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MINORITY LAWYERS MAY BE LOOKING BEYOND THE BENCH I read with interest the article on increasing appointments of women and racial minorities to the bench, as I know two Asian women who are seeking appointment to the Alameda bench ["Upcoming bench vacancies heighten calls for diversity," Jan. 27]. Though seemingly gloomy, the opinion attributed to Monica Wiley of the Charles Houston Bar, who says that many minorities do not apply because of the low pay received by judges, suggests a cause for celebration. If many minority attorneys are not applying because of the low pay, then that can only be because a wealth of other opportunities are open to them in the legal profession as a whole. That is cause for cheer! Tahir J. Naim Sunnyvale SFPD TOOK APPROPRIATE STEPS IN ASSAULT CASE I read Justin Scheck’s article in your newspaper about David Shannon’s unfortunate experience on Market Street ["Now that's dedication," Jan. 17]. I assure you that violent crime in the Southern Police District concerns me and I took note of Scheck’s aside about the San Francisco Police Department not responding to a call for service. On Jan. 9 at 9:12 a.m., Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals security called the San Francisco Emergency Communications Department (ECD) to report that Shannon had been assaulted at 7:30 a.m. at Market and Fifth streets. That call for service was broadcast � it was given low priority and therefore the officers assigned to the neighborhood of 95 Seventh Street were not summoned from their current assignment. Court security called ECD at 9:47 a.m. to inquire about the delayed response from the police department. Shannon was offered medical service at that time and court security declined in his name. At 9:57 a.m. court security called ECD and reported that Shannon had left the courthouse. ECD cancelled the call for service because of the court security call. I am sorry to learn of Shannon’s troubles. I take umbrage with Scheck’s obvious bias. I hope that this letter serves to show that there are many sides to a story. Denis F. O’Leary Captain, Southern Station San Francisco Police Department You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at (415) 749-5549; or at [email protected].

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