Rami Amaro was on her game when she met with Taryn Brodwater and me for an hour just now. For the fashion hounds, she wore a dark pants suit with a blue blouse. On the positive side, she said she'd bring to the bench a more complex background of experience and more accountability than Judge John Mitchell. She mentioned small things like getting an answering machine to be more responsive to lawyers trying to contact Mitchell's court. Seems Mitchell didn't use to have one and that played havoc with communication. She said she'd be more approachable, patient, and respectful than Mitchell -- and that she'd be more conservative and put more emphasis on protecting society than rehabilitation when it comes to dealing with child molesters and other dangerous criminals. She also had a good response to the attorney evaulations that ranked Mitchell higher, noting that only 53 local attorneys participated while 70 attorneys have DQ'd Judge Mitchell. She made an exceptionally good point that Mitchell should have found out early on why so many attorneys DQ'd him. Rami made a good case for her election. You can read all about it when Staff Writer Taryn Brodwater writes her story about the race later this week.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.