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SPECIAL MASTER TO VIEW ‘PITCHESS’ CASES A special master is expected to start digging for Pitchess discovery violations among an estimated 3,500 cases in San Francisco by the end of July. Public Defender Jeff Adachi said one of three candidates for special master will likely be chosen by Monday. Defense lawyers routinely file Pitchess motions to obtain police files that might help impeach a cop testifying against their client. The motions can also be used in civil cases. If the motion is granted, police turn over files on the officer to a judge, who determines what information to release to an attorney. The police department has acknowledged in recent months that certain personnel files, known as Performance Improvement Program, or PIP, files, were for years not included in the materials given to judges in response to Pitchess motions. San Francisco solo Julie Traun said it now looks like field training and probation files weren’t provided either and may warrant review. Adachi estimates about 3,500 Pitchess motions were filed in criminal cases between 1997 until January of this year, the period in question. City and superior court officials Wednesday hammered out a protocol to determine which of those will be reviewed, Adachi said. The first step will be whittling the list of cases down to those where Pitchess materials may have made a difference, Adachi said. Then the special master will review the remaining cases and identify documents that should have been provided to the defense, Adachi said. The public defender said he hopes the special master will also recommend which files should be routinely provided to judges in the future. Mayor Willie Brown has indicated he’ll find the funds to pay for the review, said Adachi, who guessed it will probably take a special master and paralegal at least six months to conduct it. “We’re hoping that we can bring it in for under $100,000.” – Pam Smith TWO MORE ADDED TO WATCHDOG GROUP Oakland City Attorney John Russo has added a former appellate justice and an ex-Sacramento County judge to the list of officials who will probe an April 7 incident where police fired projectiles at protesters. The City Council directed Russo and the city manager to assemble the panel in the wake of a police clash with anti-war demonstrators at the Port of Oakland. Police say they fired rubber bullets, dowels and other projectiles at protesters because they refused to disperse and threw things at officers. Demonstrators say that they did not provoke police and that the cops overreacted. So far, a coalition of attorneys has formed to represent roughly 40 people who say that they were injured. Many of those alleged victims, including longshoremen who say they were hurt while reporting to work that day, have filed claims with the city. One of the new potential panelists is Alice Lytle, the first black woman judge on the Sacramento County Superior Court. Lytle, who retired in Dec. 2002, served as Gov. Jerry Brown’s deputy legal affairs secretary in the late 1970s. In 1983, Brown appointed her to the Sacramento bench. Retired First District Court of Appeal Justice Jerome Smith, who spent 17 years on the state’s appellate bench, is also on Russo’s list. Earlier, Russo submitted the names of LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, the first black person to serve on the Santa Clara County Superior Court; Dale Minami, a San Francisco lawyer who worked on the renown Japanese interment case, Korematsu v. United States; and Assistant Washington, D.C., Police Chief Brian Jordan. – Jahna Berry SAVAGE BACK AT FIRM AFTER 3 YEARS AWAY Cooley Godward has lured former partner Diane Savage back to the firm after a three-year retirement. She joins the firm’s Palo Alto office as of counsel next week. Savage, who founded Cooley’s information technology practice, left the firm in 2000 at the height of the technology boom. At the time she cited the relentless pace of work, client demands and continual loss of associates as factors behind her departure. Savage will continue to serve as a lecturer at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a post she’s held since leaving Cooley. “We’ve kept our fingers crossed for a long time,” said Cooley Chairman Stephen Neal. During her previous tenure at Cooley, Savage focused on emerging growth companies, particularly the formation and financing of businesses and the structuring of licensing, commercial and strategic arrangements. Prior to joining Cooley in 1994, Savage was a partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich where she co-chaired the firm’s products, technology and multimedia group. She also had a two-year stint as general counsel at Adobe Systems Inc. – Brenda Sandburg

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