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DUNN THROWS HIS HAT IN THE RING � FOR THE THIRD TIME Senate Judiciary Chair Joe Dunn, D-Garden Grove, has declared himself a candidate for the third time for statewide office. Dunn, who will be termed out of his Senate seat in 2006, announced last week that he intends to run for state controller, a job that includes tracking tax revenues and issuing state checks. Dunn had long planned to run for attorney general, but got out of that race in April, with insiders citing the formidable challenge of former Gov. Jerry Brown as a strong reason. Dunn then briefly considered a run for state treasurer, but bowed out when Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced that he would run for treasurer, instead of governor. Dunn, a tireless advocate for the judicial branch, has also investigated allegations of domestic spying by the California National Guard and served as chairman of the Select Committee to Investigate Price Manipulation of the Wholesale Energy Market, providing information to state and federal investigators to pursue criminal and civil indictments against energy traders. He is a nonequity partner in the plaintiff firm Robinson, Calcagnie & Robinson in Newport Beach. Dunn currently has about $800,000 in his coffers. His opponents on the Democratic side are familiar to him. They are Assemblyman Dario Frommer of Glendale and Board of Equalization member John Chiang, both of whom were also running on the Democratic side of the treasurer’s race before they jumped into the controller’s race. � Jill Duman APPELLATE LAWYER ENTERS RIGHT-TO-DIE BATTLE Oakland appellate specialist Jon Eisenberg stepped into the nationally divisive Terri Schiavo right-to-die battle late last year, representing a host of bioethicists who filed an amicus curiae brief with the Florida Supreme Court. A few months later, he officially joined the legal team for Schiavo’s husband, Michael, working pro bono in helping stave off a Republican juggernaut � which included President Bush and his brother, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush � intent on keeping Schiavo attached to the feeding tube that sustained her for more than a decade. Eisenberg found the experience � which included watching Congress pass a bill intended to flout the rulings of the state courts, which had sided with Michael Schiavo � draining and infuriating. And it didn’t end when Terri Schiavo’s life ended March 31, 13 days after her feeding tube was removed. “After Terri Schiavo died and I spent a few weeks catching up and had a little bit of time to reflect about what had happened, I just felt so much outrage. I just felt compelled to write about it,” Eisenberg, 52, of counsel with Encino-based Horvitz & Levy, said last week. “I felt there was an untold story,” he added, “[about] the extent of the religious right’s influence and control in that case.” On Sept. 6, Eisenberg’s thoughts and feelings hit the bookstores when HarperSanFrancisco released his 288-page book, “Using Terri: The Religious Right’s Conspiracy to Take Away Our Rights.” The book has garnered praise from the left, but so far not much, if any, comment from the right. Nadine Strossen, president of the American Civil Liberties Union, called the book “a much-needed wake-up call for America. A terrific read by a first-rate legal mind.” Publishers Weekly, an industry magazine, said Eisenberg “raises substantial and urgent legal issues.” “He speaks with engaging intimacy of his introduction to the debate through the illness of a favorite cousin,” the review said, “and the personal touch continues in the book’s combination of analysis, reportage, declaration and memoir.” Eisenberg doesn’t deny that his book is intentionally biased against the religious right, which he claims is using vast amounts of money provided by powerful conservative groups and think tanks to push an agenda hostile to personal autonomy. “And we better do something about it,” he said. On Wednesday, Eisenberg will be in Los Angeles to debate a member of the conservative Federalist Society. He also has two upcoming book readings � on Oct. 6 at A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland and on Oct. 19 at Book Passage in Corte Madera. Both start at 7 p.m. “I, myself, would call this book a polemic,” he said. “It’s part memoir, part storytelling, part legal history, part op-ed and with a little bit of me personally.” � Mike McKee

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