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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 118

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David D. Diamond

Police Commissioner/Attorney
452,286 votes (41.69%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Allow every litigant the right to be heard.
  • Treat every litigant with respect and fairness.
  • Be fair and transparent, open-minded and well-prepared.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Attorney/Judge Pro Tem/Police Commissioner
Attorney, Law Offices of David D. Diamond (2001–current)
Chair, Police Commission, City of Burbank — Appointed position (2016–current)
Vice President- Local Little League, Board of Directors — Elected position (2017–current)

Education

Southwestern Law School (SCALE 2 year program) JD, Law (2000)
Michigan State University B.S., International Relations/Economics/Political Science (1995)

Biography

I have practiced law for 18 years. I am fortunate enough to have a wide array of experience in the courtroom. I have litigated criminal, civil, and family law matters. I am a State Bar Certified, Criminal Law Specialist and honorably serve as the Chair of the Burbank Police Commission. I have handled over 4000 matters, included numerous jury trials to verdict.
  • Litigated thousands of misdemeanor and felony matters.
  • LACBA Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments, Appointed Counsel
  • Handled hundreds of civil law matters.
  • Argued before the District Court of Appeals multiple times.
  • Argued before the Los Angeles and Riverside County Court Appellate Divisions.
  • Volunteer Temporary Judge in Los Angeles County handling restraining orders, civil matters, and infractions.
  • I graduated Michigan State University- 1995 with a B.S. in Economics/Political Science.
  • I attended the SCALE (2 year) law school program at Southwestern Law School.
  •  I have taught criminal justice at National University and served as an associate adjunct professor of law at Southwestern School of Law. I was pleased to present lectures to a law school audience, entitled “confidence in the courtroom” and “trial evidence.” I am the co-founder of the CACJ National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition (National Mock Trial Law School Competition). I am a volunteer football and baseball coach and a member of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (5)

  • Los Angeles County Democrats
  • Stonewall Democratic Club
  • Los Angeles Federation of Labor
  • American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) District Council 36
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPD Union)

Elected Officials (2)

  • Former Burbank Mayor and current City Council member, Bob Frutos (Retired LAPD)
  • Ventura County District Attorney (Ret.) Michael D. Bradbury

Individuals (3)

  • Los Angeles Superior Court (Ret.) Judge Lester E. Olsen
  • Oscar Winslow (President of the Los Angeles City Attorney's Association) (Retired LAPD)
  • Judges from all over Los Angeles County

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 David D. Diamond:

Background, experience, and training.  As a State Bar Certified legal specialist, I am honoroed to shate this distinction with only 4% of the lawyers in the State of California.  

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from David D. Diamond:

Treat each litigant with dignity and equality.  Make sure that each case is treated as if it is the only case 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 David D. Diamond:

The current changes to the bail system are more than overdue.  New case law requires a Judge to make a full and detailed inquiry about an individual's financial status.  This will allow many to return to their families and places of employment while the court process moves forward and allows for a just resolution for all parties involved.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

If elected as a Superior Court Judge, I will focus on fairness, open access to the court system, integrity, judicial temperance, and respect for the process.

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