Judge candidate: Not told why state c...

Judge candidate: Not told why state commission denied her application for judge

There are 15 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from May 15, 2008, titled Judge candidate: Not told why state commission denied her application for judge. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

The one thing everyone can agree on is Ariadne Symons was found unqualified to be a Superior Court judge by the state commission that assesses judicial applicants.

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CRUZAN ATTORNEY

AOL

#1 May 15, 2008
SYMONS DID NOT GET A POSITIVE VOTE FROM THE VOLUNTEERS BECAUSE THEY, LIKE MOST JNE COMMISSION COMMITTEE APPOINTEE'S DO NOT SEEK TO ACTUALLY INVESTIGATE ANYTHING. A TRUE FACT FINDING PROCESS WOULD BE EXTREMELY TIME CONSUMING.
SYMONS SUFFERED FROM THE FACT THAT SHE HAS BEEN AN EXTREMELY COMPETENT AND SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTOR - WHICH AGGRAVATES DEFENSE COUNSEL AND SHE SUPERVISED THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEYS HANDLING MAJOR CRIMES - WHEREIN SHE REQUIRED THEY WORK AS HARD AS SHE DOES - WHICH AGGRAVATED SOME OF THOSE ATTORNEYS. IT'S EASY TO SEE WHY SHE RECEIVED NEGATIVE COMMENTS FROM THOSE FOLKS.
HOWEVER, HER SUPPORT FROM APPELLATE COURT JUDGES CLEARLY DEMONSTRATES RESPECT FOR HER JUDICIAL QUALIFICATIONS.
Another Cruzan Attorney

Ukiah, CA

#2 May 15, 2008
Steve Wright is by far the better choice regardless of what the JNE Commission says.
CRUZAN ATTORNEY

Laguna Niguel, CA

#3 May 15, 2008
I ENCOURAGE ANY READER TO REVIEW THE ENDORSEMENTS SHOWN ON THE CANDIDATES WEB SITE - AND DETERMINE FOR THEMSELVES WHAT LITERALLY HUNDREDS HAVE ALREADY INDICATED - THAT ARI SYMONS IS THE MOST QUALIFIED CANDIDATE - IN TERMS OF ABILITY AND EXPERIENCE......
disabuser

United States

#4 May 15, 2008
" She also said she thinks the decision by the state bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission "is irrelevant to voters.""

So what use is such a commission then? I think electing judges is a bad idea, but it becomes even more absurd if there if we are to disregard a commission that, however flawed, has undoubtedly engaged in a process of evaluation far exceeding the one voters will use to make up their minds.
CRUZAN ATTORNEY

Laguna Niguel, CA

#5 May 15, 2008
POOR DISABUSER DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE JNE COMMISSION IS - NOR THE PROCESS...
CLEARLY THE PROCESS HAS SIGNIFICANT FLAWS. TWO TO THREE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS FROM ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE READING WHAT COMMENTS ARE PROVIDED BY THE LOCAL RESPONDERS (AND AS IS TYPICAL - THOSE WITH A NEGATIVE VIEW ARE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND) THE COMM HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE FULL TIME JOBS. THEY DO NOT PERSONALLY INTERVIEW RESPONDERS NOR TAKE SWORN TESTIMONY AND HAVE NO PROCEDURE FOR EXAMINING THE OPINIONS OR "FACTS" PROVIDED. THE METHODOLOGY WOULD FAIL ANY "DUE PROCESS" OR FAIRNESS ANAYLSIS.
THE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE WHO IS BEST POSITIONED TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.
Wescruz

Santa Cruz, CA

#6 May 15, 2008
There is something smelly and it isn't in Denmark.
interested

Laguna Niguel, CA

#8 May 15, 2008
"disabuser" - Does not have any idea about why the JNE (Judicial Nominee Evaluation) was formed - and is wrong in decrying the use of elections.

