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Santa Clara County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 8 Voter Information

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Results as of Nov 25 11:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1,142/1,142)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Diane Ritchie, Esq. Click here for more information about this candidate 275,934 votes 54.85%

  • Occupation: Attorney/Mediator, Santa Clara County
  • My 27 years of experience in both civil and criminal law make me uniquely qualified to be a Superior Court judge.
  • As a mediator, I have the highest settlement rate in the state for the Dept. of Fair Employment & Housing, and the same rate in private mediations.
  • As a Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney, I prosecuted important cases including child molest.
  • As a civil attorney, I have handled cases in many areas of law from employment law and family law, to real estate, and personal injury.
  • I have handled more than a thousand cases including more than a hundred bench and jury trials and been a judge Pro Tem in Superior Court.
  • I have taught law for universities, law schools, and high technology companies.
  • Help people resolve disputes quickly.
  • Treat people fairly and with respect. Make sure people understand the law that applies to their case.
  • Protect our community.
Lane Liroff Click here for more information about this candidate 227,150 votes 45.15%
  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • A veteran homicide prosecutor with more than 30 years experience and a law school professor for 18 years.
  • Endorsed by 60+ Superior Court Judges and Commissioners, District Attorney Dolores Carr and Sheriff Laurie Smith.
  • Former staff attorney for Attorney General Janet Reno, consulting on the prosecution of federal murder cases.
  • Highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Named Outstanding Prosecutor by the Santa Clara County District Attorney
  • Honored by the San Jose Police Department when named winner of their Excellence in Prosecution Award.
  • Contributing author for 7 books on ethics, criminal law, trial procedures and evidence.
  • Follow the law and reach a fair result in every case
  • Treat every litigant, attorney and juror with dignity and respect
  • Maintain the highest standards for integrity and fairness

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Official Information

Judicial Code of Ethics, Canon 5
"Judicial Candidates Shall Refrain From Inappropriate Political Activity"
Nonpartisan Information

California State Bar Association

Candidate Forums

  • September 9, 6:00 pm West Valley-Mission College Trustees, 7:15 pm Judge #8 Runoff, 8:00 pm Congressional District 14, West Valley College's Baltic Room, 14000 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga
  • Video of Candidate Forum held on October 18 - produced by the Palo Alto League of Women Voters in partnership with the Midpeninsula Community Media Center
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