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Outgoing Gov. Gray Davis has appointed three members of his administration to be Sacramento County Superior Court judges. Donning robes are Department of Fish and Game Director Robert Hight, Inspector General Stephen White and Chief Deputy Legal Affairs Allen Sumner. Hight, 58, has spent his life in government service and has sat on a variety of commissions and task forces. Before taking over at Fish and Game, he was chief counsel and executive officer at the California State Lands Commission. He attended McGeorge School of Law at University of the Pacific. White, 54, was executive director of the California District Attorneys Association from 1979 to 1983, when he went over to the attorney general’s office. He served as Sacramento County district attorney until current DA Jan Scully ousted him in the 1994 election. He attended UC-Davis’ King Hall School of Law. Sumner, 52, served as deputy legal affairs under Gov. Jerry Brown and also worked for the AG’s office. He attended Santa Clara University School of Law. The appointments leave no vacancies in Sacramento County. It’s very common for governors to pick administration members for judicial spots in Sacramento; Davis has already sent several people to that bench in his five years as governor. The superior and appeal court benches in Sacramento are considered prime real estate for judicial appointments because so many government cases end up there. A Davis spokesman said he expected the governor would make about four more judicial appointments before leaving office. Two of those will be judicial appointments secretary Burt Pines, who is going to Los Angeles County, and Legal Affairs Secretary Barry Goode, who is going to Contra Costa County, sources said.

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