No, the above headline is neither a gag nor an exaggeration.
I've appeared in front of Judge Janovs a few times, and am sorry to see her go. Especially under these circumstances.
According to today's Daily Journal, some highly-placed public lawyers in LA County are talking with the Governor's judicial appointments secretary about getting Judge Janovs re-appointed to the bench.
According to the 6/10/06 LA Times, the Governator is reappointing Janovs to the bench:
"Responding to speculation that voters had failed to pick the Latvian-born Janavs in part because of her name, the Austrian-born Schwarzenegger in a written statement said: 'I can relate to the problem of having a name that is hard to pronounce.'
"The governor also said the election's 'unfortunate result should not rob California of a fine jurist.'"
Good part: The judge is back.
Bad part: It renders the election essentially meaningless.