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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Metropolitan News-Enterprise Endorses David Berger for Judge

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.

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12 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Met News was right about almost all the races in 2014, but they're wrong here. Deputy AG Kim Nguyen will appeal to the young voters who will dominate this election, and she's got the LA Times endorsement. It won't even be close.

Anonymous said...

Onica Colle has a much better name and ballot title that Kim Ngyuen and she has actually tried cases and been a judge. Onica will get more votes than Kim in June and has a very good chance to win with or without endorsements.

Anonymous said...

I agree with 10:02am, Onica is going to kick ass in this election. She's smart, sassy and savvy.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who runs a blog like this will automatically be "papered" if he gets on the bench; look forward to a career on small claims or traffic court! The only benefit is getting Berger out of the DA's office (which is why he got the DA's endorsement) and out of the state bar.

Anonymous said...

Highly prized endorsement? This newsletter is not worth the paper it's printed on (that's why it has 0 weight in elections).

Anonymous said...

5:42am. So Berger wins and goes to traffic court because of this blog? You are right he deserves to win. It was Berger who outed Carmen "I am a Liar" Trutanich's bogus claim of being shot by gang members while prosecuting the Williams case. Yesterday, the LA Times published an article stating that a federal judge overturned the guilty verdict that Trutanich used for his campaign for DA, finding that Trutanich committed prosecutorial misconduct in that case. You can't make this stuff up.
http://www.latimes.com/local/cityhall/la-me-trutanich-death-penalty-misconduct-20160425-story.html
Can you imagine what would have happened if Trutanich had become DA, and then we get this ruling? The fish rots from the head, and thanks to Berger, Trutanich's political career is 'sleeping with the fishes.'
LA County needs judges who can be independent and brave enough to see justice is done, despite political pressure.

Anonymous said...

According to the LA County Bar, not qualified.

Anonymous said...

10:07PM Saw that too. Can’t understand how the LA Times endorsed him after that. Maybe it was a mistake? I also saw LACBA also gave someone with a criminal conviction and a bankruptcy a qualified rating. And they also gave someone who has never tried a case a well qualified rating. All very strange. It looks like there was an effort by someone to try to skew the ratings, after all, Berger has always been controversial and upset more than a few politicians with the way he puts clown hats on their heads. That’s why I like Berger - he’s not afraid to speak his mind and go against the establishment. He’ll probably pick up a lot of votes from the Bernie supporters who hate the Democratic Party leadership and voted against all the people on he Dem slates.

Anonymous said...

FYI Berger claims he's Exceptionally Well Qualified in most of the mailers I've received.

Anonymous said...

How come there's no Dragnet endorsements this year? Berger too scared to admit he's up a creek without a paddle? Kim Nguyen has this thing in the bag from what I hear. Naser 'Nas' Khoury is on tv, radio and big billboards. Expect the runoff to be between those two. Berger will have to go back to blogging on the county dime.

Anonymous said...

The LA Times endorsed before the County Bar Ratings. Berger is a disgrace and if elected, will face an immediate inquiry by the Judicial Ethics Council on his misleading advertising.

Anonymous said...

9:33PM Never let the facts stand in the way of a cheap shot. The LA Times specifically referred to the Clowns at LABCA and said they were wrong. The Met News said the same thing 2 days earlier. Knock yourself out.