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PI Bill Gailey to Chair California State Bar Task Force

The State Bar announced that a State Bar Task Force will conduct a thorough investigation of the recent illegal leak of a Judicial Nominee Evaluation Commission (JNE) rating of a judicial candidate.

The JNE Investigation Task Force will be Chaired by William Gailey, a member of the Board of Governors who is a former homicide detective with the Los Angeles police department and now heads Gailey Associates, Inc., a private investigation firm. The members of the JNE Task Force will include Bonnie Dumanis, District Attorney of San Diego County who is concluding her third year on the Board of Governors; Richard Frankel, also concluding his third year on the Board of Governors; and Joseph Chairez, a member of the Board of Governors and a former president of the Orange County Bar Association.

The JNE Investigation Task Force will focus its investigation on how a “not qualified” rating of former state Sen. Charles S. “Chuck” Poochigian was leaked to the public while it was still confidential before the JNE Commission and before the nomination of Senator Poochigian was announced. Governor Schwarzenegger later nominated Poochigian to the 5th District Court of Appeal in Fresno on Aug. 20. The Commission on Judicial Appointments, which acts on appellate court nominees, will consider the appointment Sept. 24, 2009.