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DEPUTY AG NAMED INSPECTOR GENERAL SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday picked a deputy attorney general to be his new inspector general, again raiding the staff of Bill Lockyer. Schwarzenegger announced the appointment of Matthew Cate, 37, who headed the AG’s public integrity section. As inspector general, Cate — who previously headed investigations into former Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush and a no-bid contract awarded to Oracle Corp. — will head the office that oversees state corrections agencies. Earlier, Schwarzenegger had proposed getting rid of the inspector general position because of the state budget crisis. But the governor reversed himself after legislative hearings probed alleged wrongdoing by guards and cover-ups within the troubled correctional system. “I am confident that Matt’s experience as a prosecutor and his integrity will be a tremendous asset to this important agency at this critical time,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement. Quackenbush stepped down in 2000 after being accused of personally benefiting from settlements with insurers. The AG concluded the Oracle investigation last week, when it charged a Davis appointee with altering public records. Cate is the fourth lawyer to go from Lockyer to Schwarzenegger. Three people moved to the governor’s legal affairs team, including Secretary Peter Siggins. Prior to working in the AG’s office, Cate was a Sacramento County deputy district attorney. Before that, he was an associate at Downey, Brand, Seymour & Rohwer. He is a Republican and lives in Elk Grove. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law. Cate will earn $123,255 and must be confirmed by the Senate. — Jeff Chorney FLORIDA BAR CONSIDERS TAPING INTERVIEWS MIAMI — In response to allegations that Broward, Fla., judicial candidates were asked inappropriate and potentially illegal questions, a member of the Florida Bar board of governors plans to propose that the Bar tape every JNC interview throughout the state. Board member Jennifer Coberly, a Miami attorney, said she was disturbed by recent reports about the conduct of the state’s 17th Judicial Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission in Fort Lauderdale. As a result, she plans to introduce a motion at the next board meeting to have the Bar send a representative to all JNC interviews and tape-record the interviews. That meeting runs from March 31 to April 3 in Pensacola, Fla. Meanwhile, Gov. Jeb Bush, who appointed the Broward JNC members, has sent a letter to every member of a judicial nominating commission in the state in apparent response to the Broward controversy. But his Jan. 23 letter provides no guidance for avoiding inappropriate questions, offering only his general criteria for choosing judges. “There has been a great deal of public discussion recently about Florida’s judicial nominating process � and the scope of questions used to determine whether applicants meet those standards,” Bush wrote in the letter. The governor said he’s looking for judges who “reflect the vibrant diversity of Florida” and have no desire to “subvert the judicial process to advance their own agenda.” Some Bar leaders have said that since the Legislature in 2001 gave the governor the power to appoint all JNC members, the Bar has no power to investigate or take remedial action when JNC members are accused of misconduct. At last month’s meeting of the 52-member board, several members expressed concern about the issue but the board took no action. — Miami Daily Business Review

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