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Judge, Seat 42 —Los Angeles County Superior CourtNovember 8, 2016 —California General Election

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November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Los Angeles County Superior CourtJudge, Seat 42

Election Results

  • 100% of precincts reporting (4,988/4,988).

About this office

Superior court judges preside over trial court cases, both civil and criminal. They hear witnesses' testimony and other evidence and decide cases by applying the law to the relevant facts.
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Child Molestation Prosecutor
1,646,612 votes (60.59%)Winning
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  • Protecting our children and community
  • Treating everyone fairly, with dignity and respect
  • Apply the law equitably by treating everyone individually and without prejudice
Profession:Child Molestation Prosecutor
Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney (1997–current)
School Board President, Whittier City School District Board of Education — Elected position (2005–current)
Governing Board Member, PIH Health — Elected position (2007–current)
UCLA School of Law Juris Doctorate, Law (1997)
UCLA Bachelor of Arts, Sociology / Business Adminsitration Emphasis (1992)
President, Mexican American Bar Association (2001–2014)
Legal Volunteer, First AME Church (2005–2006)

 

  • Extensive Courtroom Experience and Lead Prosecutor in Hundreds of Criminal Cases

  • Assigned to Prosecute the Worst Child Molesters

  • Endorsed by Jackie Lacey, Steve Cooley and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon

  • UCLA School of Law Graduate

  • Bar Association President & Attorney Mentor

Mr. Aceves began his legal career at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office in 1997. During his time as a criminal prosecutor, Mr. Aceves has garnered a stellar reputation amongst his peers, Superior Court Judges and opposing counsel. He is known for his intellect, thoroughness, fairness, and relentless pursuit of justice. He has tried over 100 jury trials ranging from Special Circumstances Murder, Gang Related Murder, Mayhem, Rape, Child Molestation, Carjacking, and Kidnapping.

Mr. Aceves has devoted the majority of his career as a prosecutor to fighting against crimes perpetrated against women and children. He is currently assigned to the Victim Impact Program (“VIP”), where he primarily handles the most serious of Domestic Violence and Child Molestation Cases.

Mr. Aceves has also been lecturing and instructing judges and lawyers regarding the American system of justice and how to become more effective in the courtroom. He has used his vast trial experience to teach trial advocacy skills to prosecutors, attorneys, and law students.

Mr. Aceves currently serves as the President of the Whittier City School District Board of Education.  During his ten-year service on the board of education, he has helped transform the district by focusing on accountability and insisting on transparency.  Last year, the Whittier City School District received an award for being one of the most improved districts in the State of California.

Mr. Aceves also serves on the PIH Health System Board of Directors, an important regional health organization in Los Angeles County that serves the cities of Whittier, Norwalk, Santa Fe Spring, Pico Rivera, Montebello, Hacienda Heights, and La Mirada. In this capacity, Mr. Aceves ensures patients treated at the organization’s two hospitals and several clinics are provided with the highest quality medical care.

 

Mr. Aceves was the first Deputy District Attorney elected to serve as President of the Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County in 2007. During his ten-year tenure on the board, he was instrumental in establishing the association’s first international chapter and an annual legal fair that provides free legal advice to residents of Los Angeles County.  

 

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Alternative sentencing

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?

Answer from Efrain Matthew Aceves:


I believe that non-violent offenders and first time offenders should have the opportunity to pay their debt to society without being saddled lifetime consequences that makes it difficult for them to become productive members of society.  Our prisons should be a place for violent offenders.  We cannot afford to continue to pay the high price of prison incarceration for low level offenders.  Programs that address the needs of our veterans, the mentally ill and the youth need to be available throughout the entire county.  Specifically, a program entitled Court to College Program available to young non-violent offenders available at the Norwalk Courthouse where I am assigned, is the type of program that needs to be emulated and made widely available 

 

— October 26, 2016 Charter Cable

An interview focusing on Efrain Aceves' background and qualifications to run for superior court judge.

Attorney at Law
1,070,838 votes (39.41%)
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  • To treat everyone who comes into court with fairness, courtesy, dignity,and respect
  • Equal access to justice to all parties.
  • To be fair, unbiased and thorough in examination of the facts and circumstances of each case on the merits.
Profession:Community based Attorney
Partner/Litigating Attorney, Law Offices of Molina & Molina (2011–current)
Litigating Attorney, Moving Forward USA (Vamos Unidos USA) (2009–2010)
Division Director,Litigating Attorney, Accredited Representative, Paralegal, International Institute of Los Angeles (Non-Profit) (1995–2009)
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, CA Juris Doctor (J.D.), Law (1995)
University of California Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), History (1990)
Volunteer/Pro Bono Attorney, Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law (2014–current)
Board Member, Hope Heals Hearts (H3) (2012–current)
Vice President, Mexican American Bar Association-Political Action Committee (MABA-PAC) (2009–2016)
  • UCLA and Loyola Law Graduate
  • Over a Decade of Litigation
  • Respected Community Leader 
  • Ethical, Fair, Thorough and Unbiased

I believe I am well qualified for the position of Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Seat 42 because my life experiences and formal education, at UCLA and Loyola Law School, allow me to be fair and impartial and everyone will benefit from the perspective I will bring to the bench.

I’m a lifelong resident of the City of Montebello and I’m a small business owner of the Law Offices of Molina and Molina in the City of Huntington Park.  I have dedicated my entire life to serving the community by providing legal services to the poor, the disadvantaged, and the LGBT community in areas of Domestic Violence, Immigration, and Family law. 

I worked for 14 years at a non-profit, the International Institute of Los Angeles serving the Boyle Heights community.  For the Last two years I have volunteered and provided Pro-Bono legal services at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law.

I think it is important to have diversity on the bench.This includes having a diverse legal background as well as knowing how to balance when you need to be tough and firm  as well as when you need to show compassion and understanding.

My goal as a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge is to be firm yet fair with the application of the law to ensure equal justice to all. We need a judge that is qualified and experienced with a strong understanding of the law yet is in touch with the social economic fabric of the community.

I have dedicated myself to serve the people of the County of Los Angeles. Being a local of Los Angeles, I am well acquainted with the local problems and the challenges of our communities.  My sole aim is to serve the people of Los Angeles irrespective of race, color, sexual orientation, creed and religion.

 

1.
Alternative sentencing

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?

Answer from Alicia Molina:

Our jails are over crowded and we need to make sure there is room and money to incarcerate the violent offenders who are a threat to our communities therefore I am in favor of alternative sentencing of non-violent offenders. I believe we need to find productive alternative sentencing and/or rehabilitation for non-violent offenders. We must create new programs which have a drug/alcohol program, a mental health component, GED or trade/employment/life skills program in order to ensure that the offenders will have the appropriate skills to be able to become productive citizens and break the cycle of recidivism.

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