Governor appoints 3 new judges to county bench

September 1, 2009 10:44:22 PM PDT
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed three new judges to the Alameda County Superior Court bench today, including the son of the judge who presided over Scott Peterson's murder trial in 2004.

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Paul Delucchi, 40, of Castro Valley, who has served as an Alameda County deputy district attorney since 1996, is the son of former Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi, who died on Feb. 26, 2008, at the age of 76.

Paul Delucchi received his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

A Republican, Delucchi fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Kathleen Banke to the Court of Appeal.

Alfred Delucchi also served in the district attorney's office before he was appointed to be a judge.

The Peterson case originated in Stanislaus County but was moved to San Mateo County because of extensive pretrial publicity. The senior Delucchi was appointed by California Supreme Court Judge Ronald George to preside over the case on Jan. 27, 2004.

Kimberly Briggs, 50, of Alameda, another new judge appointed by Schwarzenegger today, also formerly served as an Alameda County deputy district attorney, from 1987 to 1994. She has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice since 1995.

Like Delucchi, Briggs earned her law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Briggs, a Democrat, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Harry R. Sheppard.

Paul Fogel, 59, of Berkeley, was also appointed today.

Fogel has served as a partner at Reed Smith since 2003. Prior to merging with Reed Smith, he was an associate with Crosby Heafey Roach & May from 1988 until 1990 and a partner from 1990 until 2003.

He also was an associate for Hinton and Alfert from 1987 to 1988 and was a staff attorney to the chief justice and criminal central for the California Supreme Court from 1982 to 1987.

In addition, Fogel served as an attorney for the San Francisco State Public Defender's Office from 1980 to 1982 and for the Los Angeles State Public Defender's Office from 1977 to 1979.

Fogel, a Democrat, earned his law degree from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

He fills the vacancy created by the conversion of a court commissioner position to a judge's position on July 1.

The salary for the judges is $178,789 a year.

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