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LONGTIME PJ KREMER PASSES INTO HISTORY AT FOURTH DISTRICT Justice Daniel Kremer is retiring from the bench, and just in time to be enshrined on his court’s brand-new Web page devoted to past justices. Kremer, for the past 18 years the presiding justice of Division One of the Fourth District Court of Appeal in San Diego, plans to step down Thursday, closing out a 40-year legal career. The 65-year-old Del Mar resident said 40 seemed like a “good round number” and called his decision “a combination of age and duration.” He said he would devote his time to traveling and family, especially his “delightful” 5-month-old twin granddaughters. Kremer said he would miss interacting with other judges and lawyers “about the great and small dramas that come before us all the time.” He plans to watch now as a “consumer.” Retirement will make the 1963 Stanford Law School graduate the first addition to a just-announced Web page that the Fourth District has put in place to honor past justices. The page currently provides photographs and biographies of Division One’s 20 past justices, beginning with the first presiding justice, William Sloane, who sat at the court from Sept. 9, 1929, until April 21, 1930. Kremer said the project — pulled together by the court’s clerk/administrator, librarian and a staff attorney — took months to complete. Its debut this month was fortuitous, Kremer said, “especially for one who’s about to pass into history himself.” Kremer plans to appoint Richard Huffman as the acting presiding justice until Gov. Gray Davis makes a permanent choice. – Mike McKee LOCKYER’S OFFICE ALL OVER THE MAP ON RECALL Attorney General Bill Lockyer found himself in an unusual position during the spate of litigation over the recall of Gov. Gray Davis, and it had nothing to do with deciding whether or not he’s going to run to replace the governor himself. Two opposing factions — the Republican-led Recall Gray Davis Committee and the Democratic Taxpayers Against the Governor’s Recall — each filed court petitions to either speed up or slow down the verification of signatures. Democrats had hoped to delay signature certification so the recall election would be held in the spring, when they expect the Democratic presidential primary to draw more Davis supporters to the polls. Republicans filed their action because they worried that Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, a Democrat, would delay on purpose. Because both actions named Shelley, Lockyer was obliged to step in and defend him. Both decisions went poorly for the governor. The Third District Court of Appeal ordered Shelley to speed up his signature count. The Second District denied recall foes’ attempt to get a restraining order to stop Shelley. Complicating matters further, the AG’s office is also giving legal advice to Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante as he tries to figure out whether to put candidates on the same ballot as the question about whether to recall Davis. “In the abstract it is weird, but in the legal world it’s not,” said Lockyer spokesman Nathan Barankin. “I come across it so frequently. That’s sort of the way things go when you work in the AG’s office.” – Jeff Chorney NEW ADDITION TO CHIP UNIT Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne Ramos is the newest addition to the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit in San Jose. Ramos, who was in the U.S. attorney’s civil division in San Francisco, moved to the San Jose office two weeks ago. The career prosecutor joined the U.S. attorney in San Diego in 1997 and then moved to San Francisco’s civil division. Ramos’ move comes after a series of departures from the high-profile team. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Frewing and Adam Braun have left the CHIP unit this year. Frewing joined Baker & McKenzie in Palo Alto and Braun took an assignment with Main Justice in Washington, D.C. “I have been interested in the computer crimes unit from the time I joined the Northern District,” Ramos said. “They are really doing a lot of cutting edge work.” — Shannon Lafferty

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