Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Elect Joe Hoffman for judge

October 30, 2012 | 2 Comments


One and one-half days a week, Warren Stracener presides over traffic court, a job formerly done by a commissioner. The remaining three days of his court week, he hears juvenile cases which are closed to the public. The only people, therefore, in a position to evaluate his performance are his staff, the litigants, and the lawyers who appear before him. There’s a reason that the overwhelming majority of attorneys who have been in his court oppose his candidacy. He’s not a very good judge. In the 22 months since his appointment, he has yet to master the limited area of law he is assigned or acquire the skills necessary to manage his calendar.

We believe that Joseph Hoffman has the background, integrity and temperament to be an excellent judge. He’s a trial lawyer with a broad range of legal experience who has consistently volunteered his time to serve his community. Please join us in electing Joe Hoffman for Superior Court Judge on Nov. 6.

Deputy District Attorney Joe Alexander, Deputy District Attorney Dale Gomes, Deputy District Attorney Worth Dikeman Jr., Deputy District Attorney Cristy Lorente, Deputy District Attorney Anthony Garilli, Deputy District Attorney Jamie Verwayen

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Discussion | 2 comments

  • JimOctober 29, 2012 - 7:54 pm

    This sums it up nicely. The attorneys that appear in Stracener's court think he does a poor job. Who else could be in a better position?

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  • N HermanOctober 30, 2012 - 9:11 pm

    As a court-appointed special advocate charged with representing abused and at-risk children in El Dorado County, and as one who has been in Judge Warren C. Stracener's courtroom many times, I wholeheartedly disagree with your endorsement of Hoffman. Voters can't determine how he operates in his closed courtroom. Well, I can tell them: I, and the other court-appointed special advocates I've talked to, have found Judge Stracener to be questioning, knowledgeable, compassionate, thoughtful and thorough in his deliberations. The bewildering campaign mounted against him in this county is so far from any truth that I can only agree with The Bee that it may have more to do with political cronyism and personal ambition than with the welfare of endangered children of El Dorado County.

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