Of the four 'open' seats in the upcoming June 7, 2016 Judicial Election, no race is more crowded that that for Office No. 158 where five candidates are vying to replace retiring Judge Elden S. Fox. On Friday, April 22, 2016, Los Angeles' leading legal newspaper, the Metropolitan News-Enterprise, gave veteran prosecutor Deputy District Attorney David Berger its highly-prized endorsement.
"One candidate in this race stands out: Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney David Berger." the Met News said. "Composed, articulate and knowledgeable, he would run a court in a steady and effective manner. Berger has a quick mind, and would render reasoned decisions without long pondering." The Met News concluded "... it is clear that David Berger possesses credential far exceeding those of any of his rivals. We endorse his candidacy." The full text of the editorial endorsement can be seen here.
The editorial came after the Met News had published in-depth reviews of all the candidates, with "complex and controversial" David Berger having been profiled on Tuesday April 19, 2016. The Met News noted Berger's British background, his authorship of this blog, crime-fighting efforts, and his robust support from former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley (2000-2012) who said of Berger "He is very smart, principled, and sees the dynamics of complex situations. He is also courageous." The Met News reported.
Deputy City Attorney Onica Valle Cole and Criminal Defense Attorney Naser "Nas" Khoury were profiled on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, and Deputy District Attorney Fred Mesropi and Deputy Attorney General Kim Nguyen were profiled on Thursday, April 21, 2016.
The Metropolitan News-Enterprise is widely read in Los Angeles' legal community, and while the endorsement is of considerable significance among legal professionals, the 115 year old journal is the source of information for others who follow the judicial races and value the in-depth coverage afforded by no other source.
Thus far the Met News has endorsed Superior Court Judge Kathryn Solorzano for Office No. 165, Deputy District Attorney Steven Schreiner for Office No. 11, and Superior Court Judge James Kaddo for Office No. 60.