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Brown appoints Fairfield woman as new judge

Christine Anne Carringer

Christine Anne Carringer

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From page A3 | December 28, 2013 | 7 Comments

FAIRFIELD — Gov. Jerry Brown filled a longtime vacant Solano County judgeship Friday with the appointment of Christine A. Carringer.

Carringer, 59, of Fairfield, has worked for the Sacramento law firm of Katchis Harris and Yempuku since 2009. The firm is referred to on some professional directories as the law firm for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Carringer, a Republican, previously worked for the law firms of Porter Scott from 1987 to 1989, Segal and Kirby from 1989 to 1994, Knox Ricksen LLP from 1995 to 2005 and Powers and Miller from 2006 to 2009.

Carringer was convicted in 2004 of a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

After her arrest by a California Highway Patrol officer in Solano County, Carringer’s blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent when she was booked into the Solano County jail, according to court records. Carringer paid a $1,478 fine and completed a first-offender DUI program in 2005.

DUI laws were stiffened in 2006 to make driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content above 0.15 percent an aggravated offense subjecting the offender to greater punishment.

Carringer earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law and has an undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University.

Carringer fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Allan P. Carter earlier this year in Vallejo. Carter retired on a Friday and returned to the bench the next Monday in the role of visiting judge.

Carter, who oversaw a criminal caseload during a tenure on the bench that started in 1989, had been slated to start handling family law matters in January.

The annual pay for a judgeship position is $181,292.

Reach Jess Sullivan at 427-6919 or jsullivan@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jsullivandr.

Jess Sullivan

Jess has covered the criminal justice system in Solano County for several years. He was an embedded reporter in Iraq in 2003.
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  • GregorDecember 28, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Congratulations Ms. Carringer on your appointment, and a big "thumbs down" to Jess Sullivan for raining on your parade. To be fair, the mention of a 9 year old DUI is appropriate because she will be a judicial officer, but three paragraphs with details is not only unnecessary but also an abuse of editorial discretion.

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  • AnonymousDecember 28, 2013 - 5:18 pm

    I'm pretty sure there were two DUI offenses!

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  • Linda M. HageyDecember 28, 2013 - 6:37 pm

    Oh just shut up, like you have a perfect life!

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  • Linda M. HageyDecember 28, 2013 - 6:35 pm

    We totally agree with Gregor's comments. Thank you for your comments regarding Mr. Sullivan's downpour of comments. Ms. Carringer will be a fair a compassionate judge and we, her friends and neighbors will totally support her. He (Mr. Sullivan) could have focused on her wonderful family and her stellar achievements. I am totally disgusted by this article, based on the negativity of this article. Who are you (the DR)...Huffpost? I would certainly think so. I am considering cancelling my subscription. Will let you know ....

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  • RyanDecember 28, 2013 - 11:48 pm

    How can you trust and respect the Judicial system??? This is a person that will make decisions on people's lives. Yes, her "baggage" should be exposed. Thank you Jess. At least the drunks in Solano county will have a Judge that will be understanding!! Disgusting!!!

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  • LilDecember 29, 2013 - 2:14 am

    The fact that Carringer was arrested for a DUI is pertinent to her new job. The public has a right to know that one of our new judges has this in her background. The three paragraphs further explained the circumstances surrounding her arrest and trial outcome. Thank you to the DR for not allowing this kind of information to be swept under the carpet. If we don't hear about it in our local paper, where would we hear it?

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  • General Fadi BasemDecember 31, 2013 - 10:36 pm

    So Gov. Brown appoints somebody who is 59 years old to replace a judge that is retiring? Isn't the 59 year old replacement almost ready for retirement herself? This appointment does not make too much sense from that angle. Hey Governor--how about appointing somebody who is much younger, say about age 40? That way they could have some time to grow into the job, instead of occupying a seat for maybe 5-10 years and then bailing out. This idea of appointing somebody because of their sex or their ethnicity has got to be tossed into the wastebasket. Select a competent to excellent lawyer young enough to gain some experience on the job and develop into a great judge over time.

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