"Civil rights are meaningless if they cannot be enforced in the courts with jury trials."

- Anthony Lewis
Candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge

I am a civil rights attorney, and I am opposing an incumbent judge who has a long history of frustrating the right to a jury trial and improperly entering judgments in favor of defendants in civil rights cases involving claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and even rape.

The right to a jury trial is the hallmark of the American justice system.  I strongly believe in that right, and I understand how important it is to our democracy.  This year, I will begin my twentieth year of practicing law. I will also celebrate the tenth anniversary of opening my own law firm, which has been devoted to protecting the rights of people with claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, and other civil rights violations.

My opponent, on the other hand, has a poor record in these types of matters.  He has been reversed by the California appellate courts in numerous cases, including when he improperly nullified a race discrimination jury verdict with his own opinion that the defendant should prevail.  This led U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and then-California Assemblywoman (now Los Angeles County Supervisor) Sheila Kuehl to call for public hearings (see http://articles.latimes.com/1996-11-26/local/me-3194_1_discrimination-case).

In his decision to void the jury verdict for the plaintiff in a race discrimination claim and substitute it for his own decision in favor of the defendant, my opponent said “Our ancestors came across the plains in covered wagons; they were tough. Minorities need to be tough in the workplace--they can't react to every comment."

Congresswoman Waters, speaking of my opponent, noted the language he used in reaching his decision to void the jury verdict.  "I'm sorry the judge doesn't think we're tough enough. His ancestors may have come across the plains in wagons. Mine came across the sea in chains. How tough do we need to be?"

Assemblywoman Kuehl, speaking of my opponent, said “Some employers and, apparently, some judges are actually undermining the whole area of discrimination law… These judges and these companies not only don't get it. They apparently don't care that they don't get it.

Kuehl also described my  opponent as "the same judge who, responding in 1980 to a paternity charge against him by a Filipino woman, told a reporter, ‘Were this woman white, this situation never would have come up because this woman is . . . irrational.’”

At this critical juncture in our nation’s history, it is time to support a new era of justice.  Thank you for your vote on June 5, 2018!

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