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Santa Clara County, CA June 3, 2008 Election
Judge - Superior Court; County of Santa Clara; Office 8 Voter Information

6 Year Term.

Results as of Jun 25 1:31pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1,113/1,113)

Runoff Election 11/4/2008

Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Diane Ritchie, Esq. Click here for more information about this candidate 52,878 votes 27.21%

  • Occupation: Attorney/Mediator, Santa Clara County
  • I am an experienced trial attorney and mediator with a demonstrated history of handling difficult cases for 27 years.
  • As a Deputy District Attorney, I prosecuted criminals including child molesters in Santa Clara County.
  • I have handled more than a thousand cases including hundreds of bench and jury trials and served as temporary judge in Superior Court.
  • My broad experience with both civil and criminal law make me uniquely qualified to be a Superior Court judge.
  • I have represented clients in many areas of law from employment law and discrimination, to family law, real estate, and personal injury,
  • I have taught law at high technology companies, universities, and law schools. As a mediator, I successfully help people resolve legal disputes.
  • 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 37,625 votes 19.36%
  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • A veteran homicide prosecutor with more than 30 years experience, Lane Liroff believes that community safety is a top priority.
  • Successfully prosecuted complex murder cases involving hate crimes and against sexual predators, gang members, witness and child killers.
  • Law school professor for 18 years and adjunct faculty at SJSU teaching law enforcement officers for 15 years
  • Former staff attorney for Attorney General Janet Reno, consulting on the prosecution of federal murder cases.
  • Named Outstanding Prosecutor for the Santa Clara County District Attorney
  • 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
  • Serve and protect the citizens of Santa Clara County
Jesús "Jess" Valencia Click here for more information about this candidate 36,900 votes 18.99%
  • Occupation: Superior Court Commissioner
  • Judicial Experience (January 2007 to present)
  • Judge Pro Tem Experience (6 yrs.)
  • Civil & Criminal Law Experience (20 yrs.)
  • City of San Jose Elections Commission (3.5 yrs)
  • Santa Clara Law School Bd. of Visitors (12 yrs)
  • SCU Owens Lawyer of the Year Award (2001)
  • Bring fresh ideas & approaches to the juvenile justice system.
  • Work with community groups to address juvenile crime & gang violence.
  • Work with community groups to improve access to the courts.
Jay Steven Boyarsky Click here for more information about this candidate 35,233 votes 18.13%
  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • Deputy District Attorney for 14 years--including Special Assignment to Hate Crimes; and Supervisor of North County Division for over five years
  • Wrote Maricela's Law to protect the community from sexual predators
  • Dedicated hundreds of hours to assisting public safety organizations, protecting crime victims, and working toward a hate-free community
  • Extensive courtroom and trial work in criminal law and civil litigation experience
  • Federal Clerkship with the late Honorable William A. Ingram
  • Graduated from prestigious and nationally renowned UC Berkeley's Boalt Hall School of Law
  • Commitment to Justice, Fairness and Integrity
  • Appropriate judicial temperament so that everyone in my courtroom is treated with respect and dignity
  • Apply my diverse life experience and extensive qualifications to reach a fair result in each case
Tim Pitsker Click here for more information about this candidate 31,666 votes 16.30%
  • Occupation: County of Santa Clara Career Prosecutor
  • Environmentalist & member of The Nature Conservancy and The Sierra Club
  • Vice-Chair, Citizen Advisory Panel for the Dumbarton Rail Corridor Project (environmental impact report)
  • All parties will be treated equally and fairly
  • Being independant from influences from other people and special interest groups
  • Cut down on case continuances and limit the time lawyers are allowed to argue

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Official Information

The State Bar of California

Candidate Forums

  • Monday, May 12, 7-8pm, Mountain View City Council Chambers
    presented by the Leagues of Women Voters of Los Altos/Mountain View & Palo Alto
  • Video of the above forum
  • Saturday, May 17, 9:30-11:30am
    Hear 5 Judge Candidates
    Mary Campbell Room at the Campbell Community Center on corner of Campbell Ave. & Winchester Ave.
    conducted by the League of Women Voters
News and Analysis

San Jose Mercury News

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