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June 5, 2018 — California Primary Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 126

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Ken Fuller

Deputy District Attorney, County of Los Angeles
354,610 votes (32.42%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Administer justice in a dignified, professional, and fair manner.
  • Hear the voices and input of crime victims and their loved ones, mentor at-risk youth.
  • Prevent the delaying of justice by properly managing court calendars and proactively moving cases toward resolution.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Criminal Prosecutor/ U.S. Air Force Reserve J.A.G.
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2006–current)
Captain/ Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, United States Air Force Reserve (2012–current)
Senior Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2005–2006)
Law Clerk, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2005–2005)
Extern, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office (2004–2005)

Education

United States Air Force Judge Advocate General School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Military Law, Admission into Federal Military Courts, American Trial Lawyers Association Excellence in Advocacy Award, Military Law, Fiscal Law, Operations Law, Civil Law, Contracts, Military Justice, Legal Assistance, Wills and Trusts (2013)
United States Air Force Officer Training School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Force Training Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Officer Commission by Order of the President of the United States, Basic Training of Commissioned Officers (2012)
University of Southern California Gould School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (2005)
University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Political Science (2002)
University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, Cinema-Television Production (2002)

Community Activities

Member and Contributor, Shriner's Hospital For Children (2007–2018)
Member and Contributor, Talk About Curing Autism/ Autism Society of Los Angeles (2007–2018)
Member/Past President, Los Angeles Harbor Lodge #332 (2007–2012)
Member/Contributor, Long Beach Scottish Rite Speech Delay Program for Children (2008–2010)
Member, San Pedro Kiwanis Club (2008–2010)

Biography

 

    • Criminal prosecutor of Gang Murder, Environmental Crimes, Child Molestation, and Domestic/Elder Abuse
    • J.A.G. Military in-house counsel/officer with criminal and civil experience
    • Tried 75 Jury Trials and 150 Court Trials
    • Endorsed by elected officials, judges, prosecutors, and unions.
    • Awarded U.S. Air Force Excellence in Advocacy Award

As a seasoned prosecutor, Ken Fuller has protected the community by holding accountable environmental polluters/ corrupt corporations, hardcore gang murderers, and child molesters.

In addition to his full time career as a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, Ken has demonstrated an even greater purpose and deep love for our country through his choice to serve as a Captain in the United States Air Force JAG Corp.

Ken has been in various specialized units of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, including the:
Hardcore Gang Division;
Environmental Crimes Division; and
Victim Impact Program (VIP) which specializes in the prosecution of sex crimes, domestic violence, elder abuse, and child abuse.

Ken has impressively handled thousands of criminal cases and has tried more than a hundred cases to verdict over a legal career that spans thirteen years in adult, juvenile and military courts and has a favorable jury trial verdict of over 90%. He was awarded the coveted American Trial Lawyers Association Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy from the United States Air Force JAG Corp in 2013.

COMMUNITY:
Ken’s service to the community doesn’t end there. Ken has proudly taught at risk fifth grade students every week for the last seven years in the LADA Project LEAD program. He teaches his students about gang intervention, bullying, tolerance and criminal justice. He holds this program near to his heart.

Ken has also participated twice in the federally funded Community Law Enforcement and Recovery Program (CLEAR), meeting regularly with police, probation officers, and the citizens of Watts and Baldwin Village to better the community.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:
Having graduated from the highly selective USC Gould School of Law, Ken has a solid academic foundation. He received numerous honors as well as being selected as a staff writer for the USC Interdisciplinary Law Journal. Ken graduated in the top 20 percent of his class in legal writing and research courses. He also graduated from USC as an undergraduate, earning two bachelor’s degrees, magna cum laude, one in Cinema-Television Production from the top ranked USC School of Cinematic Arts and the other in Political Science. Ken earned the honor of being designated a USC Renaissance Scholar for excelling in two divergent fields of study at the same time.

FAMILY LIFE:
Ken is a lifelong resident of Southern California and a seventh generation Californian. He is above all a loving husband and proud father of an 11 year old son, 9 year old daughter, and 18 month old son. Ken’s children would argue his best talents are playing the “tickle monster” and his reigning title in the Disney Princess game. His best friend and wife, Roshni Gandhi Fuller, is a former prosecutor herself, and currently practices as a special education attorney.

In his spare time, Ken enjoys traveling with his family, singing, playing guitar, improv comedy, and running marathons.

