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Cantil-Sakauye Confirmed to be Chief Justice

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) _ Sacramento appeals court Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye has been unanimously confirmed to be California’s next chief justice.

Eleven different witnesses told the State Commission on Judicial Appointments that Cantil-Sakauye would make an outstanding chief justice.

One of her colleagues, Justice Arthur Scotland called her the perfect choice.

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“All who know Tani can attest to the brilliance of her mind,” he said. “To her objectivity, to the thorough and thoughtful approach that she has in decision making. To her respect for the rule of law.”

Two witnesses opposed her confirmation, with one, a deputy state attorney general saying she is biased against men.

Cantil-Sakauye denied those allegations.

“I stand before you to tell you they are false and misinformed and misguided,” she said.

With Wednesday’s confirmation, her name will now go on the November 2 ballot for voter approval. If approved, Cantil-Sakauye would begin a 12-year term as chief justice in January.

She was nominated by Governor Schwarzenegger last month after Chief Justice Ronald George announced his retirement.

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