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JUDGE TRIES END RUN AROUND RAIDERS VERBAL OFFENSE Never blame Justice Conrad Rushing for not reading his Strunk and White � or understanding sports analogies. In a quirky concurring opinion in Oakland Raiders v. NFL, 05 C.D.O.S. 6655, the Raiders’ unsuccessful nine-year breach-of-contract suit, the Sixth District Court of Appeal presiding justice executed a strongly worded downfield block for verbal harmony over proper subject-verb agreement. Sure, saying stuff like “Raiders asserts” and “Raiders was discriminated against” is technically correct. The Raiders team is a singular entity, not a plural one. But it sounds goofy. Or in Rushing’s words, “personally foul and deserves dissent, if not a 15-yard penalty and loss of down.” “I believe,” Rushing added, “we could have reached our goal of meaning and avoided the fumbling dissonance with a judicial substitution: pulling ‘the Raiders’ and going with a second-stringer like ‘the plaintiff.’” � Warren Lutz AND IT’S ONLY AUGUST In a sign of just how nasty next year’s Santa Clara County district attorney’s race is turning out to be, another candidate hit-piece surfaced on the Internet last week, this time taking aim at Karyn Sinunu. Called “Sinunu Watch,” the Web site � www.sinunuforda.com � picks apart controversial cases the county’s chief assistant DA has been involved with over the last few years. It questions her judgment and then proclaims in bold letters: “Sinunu for DA? No Way!” Sinunu, who has the endorsement of retiring DA George Kennedy, has pooh-poohed the latest attack against her campaign. “It’s laughable,” she said Monday. “It’s helped me get more supporters.” The Web site is the second such attack to hit a DA candidate in less than a month. Two weeks ago, a site created by Deputy DA James Sibley was launched against Ron Del Pozzo, warning voters not to “waste” their vote on a “Bozzo.” A hit-piece on Deputy DA Marc Buller, the race’s third candidate, has yet to surface. The author of the Sinunu site remains anonymous. He or she registered the site through a service that shields the registrant’s identity. Sinunu says she thinks she knows who’s behind the attack, but won’t divulge her suspicions. Sinunu said her record as a prosecutor “is what it is.” What is written on the Web site, Sinunu added, is “twisted,” but accurate. “It is who I am,” she said. The site is a lot tamer than the one that hit Del Pozzo just one day after the superior court judge announced he was taking a leave of absence from the bench to run for DA. Del Pozzo has some advice for Sinunu: “Don’t respond.” � Julie O’Shea HOT LAWYERIN’ IN THE SUMMERTIME Even in the normally staid realm of state politics, things loosen up a bit in late July. Triple-digit heat, coupled with summer break for state legislators until Aug. 15, means shorter lines at Tootsie’s, the snack-bar/convenience store/yogurt parlor where the hot and the hungry gather for low-fat power conferences. Freed from their traditionally conservative business attire, lobbyists and staffers sport Hawaiian shirts, sundresses and, yes, even shorts displaying white legs and knobby knees. For high-rolling Democrats, high summer means a chance to play high-priced golf. The California Democratic Party’s President Pro Tem Cup 2005 was held Thursday and Friday at the Four Seasons Hotel and La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad. This year’s event set participants back $40,000 for a Platinum sponsorship (four people including shuttle service from airport to hotel, overnight accommodations at the Four Seasons, VIP golf/spa basket, unlimited spa treatments, plus sponsorship dinner at the Four Seasons, Cigar & Port reception after dinner; VIP shuttle to La Costa Resort, breakfast reception or room service, foursome golf or spa services and unlimited spa treatments. More frugal Dems had the option of jeering Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at two fundraisers the governor held Thursday to celebrate his July 30 birthday and raise money for some of his favorite ballot initiatives. Nurses, firefighters and other union members gathered at a Chico brewery and a Yuba City restaurant to do the governor the honors. As for intrepid traveler Chief Justice Ronald George, he spent his two-week summer vacation in Iceland and Greenland, where, he joked to members of the Judicial Council at their July meeting, he spent the time “hiking and roving around � not unifying courts.” � Jill Duman

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