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SACRAMENTO � Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed 13 new trial court judges on Wednesday, including four to Bay Area courts. In Alameda County, Willie Lott Jr. and Carrie McIntyre Panetta were named to the bench. Lott, 60, has served as a court commissioner since 2002 and now handles misdemeanor arraignments at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse. Lott, a Democrat, spent 28 years as a municipal attorney, first as a deputy city attorney for the city of San Jose and later as deputy counsel in the Alameda County counsel’s office. Lott replaces Judge Robert Fairwell, who retired. McIntyre Panetta, 40, is a prosecutor in the Alameda County district attorney’s office handling felony preliminary hearings. Becoming a judge “is something I’ve always wanted to do,” she said Wednesday as colleagues who had just heard the news stopped by her desk to offer congratulations. Before joining the DA’s office in 1999, McIntyre Panetta was an associate with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison for seven years. She is married to James Panetta, who led DA Tom Orloff’s narcotics unit until he was recently mobilized in the Navy Reserves for a tour in Afghanistan. James Panetta is the son of Leon Panetta, the former Central Coast congressman and chief of staff to President Bill Clinton. McIntyre Panetta, a Democrat, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald Sabraw. Deputy District Attorney Brian Haynes and Clare Maier, a court commissioner, were named judges in Contra Costa County. Haynes, 42, has been with the Contra Costa district attorney’s office since 1988 and serves as lead attorney in mental health unit. Haynes, a Republican, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Peter Spinetta. Maier, 50, will be elevated to one of the 50 new judgeships created by the Legislature last year. Her work during the last six years has included serving as a court commissioner and judge pro tempore. She was previously a public defender in Contra Costa County. Maier worked in private practice for the firm now known as Cooley Godward Kronish between 1991 and 1992 and for Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker from 1990 to 1991. She is a Democrat. The other judges appointed Wednesday are: Antonino Agbayani Jr., 51, in San Joaquin County; Thomas Garza, 49, Dwight Moore, 56, and Gilbert Ochoa, 49, in San Bernardino County; Sharon Lueras, 50, in Sacramento County; Candace Heidelberger, 53, in Nevada County; Marc Garcia, 39, in Merced County; Mitchell Rigby, 55, in Madera County; and Judith Dulcich, 44, in Kern County. Of the 13 appointments, eight are men, seven are registered Democrats, six are Republicans and eight will fill newly created judgeships. Five are in private practice and four are prosecutors. The governor’s office does not release the race or ethnicity of individual judicial appointees.

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