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Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 16

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Patricia "Patti" Hunter

Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
418,634 votes (37.94%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Protecting the Public
  • Maintaining a courtroom where the law is followed and all parties are treated fairly and respectfully in an unbiased and impartial forum
  • Helping parties find creative resolutions to cases

Experience

Experience

Profession:Prosecutor City of Los Angeles
Deputy City Attorney: (over 24 years as a prosecutor; balance civil law), Los Angeles City Attorney's Office (1989–current)
Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge Laughlin E. Waters, United States District Court, Central District of California (1987–1989)
Summer Associate (Civil law firm, Century City), Rutter, O'Sullivan, Greene and Hobbs (1986–1986)
Research Assistant (Summer position), Loyola Law School (1985–1985)

Education

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1987)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English (1982)

Community Activities

"Adopt-A-Family" for multiple families during the holidays, Various including: Dept. of Public Social Services; Dept. of Aging; Jewish Family Services (2012–current)
Speaking at schools about the legal profession, safety and my profession, Various public and private schools (1991–current)
Member of "Mother's Guild" group that fundraises for school scholarships, Private high school (2013–current)

Biography

  • Over 30 years experience
  • Prosecuted thousands of criminal cases
  • Jury trials include: Domestic Violence, Child Endangerment, Driving Under the Influence, Firearm Crimes and more
  • Criminal and Civil background
  • Extensive trial experience
  • Graduated law school top 2% of my class
  • Prestigious Federal Judicial Clerkship

 

I have both criminal and civil experience.  I have been an attorney for over 30 years, more than 24 of those Prosecuting criminal cases.    As a Prosecutor, I am well aware that how I handle cases affects the lives of victims, witnesses, defendants and citizens.  While protecting victims and the public may require incarceration, some crimes warrant alternate sentences to include treatment for mental health, anger issues and drug problems.  If a root problem can be treated, the likelihood of future crime is lessoned.   I encourage and participate in pretrial resolutions when such a resolution protects the public and is appropriate.  I am mindful that coming to an agreed upon early disposition in a case not only gives the parties a say in the resolution, it also saves precious resources. I have prosecuted thousands of cases including numerous court and jury trials.  I have appeared before more judges than I can name, both state and federal. I have learned that great judges are concerned about public and victim safety, are fair, detailed, decisive, measured, thoughtful and listen to all sides before making a just and appropriate decision. A great judge is compassionate and has common sense and holds people accountable for their actions.  I would be that kind of judge.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Los Angeles County Democratic party
  • Please Refer to Pattihunter4judge.com for updated list of Officials, Judges, Prosecutors, Organizations and others
  • Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney

Organizations (10)

  • Torrance Democratic Club
  • Democrats of Pasadena Foothills
  • Americans for Democratic Action, So Cal
  • North Valley Democratic Club
  • Democratic Party of the San Fernando Valley
  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action
  • Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains
  • Los Angeles City Attornys Association
  • LA County Young Democrats
  • Stonewall Democratic Club

Elected Officials (5)

  • LA City Councilmember Paul Koretz
  • Congressman Mel Levine (Retired)
  • LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • LA County Supervior Sheila Kuehl
  • Honorable John J. Duran, Mayor West Hollywood, Attorney

Individuals (42)

  • Honorable David W. Stuart, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Elizabeth Lippitt, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Lisa Hart Cole, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Michael Amerian, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Mary Ellen Early - Member, Democratic National Committee
  • Honorable James K. Hahn, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Former Mayor of LA)
  • Honorable Susan Lopez-Giss, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Mark Burton, Prosecutor (Retired); Former Mayor and City Councilperson, Manhattan Beach
  • Honorable Greg Dohi, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Oscar Winslow, President Los Angeles City Attorneys Association; Attorney; Retired LAPD
  • Anne Korban, Prosecutor
  • Alison Triessl, Attorney
  • Steve Meister, Attorney
  • Michael Kraut, Attorney
  • Alois Phillips, Prosecutor
  • Maureen Siegel, Prosecutor
  • Honorable Shari Kreisler Silver, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Shellie Samuels, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Karen Nudell, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Anita Dymant, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Terry Friedman, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Richard A. Schmidt, Prosecutor
  • Maureen Rodriquez, Prosecutor
  • Kenneth Tso, Prosecutor
  • Howard Fuchs, Prosecutor
  • Ann Rosenthal, Prosecutor
  • Susan Schmitter, Prosecutor
  • Karine Philips, Prosecutor
  • Aleen Avanesian, Prosecutor
  • Susan P. Strick, Prosecutor
  • Deana Chuang, Prosecutor
  • Lisa Markarian, Prosecutor
  • Gary Geuss, Riverside City Attorney
  • Richard A. Hutton, Attorney
  • Dory Raheb, Attorney
  • David S. Kestenbaum, Attorney
  • Mark Daniel Melnick, Attorney
  • Marie McTeague, Attorney
  • Michael Raab, Attorney
  • Honorable Gregg Marcus, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Honorable Andrea Thompson, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Michael Jesic, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Patricia "Patti" Hunter:
  • A judicial candidate should be evaluated on their temperament. 
  • A judicial candidate should be evaluated based on their academic, work and practical experience as an indication of their ability to analyze and apply the law.
  • A judicial candidate should be evaluated on their ability to be fair and impartial. 
  • A judicial candidate should be evaluated on whether they have an agenda or a cause they want to pursue as a judge.  Agendas and causes are for partisan politics, not for judges.  
  • A judicial candidate should be evaluated on whether they are able to write in a clear, cohesive and well thought out manner.
How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Patricia "Patti" Hunter:
  • Ensuring that courts are run in an efficient manner by minimizing unnecessary court dates and aiding in early dispositions would mean that there is more time for more people to have access to the courts.  If the courts are efficient, then people do not have to wait unreasonable amounts of time to get justice. 
  • Supporting and encouraging pro bono or low cost services would help people get access to the legal system. One way would be to provide on-line or posted notices as to where litigants can find such services.
  • Ensuring proper funding and staffing to the extent the courts and judges have a say in that would provide more courts and thus more access.
  • Providing help for people who do not know how to navigate the court system, such as volunteers and employees to help people fill out restraining orders and get the matters on calendar. 

 

 

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Patricia "Patti" Hunter:

Bail reform is happening in California.  A recent ruling in the Humphrey case requires judges to consider a defendant's financial situation when setting bail.  Courts may only set unaffordable bail for those who are too dangerous to be released before trial. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • I believe in protecting people's rights, fairness, due process and equal access to the courts.
  • I believe that people must be held accountable for their actions as allowed or required by law.
  • I believe the government is there to serve the people and that people should be treated with respect, dignity and fairness.
  • I believe that elections are important and that voters have a right to know about their candidates and should have their voices heard by casting their vote.
  • I am a Democrat

A judge's job is to interpret and follow the law, not create it.  If elected judge, all people regardless of their politics or anything else, would be treated fairly, justly and respectfully in my court.  

 

 

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