The stories about Judge David Richmond are legend. He rarely shows up, meaning that the County of Amador has to use travelling judges frequently in addition to paying Richmond’s salary.
The damn Casino pays for all kinds of stuff – some consolation considering that 1/3 of Amador’s crime (by some estimates) eminates from that Casino.
Back to Richmond – his “Op-Ed” was posted in the Amador Ledger Dispatch whose editor is reputed to be in the bag for Jeff Seaton. I am going to inject my rebuttals within the text of this op-ed. It says little or nothing of Seaton’s “qualifications” at all. (Perhaps because he doesn’t have many?) I’ve also been told that the Amador Ledger Dispatch is also a beneficiary of the Casino’s largesse.
This is a judgeship I will vacate at the end of my present term, a position held since 1998. Amador County deserves a judge who has the essential characteristics and traits to serve this community in a highly conscientious and professional manner. Jeff Seaton is that person.
I have known Jeff Seaton since 1993. I was a prosecutor in the Sacramento County District Attorney’s office at that time. He was a defense attorney in one of my cases. I soon realized working with Jeff, he was respectful, organized, very competent with high ethical standards. In the nearly twenty years since, he has continuously demonstrated those qualities in court. Jeff Seaton has appeared in my court on a regular basis and has shown tireless professionalism, sensitivity and a true understanding of justice for both sides.
Jeff Seaton is one of the most competent attorneys I have worked with in my thirty-six year career as a prosecutor and a judge. He has a broad range of experience — serving in the U.S. Army for twenty-six years and has been a courtroom litigator for more than twenty-one years. He has represented his clients in numerous courts throughout the state of California, including the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court. During the years I have known him, his character, integrity, attention to detail and ability have been second to none.
Pimp the uniform – what an outrage. I served in the US Navy and I don’t wrap myself in it… nor do I do a campaign fundraiser on Veteran’s Day in such a way that it is unclear what I am doing… I’d suggest that the Judge talk to the Judge in the Purdue case who castigated Jeff Seaton multiple times over his conduct. This is something Richmond wouldn’t know much about – since he is rarely ever in court.
As a judge of the Amador County Superior Court, I know Jeff Seaton will use excellent judicial temperament; be neutral, decisive and respectful to everyone who appears before him. He will continue his high standards and be impartial to all sides. I am confident he has the moral courage to objectively interpret and fairly apply the law above all other considerations.
NEUTRAL!? Seaton’s contempt for Crime Victims is legendary – ask Jennifer Minton!
Jeff Seaton has demonstrated twenty years of commitment to Amador County and has worked hard to serve the public and better the administration of justice. I urge the good citizens of Amador County to carefully evaluate this when they vote for judge and place their confidence in Jeff Seaton.
I agree – carefully evaluate, because if you do – Jeff Seaton doesn’t stand a chance of being elected!
The Honorable David S. Richmond – Assistant Presiding Judge
Editors note: Amador Superior Court Judge David Richmond has lived in Amador County since 1976. He served as Deputy District Attorney for Amador County from 1976-1982; as Amador County District Attorney from 1983-1991; as Deputy District Attorney in Sacramento County from 1991-1995; and was the Chief Assistant District Attorney in El Dorado County from 1995-1998. Judge Richmond was appointed to the bench by Governor Pete Wilson in January 1998. He was elected in 2002 and re-elected in November 2006.
(Richmond was un-opposed, yeesh)