Friday, May 27, 2016

Which is the true adage? Any pulbicity is good gublicity? Or Too much negative publicity sinks the campaign?

Now that several judge candidates have been "outed" so to speak for improprieties or perceived improprieties on the campaign trail, will all this exposure in the press help or hurt their campaigns? What about the ones who so far have stayed above the fray? Should they wallow in the mud with the rest, or hold their heads up high? 
Only time will tell. But all campaigns are ramping up. More mailers, TV ads, Facebook rants - who knows what to expect?

Is the legal business a lofty profession or just a bunch of sleazeballs looking for the next ambulance to chase? A little of both. As a lawyer myself, I like to think the best of my colleagues. Personally, I'm looking for ethics, consistency, compassion and a strong grounding in the law from my judges. That and a showing of respect for all who enter the courtroom, from litigants, to the other lawyers, to victims of crimes and those accused of crimes, to the jurors who give up their time, and often money from their jobs to serve.

If they can't keep their campaigns out of the muck and mire, what will their courtrooms be like?

Think on it.

A happy Memorial Day to all. Here's a little something to throw on the barbie while you wade through all those flyers you've saved from your mailbox over the last few weeks. You have saved them all, for a deliberative decision making process, haven't you?

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
Prosciutto wrapped asparagus seems to be my new latest addiction. It is... mmm..... mmmm good.  I know, I know, another post on asparagus huh?  I have grilled these three times in the last couple of  weeks, so had to write about it.  They are just so simple to make and very tasty!  Trim, wash, wrap, brush with olive oil, season, and throw them on the grill.  It's a slam dunk! Grilled Prosciutto wrapped asparagus is a great appetizer but I like them as a side dish as well.  I recently paired them with grilled Cornish Games Hens.  As I mentioned in a previous post, we do love asparagus in our home and it is asparagus season here in northern California.  The earthiness of the Asparagus is enhanced by grilling.  Add the thinly sliced Prosciutto and you are really onto something.  Asparagus has always been one of my favorite grilled veggies and this recipe moves it up the list for sure.
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
The sweet,  savory, salty taste of the grilled Prosciutto along with the smoky, rich earthy flavor of the grilled asparagus sits well on the palate.  It is a wonderful little finger food to go along with a nice glass of wine.  Prosecco or Cava is a good pairing for this as an appetizer.  Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay also pair very well.  The thicker fat asparagus work well wrapped individually while the smaller ones are better nicely wrapped in bundles of  three or four.
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
I like my asparagus with a little firmness left in them.  If they get a little too done, they can be mushy and lose some of that great flavor.  The great thing about Prosciutto is that because it is so thinly sliced, it will crisp up easily and you won't have to worry about overcooking the asparagus to do so. If you like asparagus, give this recipe a try as an appetizer or side dish.  It will be something you will make again and again! Until next time, Happy Grilling!
Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus
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Serves: 4
  • 16 - large Asparagus spears (3/4 - 1") with tough ends trimmed off.
  • 16 - slices of Prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons - olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. - Trim off the tough ends of asparagus spears, wash thoroughly, and pat dry with paper towel.
  2. - Wrap each asparagus spear with a thin slice of prosciutto.
  3. - Brush the wrapped spears with olive oil
  4. - Lightly season with salt and pepper to taste
  5. - Place spears over medium heat (300°-350°F) on charcoal or gas grill. Cook until prosciutto is crisp and asparagus is tender but not limp.
If you are using the smaller pencil sized asparagus, wrap the spears in bundles of 3 or 4.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Sign Wars dragging on; Trenches now dug deeper

The Marin County Sign Wars are escalating, with tit for tat from supporters of the judicial candidate calling herself Judge Nancy. Now she has gone and put a thicker line between the words Judge and Nancy as if that means anything or can shield her from the law.

Slightly grimy view of offending sign through windshield
Her supporters point out more minor infractions of others, many of whom have rectified their problem and apologized for any misleading impressions they might have caused. Not so Judge Nancy. She is in full on trench warfare,

This can't end well. See the Marin IJ's latest of the subject. Front page, above the fold.

Full article for your entertainment here:

Marin judicial race sees more mud fly over alleged misrepresentations

Marin judicial candidates Nancy McCarthy, Renee Marcelle and David Shane have been accused of suggesting incumbency in their campaign materials. Sheila Lichtblau’s website, lower right, pictures her with retired judge Lynn Duryee, who is wearing a judicial robe. (Clockwise from top left: Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal;;;
Marin judicial candidates Nancy McCarthy, Renee Marcelle and David Shane have been accused of suggesting incumbency in their campaign materials. Sheila Lichtblau’s website, lower right, pictures her with retired judge Lynn Duryee, who is wearing a judicial robe. (Clockwise from top left: Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal;;;
A supporter for a Marin judicial candidate accused of misleading voters has lodged similar complaints against four other candidates.

Nancy McCarthy, one of nine candidates in the June 7 election for a Marin judgeship, has come under criticism for campaign materials that could suggest she is a sitting judge. The materials place the words “Judge” and “Nancy” close together in extra large type.

The materials prompted a complaint to the Marin County District Attorney’s Office. The complaint came from a supporter for rival candidate Renee Marcelle.

The district attorney referred the matter to the state Attorney General’s Office for review because three county prosecutors are running in the primary.

Under state elections law, it is a misdemeanor when a candidate, in an effort to “mislead” voters, “assumes, pretends, or implies, by his or her statements, conduct, or campaign materials, that he or she is the incumbent of a public office when that is not the case.” Violators can be subject to civil action by other candidates.

McCarthy, a labor and employment lawyer, has denied any intention to mislead voters. On Thursday, Linda Remy, a McCarthy supporter, sent a letter to state and county prosecutors seeking an evaluation of possible “misrepresentations” by four other candidates.

The other candidates are Marcelle; Otis Bruce, a county prosecutor; Sheila Lichtblau, a deputy county counsel; and David Shane, a personal injury lawyer.

“All candidates should be treated alike,” Remy wrote.

Remy cited examples of campaign materials where Bruce, Marcelle and Shane placed judge-related phrases close enough to the candidates’ names to suggest incumbency.

For example, Marcelle’s website had her name over the words “Marin Superior Court Judge,” although the campaign has since added the word “for.”

Bruce declined to comment, and Shane did not respond to a request for comment, but both have amended their websites.

Marcelle said she did not create the website, but she added the word “for” after learning of the oversight.

“Regardless, no one would responsibly argue that there was at all, any intent to deceive,” she said. “Certainly if one did get misled in the slightest, I apologize and take full responsibility.”

In the case of Lichtblau, Remy cited campaign materials that picture her with two retired judges who are supporting her. The retired judges, who now work as mediators, are wearing judicial robes.
Remy calls that a misrepresentation. Lichtblau says her campaign materials “clearly identify” both former judges as retired.

“There is no misrepresentation,” Lichtblau said. “I remain humbled by and proud of the judicial support I’ve earned.”

District Attorney Ed Berberian did not respond to an inquiry on whether he has referred Remy’s complaint to the Attorney General’s Office.

Brenda Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, did not respond to an inquiry on whether the complaint is under review.

The candidates are running to succeed Judge Faye D’Opal, who is leaving when her terms ends on Dec. 31. Unless a candidate wins an outright majority on June 7, the top two vote-getters will compete in the general election on Nov. 8.

The other four candidates in the race are Michael Coffino, a public defender; Beth Jordan, a family law specialist; Thomas McCallister, a county prosecutor; and Nicole Pantaleo, a county prosecutor.