2008
In reply to the post by "The Herald is wrong": Mark Hood attended a fully accredited and highly respected law school, the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific. He graduated with the Order of the Coif award for excellence in legal scholastic achievement.

To quote from the McGeorge web site: "McGeorge was accredited by the American Bar Association in 1968, paving the way for its rise to national prominence." ( http://www.mcgeorge.edu/x239.xml )

Mark has deep experience in criminal and civil law, including 19 years as a criminal prosecutor. He has an unquestioned reputation for knowledge, fairness and integrity. There's more at his web site: http://electmarkhood.com

Spencer Critchley
Boots Road Communications/
Committee to Elect Mark Hood Judge
Upset mother

Milpitas, CA

#9 Sep 26, 2012
Thomas Wills is an unethical sexist biased judge who habitually rules in favor of the men or fathers. Disregards pertinent information & makes numerous blind rulings.
Dedicated Mother

Watsonville, CA

#10 Sep 27, 2012
This judge Thomas Wills is not going to destroy my daughters life! She will not fall through the cracks nor become another statistic ! Her voice will be heard and will be loud and clear! "Best Interest of the Chid" What a Joke! Justice will Prevail in the End! I will make sure of it!

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