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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Tribunal Superior de California, Condado de MarinCandidato para Juez, Cargo 2

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Nicole Pantaleo

Marin County Prosecutor
11,047 votos (16.89%)
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • As a Judge I would bring Marin values to the bench: fairness, equality, due process, compassion, social responsibility, honesty, respect for all parties, and most of all ensure that justice is served.
  • I would be a judge that treats all sides with fairness, dignity and respect. Every person in our courtroom needs to feel they were heard and that they received due process.
  • We need an Alternative Justice Court for chronic inebriants and recidivist misdemeanor offenders that are in and out of the system to help stabilize them and provide more stability and safety for the community.



U.C. Hastings College of the Law JD, Law (2004)
University of Southern California BA, Double Major in Political Science and International Relations (1998)
Terra Linda High School High School (1994)

Actividades comunitarias

Active Member , Rotary Club, San Rafael, Soroptimist International of Marin County multitude of legal associations, clubs and organizations. (not availa–current)


I was raised in Marin County with Marin values. I went to Terra Linda High School and I have served to protect this county for over a decade. My family came here as WWII refugees after my grandfather fought the Nazis as a Partisan fighter.  After WWII they found themselves trapped behind the Iron Curtain. They immigrated here with my mother in 1951 with nothing but a dream. In 1956 my grandfather founded Caffe Trieste in North Beach and in 1978 my family opened Caffe Trieste in Sausalito where my mother, Sonia Giotta Pantaleo, worked for years.  My father, Nicola Pantaleo, immigrated here from Italy as well and worked as a blue collar worker his whole life. They worked hard to provide a home and opportunity for us in Terra Linda since I was two years old.   I was the only person in my family to attend college.  

I graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a double major in Political Science and International Relations.  I taught international relations at Adams Middle School in South Central with my classmates from U.S.C.  My thesis in political science was entitled “How the California Proposition System Adversely Affects Minority Groups.”  My thesis for international relations was a comparative study of counter-terrorism in a democratic state: Italy’s response to Red Brigades v. Abu Nidal.  I received honors for both works.  After college I worked for three years in civil law firms as a litigation paralegal, including managing the discovery for a large international client.  At U.C. Hastings College of the Law, I externed for the Honorable Maxine Chesney, U.S. District Court, Northern California District and clerked for the Alameda County and San Francisco County District Attorney’s Office. I was also awarded the National Lawyers Guild Hastings Student Chapter 2004 Honoree.

I am an active member of Rotary Club, San Rafael, Soroptimist International of Marin County and a multitude of legal associations, clubs and organizations.

I have lived in Marin most of my life.  My family instilled in me a tough work ethic, a love of people and a passion for freedom and justice.  My Marin family instilled in me the values of caring for this community, the environment, our schools and each other.   As a Judge, I would bring these shared Marin values to the bench. 

During my time with the Marin County District Attorney’s Office, I have litigated against some of Marin County’s most respected defense attorneys and I’m humbled to say that many of them have come forward to endorse and support my candidacy for judge because they believe I will be a fair and ethical judge.  As a sexual assault prosecutor, I reviewed hundreds of referrals and had to make the tough decisions of what to file and if we can prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt.  These decisions profoundly affect the lives of victims and potential defendants as these charges can send someone to prison for life.  I have litigated complex, emotionally charged cases with child victims, rape victims, domestic violence victims, gangs, human trafficking and other violent crimes. These cases involve DNA evidence, technology based evidence, sophisticated legal issues and trials that require a high level of ethics, mastery of procedure, law, the evidence code and protection of constitutional rights and due process.  

As a judge, you have to make decisions on the spot in serious cases that profoundly affect the parties and the community.  You do not want these cases reversed because of a judge with little, actual real life experience in the courtroom.  I have real, gritty courtroom experience in hundreds of hearings and a multitude of complex jury trials such as serial child molestation, rape, child pornography, stabbings, mentally disordered offender, firearms, narcotics sales and domestic violence.  

I understand the gravity of the decisions that are made in these cases and how important it is to be fair to all sides and seek the truth for a just result.  As a judge, I will have a measuring stick in which to independently measure each case for its worth and to help determine what is fair to all sides.   I will also have a profound knowledge of complex sentencing laws through my experience to ensure fair and equitable sentencing for each individual, not just what is politically attractive or expedient.  

My upbringing and my extensive real life courtroom experience prosecuting some of the most difficult cases imaginable has uniquely prepared me to serve as a fair, experienced and respectful judge. 


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Featured Endorsements

  • The Tiburon Police Officers Association
  • The Novato Police Officers Association
  • The Fairfax Police Officers Association

Organizaciónes (7)

  • Marin County Deputy Sheriffs' Association
  • The Central Marin Police Officers Associations
  • Marin County Prosecutors Association
  • Carpenters Local 35
  • Central Marin Police Officers Association
  • Marin County Building and Construction Trades Council
  • North Bay Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Funcionarios electos (7)

  • Former California State Assembly member Joe Nation
  • Joshua W. Thomas, former Marin County Assistant District Attorney and retired Deputy District Attorney
  • Dr. Eva Long, Marin Community College District Trustee, Past President, National Women's Political Caucus, Marin
  • Linda Abrams Witong, retired Marin County Deputy District Attorney
  • San Anselmo Mayor Wayne Cooper (fmr.)
  • Mill Valley Mayor Dennis Fisco (fmr.)
  • Marin County District Attorney Paula Freschi Kamena (ret.)

Individuos (6)

  • Kathryn (Kit) Mitchell-Ball, Chief Deputy District Attorney, Marin County (Ret.)
  • Elissa Lasserre, Law Offices of Elissa Lasserre
  • David Vogelstein: Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Jon Rankin, Attorney at Law
  • David Hayden, Il Davide, San Rafael
  • Marin County District Attorney Paula Freschi Kamena (ret.)

Creencias poliza

Filosofía política

I believe that no one person can affect more people’s lives directly in our system of government than a judge. The decisions that a judge makes in cases affect not only the parties, but often times the entire community.  This is especially true in criminal justice where a judge’s ruling can determine an individual’s freedom, conviction, punishment, the victim’s rights, and the communities’ safety.  Having served for over eleven years as a prosecutor making very tough, life altering decisions that profoundly affect the rights and live of victims, defendants and the safety of the community, I am ready to serve as your Judge.  I promise to serve as fair, well-tempered and respectful judge. I understand the gravitas of a judge’s decisions because I have been living with them for years. I bring the experience, sound judgment, values and commitment to our community that is critical in serving as a fair judge committed to equality, due process and the rule of law.

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