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Posted by: thepinetree on 04/11/2014 08:53 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 04/11/2014 08:53 AM
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Calaveras Republican Party Endorses Phiel & Healy In Judges Races

Angels Camp, CA...Calaveras County Republicans have endorsed Dana Pfiel for Superior Court Judge – Department One and Tim Healy for Superior Court Judge – Department Two. We believe they are best qualified to serve Calaveras County....



Dana Pfiel currently serves as Calaveras County Assistant District Attorney and brings twelve years of experience as a criminal prosecutor. Dana has the experience having prosecuted hundreds of cases during her carrier and will bring her experience to the Superior Court. Dana is prepared and qualified to serve as our next Judge for Department One.

Tim Healy brings 13 years of experience as Deputy District Attorney for the San Joaquin County District Attorney Office, where he has prosecuted crimes from homicide to child abuse. Tim understands the importance of applying the laws with fairness and neutrality when hearing cases. Tim is prepared and qualified to serve as our next Judge for Department two.


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Dana Pfiel
Posted on: 2014-04-11 09:52:35   By: Anonymous
 
Check her out. Best candidate for Judge in Dept. 1.. She has broad legal experience with expertise in criminal law, and she has the dedication, personality and ethical standards necessary to be fair and effective.

From: A 30 year observer of the courts and local attorneys.

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    Re: Dana Pfiel
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 10:09:56   By: Anonymous
     
    TOo bad she doesn't live in the county. I'm just saying...

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      Re: Dana Pfiel
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:07:14   By: Anonymous
       
      Prefer Ken Foley, lives HERE!


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        Re: Dana Pfiel
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 12:11:45   By: Anonymous
         
        A lot of people live here, some good, some bad.

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      Re: Dana Pfiel
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 12:05:12   By: Anonymous
       
      Judge John Martin did not live in the County. Residence does not make a good judge. Actually it could contribute to pressure and prejudice.

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        Re: Dana Pfiel
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 14:05:58   By: Anonymous
         
        John Martin lived in the county when he first took the bench. It was later that he moved out of the county. Who is she endorsed by other than the GOP? Barrett is endorsed by not only the local judges, but judges from outside the county as well as local residences. At least he lives here and has been invested here.


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"Check her out"? YEP!
Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:07:27   By: Anonymous
  Edited By: thepinetree
On: 2014-04-11 13:17:32


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    Re: "Check her out"? YEP!
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 12:06:11   By: Anonymous
     
    Yo MaMa?

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Ken Foley better
Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:07:58   By: Anonymous
 
He's invested here, family here, lives here.

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    Re: Ken Foley better
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:23:47   By: Anonymous
     
    When you need serious medical treatment do you ask where the doc lives and invests?

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Judicial candidates
Posted on: 2014-04-11 11:27:35   By: Anonymous
 
To my friends and neighbors: My name is E. Allen Test. I have practiced law in Calaveras County for over 30 years and have been a candidate for judicial office twice during that time. I was a former prosecutor in Sacramento County before moving here. I feel it is important for voters to understand that being a prosecutor does not necessarily qualify one to become a judge.

It is, in my view, equally important for a judge to have had experience in the practice of civil law. The procedural aspects of civil litigation are technical and require a broad knowledge of rules of court and legal precedent which are not a part of the routine duties of a prosecutor.

I think it is improper for a political party to endorse judicial candidates. Judges should NOT be politicians and should not seek endorsement from political parties.

We will have a real dogfight on our hands this year with so many attorneys tossing their hats into the ring for the 2 judicial offices. I would encourage voters to attend candidate debates and look for someone who demonstrates judicial demeanor, courtesy, broad knowledge, local experience including community service, and deep ties to the community.

I suggest that voters not be swayed by the number of signs they see along the highways, as this is simply a function of how much money the candidate is willing to spend.

In my experience, 2 candidates stand out above crowd. Those attorneys who have earned my support are JOHN TRIFILO and GRANT BARRETT.

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    Re: DO NOT VOTE FOR PHEIL!!!
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 12:16:30   By: Anonymous
     
    Ms. PHEIL by her own admission has no experience in civil law. Big reason Gov did not choose her to be judge of Dept 2. Except for assistant DA she has zero skills to run Department 1.
    And, Judges are not suppose to get political party endorsements while running.

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      Re: DO NOT VOTE FOR PHEIL!!!
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:13:53   By: Anonymous
       
      Wrong. She has civil experience, but most recently she has criminal law experience.

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      Re: DO NOT VOTE FOR PHEIL!!!
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:18:47   By: Anonymous
       
      Wrong twice- the name is spelled Pfiel.

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        Re: DO NOT VOTE FOR PHEIL!!!
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 15:06:45   By: Anonymous
         
        She doesn't live in the county

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          Re: DO NOT VOTE FOR PHEIL!!!
          Posted on: 2014-04-11 16:51:18   By: Anonymous
           
          So what. Maybe she would move to the County. If not, so what again! Judge Martin lived in another county- was that a problem?

