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Gov. Gray Davis continued his recent rush of judicial appointments Monday, putting three people on the bench — including one in San Francisco — just a day before voters decide his fate. San Francisco’s new judge, Donald James Sullivan, most recently worked with the Brandi Law Firm. Led by Thomas Brandi, the firm is known for its defective products litigation and suits against government agencies. Brandi is past president of the influential Consumer Attorneys of California, which says it has raised $1 million to fight the governor’s recall. The firm itself is listed as a major donor by the secretary of state, which means it gave at least $10,000 in the last election cycle. Attorneys at the firm have given $8,000 to Davis’ anti-recall committee and $7,500 to the group urging a yes vote for Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante. Sullivan, 56, attended Santa Clara University School of Law and began his career at the California Department of Transportation before moving to Herron & Herron. Davis also named Linda Lofthus to the San Joaquin bench and Thomas DeSantos to the Kings County bench. Lofthus, 50, did family law at her own practice, which she opened in 1990. Before that, she worked with Rishwain, Hakeem, Ellis, LaBeouf & Ganzer in Stockton. She attended New College of California School of Law. DeSantos, 47, works in general practice and has served as a judge pro tem. He attended the University of Southern California Law School. With the recall looming, Davis has stepped up the pace of his judicial appointments in the last several weeks. Last week he filled the last remaining appellate court vacancy, but there are still about 20 superior court seats. If Davis is recalled, he may still have time to fill those, as it could take up to 39 days to certify the election results.

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