California Bar Journal
CBJ - October 2009 #06.
JNE leak investigated
California Bar JournalOctober 2009JNE leak investigatedState Bar President Howard Miller appointed a four-member committee last month to investigate charges that a confidential Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) rating of a judicial candidate was illegally leaked to a news outlet.
The committee will focus on the charge that a confidential rating of former state Sen. Charles S. "Chuck" Poochigian was leaked to the public before his nomination to the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno was announced by Gov. Schwarzenegger. The Commission on Judicial Appointments was to consider the appointment Sept. 24.
All JNE proceedings are strictly confidential and the ratings are not to be made public under any circumstances by JNE before any announcement by the governor.
If the task force determines that a JNE member breached confidentiality, it will report to the JNE commission and the bar president with a recommendation whether the JNE member should be removed from...