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    Re: Judicial candidates
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:22:17   By: Anonymous
     
    The posts here cause me to wonder why Barrett was not appointed by the governor- he looked to be a shoo-in being a Democrat and working in the courts. I can only suspect it is because he has little or no criminal law experience or he had substantial negative reviews from other attorneys.

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    Re: Judicial candidates
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 13:25:14   By: Anonymous
     
    Good advice. Thanks for posting.

    I also view political party endorsement as a negative.

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      BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 14:21:10   By: Anonymous
       
      Perhaps the worst person for the job of Dept 1 judge would be Barrett. He graduated from law school and went to work for Superior Court as a clerk. He has NO EXPERINCE practicing law. And, he just isn't a nice person.

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        Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 14:38:03   By: Anonymous
         
        According to his website, he is the court commissioner and sits on the bench the same as a judge, was a judge pro-tem, and the research attorney for the judges...where does it say anything about being a clerk?

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          Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
          Posted on: 2014-04-11 16:48:18   By: Anonymous
           
          "According to his website".....?

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        Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 17:17:19   By: Anonymous
         
        yep!

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        Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
        Posted on: 2014-04-12 13:02:36   By: Anonymous
         
        The worst person for the job would be Foley. Spending decades representing dirtbags does not qualify you to be a judge. Arguing, as I have heard him in the courtroom hallway, that it was only a little bit of meth, and not a big deal, is the basis for my opinion.

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          Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
          Posted on: 2014-04-12 16:18:49   By: Anonymous
           
          Yes indeed.

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            Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
            Posted on: 2014-04-12 22:06:16   By: Anonymous
             
            Foley as a judge + Kuntz as the Sheriff = A judicial system in Calaveras County void of ethics and accountability, deeply rooted in "good 'ole boy" politics.

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          Re: BARRETT - NO!!!!!!
          Posted on: 2014-04-19 23:00:56   By: Anonymous
           
          Mr. Foley's signs are more interesting, amusing if you will, than anyone else running for any office.

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      Re: Judicial candidates
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 17:15:47   By: Anonymous
       
      About 95% of judges are appointed by the Governor. And the majority of those are the same party as the Governor. And there is no reason to believe that any candidate asked for this endorsement.

      It is likely the local Repub Party did this for any number of reasons, and we should not hold that against any candidate.

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        Re: Judicial candidates
        Posted on: 2014-04-12 13:55:15   By: Anonymous
         
        I wouldn't be so quick to conclude these endorsements weren't sought. Do you think the Republican Party just endorsed them without talking to them? Do you think the Republican Party talked to all the candidates and then made their selection on some basis other than party affiliation. Sought or not, the endorsement injects partisan politics into a race that should not be partisan. Accepting the endorsement (and not rejecting it) shows me a partisan leaning I find disqualifying. I don't know any of the candidates and still have homework to do, but these two candidates are now off my list of possibilities.

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          Re: Judicial candidates
          Posted on: 2014-04-12 16:17:39   By: Anonymous
           
          The point is that a person should not take a candidate off the list merely because of a statement from a political party that they endorse that candidate. We don't know. John Martin was Republican, Orin Airola was Republican. The intelligent voter does not jump to conclusions but rather tries to make an informed opinion on the candidates experience and commitments.

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          Re: Judicial candidates
          Posted on: 2014-04-15 01:31:53   By: Anonymous
           
          CANDIDATES DON'T GET TO PICK WHO ENDORSES THEM MORON!

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    Re: Judicial candidates
    Posted on: 2014-04-11 17:05:49   By: Anonymous
     
    You say:
    I think it is improper for a political party to endorse judicial candidates. Judges should NOT be politicians and should not seek endorsement from political parties.

    I doubt that you have any evidence that either one did "seek endorsement from a political party". Without credible evidence, your statement is misleading and without merit.

    Furthermore, the fact that a political party endorses a candidate does not in any way imply that the candidate sought out that endorsement.


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      Re: Judicial candidates
      Posted on: 2014-04-11 19:39:57   By: Anonymous
       
      We are engaging in an open debate here. Evidence is not being presented or weighed. Perhaps we may agree that an endorsement by a political party of a candidate for judicial office is irrelevant, immaterial and of no real consequence, whether it was solicited by the candidate or not.

      The issue here is the qualifications of the candidate, not the opinion of a political party. Broad experience is not the only determining factor. Fairness and absence of bias is. Judicial temperament is crucial. Has the candidate much experience in conflict resolution?

      We don't need a judge with an agenda. One who has only been a prosecutor lacks a perspective that judicial office demands. We don't need a judge who has only experienced one dimension of the practice of law.

