Santa Barbara Politics, Media & Culture

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Commingled Funds

I'm having a real hard time believing Judge Hall was ignorant of the law when she "commingled" $20,000 with her partner like grocery money and the electric bill...I guess it could happen but her explanation leaves something to be desired. Who was her treasurer? Who was her campaign manager? There were people she could have asked with a contribution/loan that large....

Update on 4/26/06: Judge Hall was reported as having sent a $15,000 check to settle with the Fair Political Practices Commission.


Anonymous Dignity please? said...

geez can someone please leave this woman alone?? Let her be judged and pay her dues but my God hasn't anyone noticed that much of the media and D.A. attention has been at least in part motivated by sensationalistic exploitation of her lesbianism?

I guess we can believe that the D.A. has been unable to locate any local heterosexual candidates for public office who make the mistakes she's made. Fine. Oh, and how coincidentally did their investigation emerge when the jury ruled against them on the most serious charges in the criminal case.
Whatever. She can face the consequences and should.

But can we please face our own biases and that of our community's institutions and let her face those consequences in peace? Blogabarbara can't control the N-P but must we piggyback on them?

4/25/2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

I don't care about Judge Hall's sexual orientation and I would hope the DA would prosecute a straight couple as much as anyone else under the circumstances. Gay or straight, she's a smart woman and I'm surprised she didn't check things out before she deposited that check.

Piggyback? This is the news...and it will be on other media outlets. Whether gay or straight -- I doubt others in the same position would be able to face the consequences in peace either.

I understand the point and have sympathy for it -- but it's a risk you take when you become a public official, no?

4/25/2006 10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

and a heterosexual married couple have legal rights that Judge Hall and her partner did not especially in re finances, etc.

sure, its news; and theres lots of news and lots of questionable dealings going on in our local institutions. whatever, this is your site, pick what you want

4/25/2006 6:22 PM  
Blogger Sara De la Guerra said...

Agreed on all counts -- and I don't think marriage can protect one from not claiming money on your campaign finance forms correctly. Maybe I am wrong -- but I'd hope anyone --- regardless of sexual orientation or marriage status -- would have to play by the same rules. Otherwise they should be changed....

4/25/2006 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And one shouldn't forget that she is a judge, sitting in judgment of others, continuing to be paid by the County, continuing on the bench.

Would she be so forgiving of others, as she asking for herself! Not likely. She was tremendously hostile to defendants and often asked by public defender lawyers to be removed. Now she's wearing the defendants' moccasins, one wonders if there's any more understanding.

Not likely, given her clutching the robes of victimhood, rather than justice....

Sorry, but I think she's a disgrace to the court system. I'd have much more respect for her if she had resigned when this first came up, rather than waiting about two years before acknowledging her "error" and repaying....

4/26/2006 7:44 PM  

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