Judges nail Harman, Eastman for resume inflation
Friday, April 2, 2010
Both men are vying for the Republican nominations to run for California attorney general, along with Steve Cooley — who, as the thrice-elected Los Angeles County district attorney, is a prosecutor. Harman, a state senator from Huntington Beach, tried to argue that his involvement as a volunteer in the Orange County Trial Attorney Partnership, under the local district attorney’s office, gave him the right to call himself a prosecutor.
Not so, said Superior Court Judge Allen H. Sumner. “It’s fairly easy to say you can’t claim ‘prosecutor’ as one of your principal occupations, at least until you’ve tried a case,” Sumner ruled, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Eastman, until recently the dean of Chapman University‘s School of Law, didn’t fare any better. He argued that his legal work for the South Dakota attorney general’s office on a lawsuit over federal prison mandates meant he could call himself an assistant attorney general.
Superior Court Judge Timothy M. Frawley gaveled him down, too, ruling that the designation could mislead voters into thinking Eastman was an assistant attorney general in California. And Frawley went one step further in tossing out Eastman’s back-up description of “taxpayer advocate/attorney,” which The Bee reported had been approved by the secretary of state’s office. Eastman’s work for taxpayer groups was done as an attorney, and “in the court’s view, double counting is prohibited,” The Bee reported Frawley as saying.
So on the ballot, look for Harman as a “attorney/senator,” and Eastman as a “constitutional law attorney.”