Ken humbly seeks your support in his effort to achieve a life long dream. Ken believes strongly in a fair judicial process and would work long and hard each day if afforded this opportunity. Please remember to vote for Ken Fuller on June 5, 2018.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Bipartisan endorsement by Cong. Linda Sanchez; DA Steve Cooley(ret.); Assemb. Sharon Quirk-Silva; Mayor Ali Taj, Artesia
  • LA Federation of Labor AFL-CIO, SEIU 721, Mexican American Bar Assoc. PAC, Latino Prosecutors Assoc, SE District Bar.
  • LA Police Protective League, Association of LA Deputy Sheriffs, El Monte & Torrance Police Officers Associations

Organizations (11)

  • Judge Voter Guide
  • Southeast District Bar Association
  • Latino Prosecutors Association
  • Mexican American Bar Association--PAC
  • El Monte Police Officers' Association
  • Torrance Police Officers' Association
  • Los Angeles Police Protective League
  • Association of Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs
  • Service Employees International Union 721
  • Los Angeles Federation of Labor

Elected Officials (29)

  • Judge Pat Connolly, Compton Court
  • Judge Teresa Magno, Compton Courthouse
  • Judge Norm Shapiro, Downtown LA
  • Judge Edmund Clark, Jr., Torrance Court
  • Judge Gary Ferrari, Long Beach Court
  • Judge Lee Tipton (ret.)
  • Judge Carol Rose, Bellflower Court
  • Judge Bernie LaForteza, Downtown LA
  • Judge Judith L. Meyer, Long Beach Court
  • Judge Lori Ann Fournier, Norwalk Court
  • Judge Maggie Miller-Bernal, Norwalk Court
  • Judge Katherine Mader, Downtown LA
  • Judge Russell Moore, Riverside Court
  • Judge Drew Edwards, Downtown LA
  • Judge Amy Carter, Torrance Court
  • Judge Michael Abzug, Downtown LA
  • Judge Bruce Marz, Pomona Court
  • Judge Carol Najera, Long Beach Court
  • Judge Tomson Ong, Long Beach Court
  • Judge Chris Frisco, Long Beach Court
  • Judge Julian Recana, Compton Court
  • Diana Lee Carey, Westminster City Council
  • Larry Caballero, OCCDP Delegate Alternate
  • Suzann Reina, Elected County Central Committee 36 AD LACDP Delegate
  • Jay Chen, Mt. Sac College Trustee/ Navy Officer
  • Mayor Ali Taj of Artesia
  • Congresswoman Linda Sanchez
  • Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
  • District Attorney Steve Cooley, ret.

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 Ken Fuller:

1. Jury trial and courtroom litigation experience is perhaps the best indicator of a judge's competence in the courtroom.  In order to preside over a jury trial one should have extensive experience that arena. 

2. A judge must be versed in the evidence code in order to make quick and decisive rulings.  

3. Breadth and diversity of experience is crucial for judical office.  A judge must be prepared to sit in a variety of courtrooms: criminal, civil, landlord-tenant, family law, etc.  Diversity of experience will allow for a judicial officer to more easily get up to speed on cases from a variety of disciplines. 

4. Leadership experience is important in assessing a judicial candidate.  If a candidate can demonstrate having been placed in high pressure situations requiring quick decisionmaking that affects lives, such experience likely indicates more insight as to how the candidate will react to the immense responsibilty of being a judge.

5. A calm and even tempered demeanor is crucial for judical office.  Judges are quite literally on center stage when they take the bench.  Accordingly, if a candidate has extensive public speaking and performance experience that would indicate a higher comfort level on the bench. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Ken Fuller:

1. Our courts system in Los Angeles County is overcrowded and lacking resources.  In order to ensure that litigants obtain justice in a reasonably expeditious manner, court dockets must be reduced.  This may require additional funding for courtroom expansions, but at the very least requires judicial officers to take more affirmative efforts to move cases toward resolution.  Every court date that does not meaningfully advance the case forward denies justice from being served. 

2. Courts can and should appoint counsel to assist the indigent not only in criminal cases but in selecive civii cases as well.  

3. Pro-bono legal work must be more actively encouraged and incentivized though our tax system, bar dues rates, E&O insurance and mcle credits.  Self-help centers staffed with pro-bono attroney and paralegals should be open throughout the week in every courthourse in the county.

 

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 Ken Fuller:

A judge's duty in setting bail is assessing to what extent the defendant is a flight risk and also the danger to the community if the defendant were released based on the alleged facts of the crime.  Deviations from the bail schedule can be made based on economic hardship and lack of resources which figures into the flight risk assessment. Ultimately our system of bail must be predictable and fairly implemented on a consistent basis.  

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Character

One key aspect of Ken’s character that makes him especially well-suited to be a judge is his even-tempered nature and ability to remain calm even in tense situations. This stems not only from his military and courtroom training but also from his exposure to a variety of life experiences that have allowed him to push beyond his normal comfort zone.

