Sunday, April 3, 2016
Met News Endorses Steven Schreiner for Judge of the Superior Court
Thursday, March 31, 2016. The Los Angeles Metropolitan News-Enterprise delivered a powerful boost to Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner's bid to become Judge of the Superior Court endorsing the veteran prosecutor's candidacy.
The endorsement follows two lengthy articles on the four candidates for Office Number 11, with the Met News outlining Deputy District Attorney Debra Archuleta's candidacy on March 29, 2016, and those of Schreiner, fellow DDA Paul Kim, and private practitioner Jonathan Malek on March 30, 2016.
Archuleta, it seems, failed to impress the Met News quite comprehensively. Having told the Met News that she would be '“shocked” if she did not receive the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s highest rating for judicial candidates of “exceptionally well qualified,”' Archuleta is likely less than pleased at the Met New's opinion of her candidacy. Fellow DDA Paul Kim fared better than Archuleta and was considered a "worthy candidate" by the Met News. Despite the appellation, Kim nonetheless lost out to Schreiner's "greater wisdom and insights," the Met News said. Malek received praise for his candor in admitting to virtually no trial experience, but simply lacked the experience and knowledge to be ready for a judgeship, according to the Met News.
The Met News endorsements are widely read and valued among the legal community as well as other publications, organizations and civic leaders engaged in the endorsement process. For Schreiner, the endorsement will likely add gravitas to his candidacy as he seeks the endorsement and support of other influential groups.
There is, regrettably, something of a Ballot Designation Battle underway between some of the candidates for Office Number 11. On March 23, 2016 the Met News reported that Schreiner has challenged Archuleta's use of "Violent Crimes Prosecutor" as her ballot designation on the basis that she has been assigned to the prosecution of White Collar Crimes for the past two years. Those crimes are rarely, if ever, crimes of violence. It appears that Archuleta's claim to the designation arises from a domestic violence case she tried in December 2014 while in her previous assignment. That case is awaiting re-trial following a hung jury, the Met News reported.
Kim has challenged Schreiner's use of "Gang Murder Prosecutor," saying that "Murder Prosecutor" is more appropriate. The essence of Kim's claim appears to be that he believes Schreiner prosecutes murderers who are gang members but do not commit a gang crime, rather than gang members who commit murders in the furtherance of criminal gang activity within the meaning of Penal Code §186.22(b). Kim declared that a 186.22 allegation is “what makes it a gang case.”' he told the Met News.
Both ballot designation battles will be decided by reference to pertinent portions of the Elections Code; §13107(a)(3) requires a ballot designation to be "No more than three words designating either the current principal professions, vocations, or occupations of the candidate, or the principal professions, vocations, or occupations of the candidate during the calendar year immediately preceding the filing of nomination documents." Election Code §13107(b)(1) prohibits a ballot designation that could be misleading to voters. Given that the LA County Registrar/Recorder has to print the ballots well in advance of the June 7, 2016 election, a decision on these challenges is likely imminent.