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Is Carly Fiorina a Chip Off the Old Block?

The candidate's dad, a Federal judge and law professor, was tough on crime—and, having helped appoint Ken Starr, tough on the Clintons.
Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Discusses Her New Book
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On the trail, Carly Fiorina makes much of her rise from humble secretary (albeit Stanford-educated) to CEO, before leaping into the political world. In fact, she has an impressive conservative pedigree. Her father, Joseph Tyree Sneed III, who died in 2008, was a law professor at the University of Texas, Stanford, and Cornell, the dean of Duke Law School, a deputy attorney general under President Richard Nixon, and a longtime senior judge on the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. In fact, a few of Sneed’s opinions and actions have made their way into the conservative canon, including the following:

dissent in the 2001 case of Andrade v. Attorney General of the State of California, in which a man who’d shoplifted nine videotapes from two Kmart stores had been sentenced to life in prison because of prior arrests (which bumped his misdemeanors up to felonies) and California’s “Three Strikes law.”