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Alameda County Full of Nepotism
Very short story on Nepotism in the Alameda County Courts
The Alameda County courts, particularly the District Attorney's office, is Nepotism central for the county.
A quick check of Deputy DA's revealed current Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff has hired the sons or daughters of three of possibly four judges who are on the Alameda County Superior Court, criminal calendar. The judges and kids involved are;
Judge Alfred Delucchi, of the Scott Peterson Trial. His son, Paul Delucchi is a deputy DA, hired by Tom Orloff about ten years back
Judge Peggy Hora. Her son Paul Hora is a deputy, hired a couple of years back
Judge Carlos Ynostroza. His daughter Maya is a deputy hired a couple of years back.
Finally, Judge Kenneth Kingsbury and Erin Kingsbury, relationship not yet determined.
Note, these four people were all hired while their parents were on the criminal calendar, in other words, Orloff hired people whose parents could help him with his criminal trials. Also, it's not clear if he has violated Alameda County Merit System or Civil Service rules with these hirings.
Lastly, it's worth pointing out, these eight individuals are all lawyers. I am checking into the entire staff of the DA's office to find other personnel, not attorneys, who are related to judges, and hired while their judge relative was in office.
It's worth pointing out, I checked other local courts to find nepotism, and there were only two pairs of judge/Deputy DA's found. None found in San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa counties, one each in San Francisco and Sacramento
Preliminarily, it can be stated Tom Orloff has set the local record for nepotism in hiring.