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Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 63

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Anthony Lewis

Attorney at Law
248,263 votes (22.83%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I will work to make sure courts are fair and available to everyone, including people who have little or no money. Our courts belong to all Californians and must work for all Californians.
  • The jury trial is the cornerstone of the American justice system, and I will make sure that in every case where there is a right to a jury trial, that right is not improperly denied.
  • Work to educate the public on how civil rights claims, such as sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, are actually handled in the judicial process.

Experience

Education

Northwestern University Juris Doctor, Law (1999)
Florida State University School of Public Administration and Policy Master in Public Administration, Management and public policy (1996)
New College of Florida Bachelor of Arts, Political science, sociology, and philosophy (1994)

Biography

  • Career dedicated to fighting discrimination, harassment, and abuse
  • Experienced criminal and civil trial attorney
  • Experienced appellate attorney
  • J.D. Northwestern University School of Law (1999)
  • M.P.A. Florida State University School of Public Administration and Policy (1996)
  • B.A. New College of Florida (1994)

Please visit my campaign website for more information:  www.tony4judge.com

 

 

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • New Frontier Democratic Club (California's oldest and largest African-American Democratic Club)
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Young Democrats of Los Angeles County

Organizations (1)

  • Democrats for Neighborhood Action

Individuals (3)

  • Lenton Aikins (Civil Rights Attorney/Mediator)
  • Richard Stavin (Civil Rights Attorney)
  • Young Ryu (Employment Rights Attorney)

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 Anthony Lewis:

Ensuring all parties are treated fairly and that the law is applied correctly, regardless of a party's wealth or other characteristics.

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Anthony Lewis:

This varies depending on the court division.  For example, in the criminal division, we need bail reform so that innocent people who have not been convicted of any crime and pose no danger to the community do not have their lives destroyed and families torn apart simply because they cannot afford bail.  In the civil division, judges must understand the games that are played by more powerful and wealthier parties, such as in discovery, and level the playing field through close case management and supervision.  We need more self-help and legal aid programs to help people involved in every division of the court system, especially for court services that have a heavy demand by people with limited or no means.

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 Anthony Lewis:
People should not be punished for being poor. The current bail system causes great harm to many poor people (and their families) who will not be convicted of any crime and who do not pose any public threat. Change is needed. We should take approaches that are better at protecting the public, ensuring defendants make court appearances, and keeping families together than the current money-bail system. Such approaches should include individualized risk assessment and pre-trial services--approaches that have proven effective. We must also measure how such approaches are actually working, and make necessary adjustments to continually improve public policies affecting the criminal justice system and to treat all Californians equally and fairly, regardless of personal wealth.

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

The jury trial is the bedrock of the American justice system.  The courts must serve all, equally and fairly.  Our courts are faced with many challenges.  I will work to ensure that the court system is not simply a tool to be used by the wealthy and large corporations, such that individuals will have equal access and fairness.  I am deeply concerned not only about the David v. Goliath scenario, but also about the impact of all the Goliath v.Goliath cases are having, where all the Davids are barely an afterthought. We must be focused on reforms from the bail system to the rules of civil procedure to guarantee both fairness and opportunity from the beginning of a case through trial and, where necessary, the appellate court.  

I believe in our jury system, and I will carefully guard the right to a jury trial.  As a civil rights attorney representing victims of discrimination and harasssment, I fight the challenges of even getting to a jury trial in civil litigation.  So much of what happens in civil litigation happens outside the courtroom, especially in discovery, and it often works against people with limited means.  I am well qualified to address these challanges both in cases that appear before me in my courtroom and on a policy level, as well.  

Please read more about me and why I am running at my campaign website: www.tony4judge.com

Thank you for your research as a responsible voter.  I appreciate your vote in the June 5, 2018 election!

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