      Again, I repeat that it is the responsibility of the voter to form an educated opinion regarding the qualifications of each candidate. You may disagree with my endorsement, but at least it is based upon personal interaction with both candidates over a lengthy period of time, rather than some political affiliation.

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        Re: Judicial candidates
        Posted on: 2014-04-11 21:36:03   By: Anonymous
         
        Certainly,endorse who you want , and it being open comment, I say it is unfair for you to make accusation, express or implied, against a candidate based on your apparently baseless assumption..

        Opinion is one thing, accusation is another.



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          Re: Judicial candidates
          Posted on: 2014-04-11 22:16:35   By: Anonymous
           
          Thank you for making that important distinction. All of my prior comments should have been prefaced by the acronym "IMHO". BTW my thoughts are general statements, not directed at either specific candidate receiving the endorsement which is the subject of this thread.

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            Re: Judicial candidates
            Posted on: 2014-04-12 16:20:32   By: Anonymous
             
            Thank you for your gentlemanly response.

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    Re: Judicial candidates
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 21:41:32   By: Anonymous
     
    I appreciate your intelligent suggestions. It looks to me like Barrett is the best candidate for Dept One. Calaveras County has only two Judges. Judge Swift is brand new. It makes sense to keep an experienced person on the bench in Calaveras County. Barrett has twelve years of judicial experience in this county that will be very helpful to the residents and legal community in Calaveras. The idea of two brand new inexperienced judges is frightening. When I hire someone to do a job I look at their experience and how they handled the same or similar jobs. Barrett has done the job well and fairly.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-11 23:45:20   By: Anonymous
 
Actually, according to state law, current seated judges cannot take money nor get endorsements from people or groups.

Makes you wonder why all the current candidates seem to be money hungry now? I guess all these candidates are "getting good while the getting a good" before they win and are sworn in. Poor Hugh Swift, recently appointed judge, is following this ethical law and has to "go it alone".

My vote is for Swift and the candidate with the least donations or endorsers who can buy him off.

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    Re:
    Posted on: 2014-04-12 15:56:25   By: Anonymous
     
    My vote is for Judge Hugh Swift, he is by far the best candidate for Department 2.

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      Re:
      Posted on: 2014-04-15 01:34:34   By: Anonymous
       
      HAHAHAHA
      Laughable!

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2014-09-28 19:01:58   By: Anonymous
         
        i say hahaha too he should read evidence before he tries a case and says text message that have no threats in them are domestic violence


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Not appointed
Posted on: 2014-04-12 09:06:39   By: Anonymous
 
Barrett is a Democrat, works in the court for years, has endorsements from judges, lives in the county, and it looked like he had the appointment. But the Democratic governor appointed someone else. Why?

Several possible reasons come to mind- something in his background, other attorneys gave him bad reviews or most likely he was not the best qualified.

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    Re: Not appointed
    Posted on: 2014-04-12 10:57:51   By: Anonymous
     
    Please have the courtesy to run on your candate's honor that's the first clue for electing a judge. Is he honorable? Did he or she run an honorable campaign?



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      Re: Not appointed
      Posted on: 2014-04-12 16:21:42   By: Anonymous
       
      Done that.

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        Re: Not appointed
        Posted on: 2014-04-12 16:23:03   By: Anonymous
         
        And considered experience, knowledge, and understanding of the law.

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    Re: Not appointed
    Posted on: 2014-04-18 21:31:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Barrett is very well qualified. He is far too conservative, even though a Democrat, to have earned Brown's favor.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2014-04-12 14:10:50   By: Anonymous
 
I now know who not to vote for. Thanks for the information.


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    Re: BARRETT HAS NEVER PRACTICED LAW
    Posted on: 2014-04-12 14:41:46   By: Anonymous
     
    BARRETT is a puppet of Judge Martin. He was appointed as Commissioner in Calaveras County after only five years with the State Bar. The requirement is 10 years in the State Bar before being appointed by the presiding judge to be commissioner.
    VOTERS SHOULD BE ASKING WHY HE ONLY HAD FIVE YEARS IN THE STATE BAR BEFORE HE WAS APPOINTED COMMSSIONER.
    Look him up in the State Bar! Do the math!
    WHY IS MARTIN RETIRING? WHY IS HE ENDORSING BARRETT. WHAT FAVORS DOES BARRETT OWE MARTIN? APPARENTLY MANY!

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      Re: BARRETT HAS NEVER PRACTICED LAW
      Posted on: 2014-04-12 15:53:23   By: Anonymous
       
      That last comment is disgusting and you should be ashamed of yourself for posting it.

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      Re: BARRETT HAS NEVER PRACTICED LAW
      Posted on: 2014-04-14 21:14:17   By: Anonymous
       
      I heard .......... Martin received a payoff offer from the Fowler attorney (which he did NOT take, it sickened with how our system has fallen apart and wants out before harm comes to him or his reputation.

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