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Los Angeles County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Superior Court Judge; County of Los Angeles; Office 29 Voter Information

Results as of Mar 29 10:59am, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (4,571/4,571)
Candidates (Vote for 1)
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Gus Gomez Click here for more information about this candidate 225,166 votes 26.22%

  • Occupation: California Deputy Attorney General
  • Graduate, Stanford Law School
  • Over 10 years experience as civil and criminal prosecutor
  • Experienced criminal prosecutor in state and federal courts
  • Supported by law enforcement and Sheriff Lee Baca
  • Endorsed by Attorney General Bill Lockyer
  • Past Mayor, City of Glendale
  • Public safety
  • Efficient administration of justice
  • Treating jurors and trial participants with dignity and respect
Lori Jones Click here for more information about this candidate 212,524 votes 24.75%
  • Occupation: Criminal Prosecutor
  • Deputy District Attorney, 15 years
  • McGeorge School of Law, LMU undergrad
  • Hardcore Gang, Family Violence Prosecutor
  • Memberships: LA County Bar; American Inns of Court
  • To maintain the highest standards of integrity and fairness
  • To treat all parties who appear before me with dignity and respect
  • To make informed decisions based on California and federal law
Jeffrey S. Gootman Click here for more information about this candidate 191,146 votes 22.26%
  • Occupation: Deputy District Attorney
  • Criminal prosecutor for over 19 years. Prosecuted gang members and Major narcotics trafficers.
  • Endorsed By District Attorney Steve Cooley Endorsed by the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs (ALADS)
  • Has Appellate criminal and civil experience. Prosecuted Special Circunmstance Murder cases at BOTH the trial level and at the Appellate level
  • Created a computerized legal database with over 32000 entries, All Supreme Court and Court of Appeal Decisions since 1985 summarized
  • Authered and published training material for Police Officers and Prosecutors.
  • Rated WELL QUALIFIED by the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee their highest rating.
  • To be fair, decisive, to punish the guilty while respecting the rights of victims.
  • To be decisive, using common sense in the courtroom.
  • Long prison sentences for violent and repeat offenders.
Larry H. Layton Click here for more information about this candidate 113,946 votes 13.27%
  • Occupation: Law School Professor
  • Bachelor of Science in Law, 1973
  • Juris Doctor, 1974
  • Author of Larry Layton Legal Aids
  • Dean, Larry H. Layton School of Law
  • past experience as Temporary Judge
  • past experience as Court Arbitrator
  • My number one priority is to provide competent, fair rulings
  • Another priority is to administer the court with promptness
  • All citizens will be treated with fairness and respect
Edward Nison Click here for more information about this candidate 58,979 votes 6.87%
  • Occupation: Criminal Prosecutor/Instructor
  • Hardcore Gang Prosecutor, 8 1/2 years
  • Environmental Crimes prosecutor, 4 years
  • Presently responsible for legal training of prosecutors and police officers
  • Instructor, East Los Angeles Community College
  • B.A., Indiana University
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of Law
  • Serve the public by acting with honesty, integrity and honesty
  • Insure the integrity of the judicial system
  • Apply a common sense approach to judicial proceedings
C. Edward Mack Click here for more information about this candidate 57,030 votes 6.64%
  • Occupation: Trial Attorney
  • 18 years of legal experience, 5 Civil, 13 Criminal
  • Tried over 100 jury trials
  • Veteran of the U.S. Air Force
  • Winner of American Jurisprudence Family Law Book Award & Recipient of 2003 Melvin N. Cody Encouragement Award
  • Former President-Elect of the CA Assoc. of Black Lawyers (CABL)
  • President of the Afro American Film Institute
  • Equity for all litigants, no matter what background, creed or disability
  • Court budget, cutbacks, closed courtrooms and layoffs of court employees
  • Stopping gang killings, violence and other gang crimes

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Official Information

State of California Commission on Judicial Performance
League of Women Voters Candidate Forum (all L.A. County Judicial Candidates invited to participate)

February 15, 2004, 2:30-4:30pm
West Covina City Council Chambers, 1444 W. Garvey South; Co-Sponsors, LWV Whittier, ESGV, & L.A. County; info 562 947 3634
Bar Association Resources

Final Report of the L.A. County Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee

California Bar Attorney Search
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