The purpose for the JNE process was simply to have a check on the Governor's ability to pack the appellate court system with political cronies. The Election process is, and will always be, the fairest way of filling important public offices.
Think About This

Aptos, CA

#9 May 15, 2008
I wonder what would have happened to Emily Reily's application if candidates for assembly person had to make one and be reviewed

To understand this post see comments regarding it that go with the article editor, Don Miller, wrote called The State of Santa Cruz

Could a person with her record be found to be qualified?

and they are concerned about Ari, how absurd
interested

Laguna Niguel, CA

#10 May 15, 2008
I agree with the earlier postings that urge anyone interested in the candidates qualifications - actually look at their respective web pages. Paying some attention to their respective education, experience, training and community service ought to help in evaluating the candidates.
jeffreynewell

Bangor, ME

#11 May 15, 2008
CRUZAN ATTORNEY wrote:
POOR DISABUSER DOESN'T KNOW WHAT THE JNE COMMISSION IS - NOR THE PROCESS...
CLEARLY THE PROCESS HAS SIGNIFICANT FLAWS. TWO TO THREE VOLUNTEER COMMITTEE MEMBERS FROM ANOTHER PART OF THE STATE READING WHAT COMMENTS ARE PROVIDED BY THE LOCAL RESPONDERS (AND AS IS TYPICAL - THOSE WITH A NEGATIVE VIEW ARE MOST LIKELY TO RESPOND) THE COMM HAS NO KNOWLEDGE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE FULL TIME JOBS. THEY DO NOT PERSONALLY INTERVIEW RESPONDERS NOR TAKE SWORN TESTIMONY AND HAVE NO PROCEDURE FOR EXAMINING THE OPINIONS OR "FACTS" PROVIDED. THE METHODOLOGY WOULD FAIL ANY "DUE PROCESS" OR FAIRNESS ANAYLSIS.
THE PEOPLE IN THIS COMMUNITY WILL ULTIMATELY DECIDE WHO IS BEST POSITIONED TO SERVE THE INTERESTS OF THE COMMUNITY.
From my experience and I will admit my intimate experience with the SCC DA's office is a few years old, but during the almost two decades that I had a knowledge of how this office operated, I think that due process was one of the things that office did not worry about. Now that may have changed or the leopard stills has its spots.

One the other hand the sitting judges and not the court commissioners aka carpet baggers, always kept the constitution in mind. This makes it difficult to want a leopard on the cattle ranch
Gail Levey

Menlo Park, CA

#12 May 16, 2008
When I first learned that Ariadne Symons was running I immediately endorsed and even though my time is limited, volunteered. Even without knowing who her opposition might be, I knew that there is no other lawyer in this county as brilliant and open minded as Ari.

While I came into this holding Ari in high esteem, during this campaign learned much more about the type of person she is day to day. Without a doubt, Ari is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, ethical and compassionate people I have ever met.

If only even 1/2 of our elected officials were of the same caliber as Ari, this nation would be once again economically strong and well respected throughout the world.

Attend a forum - listen to both candidates speak - you'll find there is no comparison - Ari is by far the most qualified person for the job.
jeffreynewell

Portland, ME

#13 May 16, 2008
Gail Levey wrote:
When I first learned that Ariadne Symons was running I immediately endorsed and even though my time is limited, volunteered. Even without knowing who her opposition might be, I knew that there is no other lawyer in this county as brilliant and open minded as Ari.
While I came into this holding Ari in high esteem, during this campaign learned much more about the type of person she is day to day. Without a doubt, Ari is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful, ethical and compassionate people I have ever met.
If only even 1/2 of our elected officials were of the same caliber as Ari, this nation would be once again economically strong and well respected throughout the world.
Attend a forum - listen to both candidates speak - you'll find there is no comparison - Ari is by far the most qualified person for the job.
I am in disagreemnet Mr Coburn, Mr. Dudley, Ben Rice and Steve Wright are all very intellegent and open minded and would all make wonderful judges. It is just that Mr. Wright is the only one that is running. While I have a problem with prosecutors becoming judges, with out defending the worst of the worst first. I have been impressed by the rulings of Mr.Danner, Mr. Danner was known as the devil incarnate to the criminal element of Santa Cruz for many years. I fear that prosecutors like the general public of Santa Cruz forget that the constitution was written for all citizens not just the white, rich and politcally savvy.
logicescapesyou

Tucson, AZ

#14 May 16, 2008
Steve Wright has spent his life trying to get criminals off, including murderers. Why does anyone think he'll be any different or any better as a judge? He will have a hard time holding defendants accountable. But we need judges that are willing to do just that. Because as we can see, the ones we have now are doing NOTHING to keep our community safe and keep criminals off the streets. I'm fed up and I'm voting Ari for Judge for sure.
Frank Lamont

Santa Cruz, CA

#15 May 20, 2008
I think that the Star Chamber like JNE is a joke. The refusal of a judge by them actually sounds like a ringing endorcement.
Kuhio

Rancho Cordova, CA

#16 Oct 30, 2013
When is Ariadne up for reelection?

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