Being multifaceted not only seems to come naturally to him but, with added discipline, has become essential to his philosophy and approach to life. He constantly challenges himself.  To this end, for example, he has run marathons in his 30s. He draws, sings, edits films, performs improvisational comedy, and plays guitar.

 

DA’s Office Career:

Up until now being a Deputy District Attorney has been one of Ken’s life’s greatest gifts. It has not been just a job but a calling, charging him with the responsibility of delivering justice in a fair and dignified manner. Now more than ever, Ken believes he is ready and qualified to take the next step in his life and career by becoming a judge.

Ken has been with of the District Attorney’s office since 2004, starting as a law clerk and moving up the ranks.   

 

Environmental Crimes Division:

Ken is a member of the Environmental Crimes Division, holding accountable corporations and individuals that pollute our environment, illegally poach wildlife, and produce unsafe work conditions causing death.  Ken has worked on cases involving the systematic spilling of toxic waste into our waters, the illegal depositing of contaminants on property where school children play, and the leaking of harmful gases into the air.  The Environmental Crimes Division is also one of the few divisions in the DA’s office that files both criminal and civil cases.  The unit files statewide civil cases against large corporations polluting the environment and engaging in unfair competition.

 

Hardcore Gang Division:

Immediately preceding this assignment, Ken was part of the elite Hardcore Gang Division. During that time, Ken prosecuted homicide cases. While in the Hardcore Gang Division, Ken was twice assigned to a federally funded program called Community Law Enforcement and Recovery program (CLEAR) meant to foster community policing and cooperation with the public in the neighborhoods served.  Ken was assigned to LAPD Southwest while working in downtown Los Angeles and, LAPD Southeast CLEAR while working in Compton and Watts.

 

Central Bureau:

Before the Hardcore Gang Division Ken was assigned to the central bureau of the district attorney’s office. It represented the culmination of a career long dream of trying a large volume of cases.

 

Victim Impact Program (Special Victims Unit: Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, Elder and Child Abuse)

Ken was assigned to the elite Victim Impact Program (VIP) units in both Norwalk and Pomona. During that time he tried cases sex crimes, child molestation, domestic violence, elder abuse, and stalking cases.  The VIP unit experience not only provided Ken with an opportunity to hone his complex litigation skills, but involved some of the most serious and emotionally difficult cases.

 

Military:

Ken is not just a Deputy District Attorney but is also a Reserve Captain in the United States Air Force. Coupled with his civilian experience Ken has been fortunate to gain federal experience trying courts-martial and has repeatedly gone on active duty orders to serve our country and backfill deployed personnel.   The J.A.G. Corp offered him exposure and experience in a variety of legal fields in light of the fact that officers within its ranks are not only prosecutors but also defense attorneys and effectively the “in-house” counsel for the Air Force.  This gave Ken exposure to not only federal criminal practice from the perspective of both sides, but civil as well, including but not limited to labor law, administrative law, contract law, fiscal law, international law, and civil claims/remedies.  In 2016 and 2017, Ken provided more legal assistance service hours to military personnel and their families than any other reservist on his base.  To this end when his duty obligation for the year was complete, he chose to perform additional duty in an unpaid status to further help the brave men and women in our nation’s armed services with their legal affairs.  

 

Compton Juvenile

From October 2008 to October 2009, Ken was assigned to Compton Juvenile Division. During this year long juvenile assignment Ken handled virtually every type of felony adjudication that came through the office.

 

Charity Work:

Ken gives blood and has earned multiple Red Cross gallon donor pins.  He does this in particular, because his blood is CMV negative, lacking antibodies that allow it to be given to babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. He has volunteered for six years as an instructor in Project LEAD, a program where prosecutors teach at risk school children on a weekly basis about a variety of topics including our court system, peer pressure, bullying, tolerance, gang intervention and the importance of education.

 

Business Experience:

Ken worked in the business community, supporting himself through law school as the onsite general manager of a restaurant in Silverlake, living on the premises and being on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Ken also served as an advisor to the parent corporation which included multiple companies underneath its control, including two restaurants, a deli, and a sausage factory. This experience taught him real world management and organizational skills, being exclusively responsible for the supervision of thirty-five employees and gross income receipts of over two-million dollars.

 

CONCLUSION

Ultimately one can see that Ken has endeavored to live in a way that encompasses a wide variety of experiences. He would bring these experiences to the bench while striving to never have a closed mind or be unwilling to consider different perspectives, backgrounds and contributions to our society. Every person is unique and deserving of respect. Professionalism is of the utmost importance on the bench. To that end, Ken would be a fair, even tempered, professional, efficient, and enlightened judicial officer, respected by all coming into his courtroom.

 

 

 

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