Charles M. Calderon2014 Candidate for Judge of the Superior Court Office 48 - Los Angeles County, California
- Retired Lawmaker Assemblymember
- Former State Senator
- Former State Assemblymember
- Former Los Angeles City Deputy Attorney
- Former Montebello Unified School District Board Member
- Former consumer and environmental lawyer
- Make sure that everyone gets their day in court and that they are treated fairly, impartially and with dignity
- Access to justice
- Adequate court funding
- State Treasurer and former State Attorney General Bill Lockyer
- Speaker of the California State Assembly John Pérez
- Los Angeles County Superior Court Presiding Judge David Wesley
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What specific personal qualities make you especially qualified to be a judge?
As a criminal prosecutor, civil litigator, state lawmaker and consumer lawyer, I have dedicated myself to the fair administration of justice. My career has been driven by my commitment to diversity and leadership. For more than 40 years, including my time as Chair of the State Senate Judiciary Committee, I have approached each case and legal argument with discretion, sound judgment and emotional discipline. I hope to bring my extensive legal and legislative background, and passion for the fair and equal administration of the law to this prestigious office.
Do you favor alternative sentences for non-violent offenders in view of the current prisoner overcrowding problems, and if so, what options should be available?
Generally, yes. The principle is worthy and many studies have shown this approach to be more cost effective when compared to how this class of offenders was treated before 2000. However, recent studies also suggest that the new class of offenders may be more likely to be repeat offenders. Perhaps some limited jail time should be imposed for failure to faithfully comply with the terms of probation in relation to the requirements of drug treatment as an incentive.