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Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

May 25, 2010
Attorney defends judge who made key furlough decision

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Gavel.jpgHere's an e-mail The State Worker received from Mark Sollitt, an Elk Grove-based attorney who took exception to our May 6 column, "Furlough litigants shop for judges."

Sollitt gave us permission to post his unedited e-mail, which was sent on May 7. (Owing to the volume of e-mail The State Worker receives, we didn't see it until Monday).

Dear Mr. Ortiz:

I take objection to your implications in your editorial on May 6th, 2010 that implies some type of political bias on the part of Judge Marlett regarding his rulings in favor of Governor Swhwarzeneggers's furlough policy. On the contrary, in my experience with Judge Patrick Marlette over the years a a criminal defense attorney, I have found him to be a "no nonsense" "apolitical" person.

When you appear in front of him on a case, you better be ready and prepared. I can't see him ruling on a case in a political manner. He is witty and sharp tongued, but above all is "calls it like he sees it." His ruling on furlough's would have been based on what he saw in the law, not with any bias towards the Governor.

Mark Sollitt
Attorney at Law


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