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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 16

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Patricia "Patti" Hunter

Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
1,387,950 votes (61.83%)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 (with honors) (1987)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), English (with honors) (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 legal experience 
  • Dedicated to public service
  • Prosecutor in LA City Attorney's office for over 24 years
  • Prosecuted thousands of criminal cases 
  • Jury trials include: Domestic Violence, Child Endangerment, Driving Under the Influence, Firearm Crimes and more
  • Criminal and Civil experience
  • Extensive trial experience
  • Graduated from Loyola Law School in top 2% of in class
  • Published on law review
  • Prestigious Federal Judicial Clerkship
  • Lived in Los Angeles entire life

 

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

  • Please refer to website Pattihunter4judge.com and Facebook: Patti Hunter for Judge 2018 for updated endorsements
  • Los Angeles County Democratic party
  • Mike Feuer, Los Angeles City Attorney

Organizations (15)

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

Elected Officials (9)

  • Mayors, Assemblymembers and City Councilmembers and others from throughout LA county go to Pattihunter4judge.com
  • State Senator Ben Allen
  • LA City Councilmembers Paul Koretz, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfiled, David Ryu and Mitchell Englander,
  • Congressman Alan Lowenthal
  • Congressman Ted Lieu
  • LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis
  • LA County Supervior Sheila Kuehl
  • Congressman Mel Levine (Retired)
  • Honorable John J. Duran, Mayor West Hollywood, Attorney

Individuals (35)

  • Shawn Holley, Attorney
  • Dolores Huerta - Labor Leader/Community Activist
  • Don Newcombe - Baseball legend, civil rights icon
  • 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 Elizabeth Lippitt, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Susan Lopez-Giss, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Greg Dohi, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Honorable Gregg Marcus, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Deana Chuang, Prosecutor
  • Lisa Markarian, Prosecutor
  • Gary Geuss, Riverside City Attorney
  • Richard A. Hutton, Attorney
  • Michael Kraut, Attorney
  • Alison Triessl, Attorney
  • David S. Kestenbaum, Attorney
  • Honorable Andrea Thompson, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Mark Daniel Melnick, Attorney
  • Marie McTeague, Attorney
  • Aleen Avanesian, Prosecutor
  • Alois Phillips, Prosecutor
  • Karine Philips, Prosecutor
  • Oscar Winslow, President Los Angeles City Attorneys Association; Attorney; Retired LAPD
  • Honorable Shellie Samuels, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge
  • Steve Meister, Attorney
  • Honorable Anita Dymant, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge (Retired)
  • Maureen Siegel, Prosecutor
  • Richard A. Schmidt, Prosecutor
  • Maureen Rodriquez, Prosecutor
  • Kenneth Tso, Prosecutor
  • Howard Fuchs, Prosecutor
  • Susan Schmitter, Prosecutor
  • 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 on their integrity. 
  • 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.
  • Judicial candidates should be evaluatated by who endorses and supports them.
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 resolutions 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 must be reasonable and take into account the minimum amount, if any, needed to ensure public safety and the return of the defendant to court. 

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

  • Judges matter.  Judges make rulings on the most important things in a person's life, including liberty, money, child custody, and safety.  These are things that keep people up at night and we must elect judges who have compassion, integrity, intelligence and value fairness and equality.  
  • 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 that public safety and quality of life for everyone are of utmost importance.
  • 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 and endorsed by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party, bipartisan organziations, and democratic clubs (see my website and Facebook page for updated information).
  • I believe that all people regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, how they identify, who they love, political party, abilities, disabilities or anything else must all be treated equally and fairly.

 

 

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