Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Miguel Espinoza holds video arraignments in his nearly empty courtroom at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center amid COVID-19 restrictions in 2020. (Myung J. Chun/Los Angeles Times)California uses a hybrid system to select its trial judges, including the nearly 500 who serve on the Los Angeles County Superior Court. Office 70: Holly HancockHolly Hancock is an experienced deputy public defender who has handled a significant number of jury trials. She has the edge over Deputy Public Defender Kevin Thomas McGurk, who also is a well-regarded trial lawyer. Office 116: David GelfoundGelfound is a highly regarded Los Angeles Superior Court judge who is being challenged by Deputy Public Defender Lloyd Handler on spurious grounds.
Source: Los Angeles Times May 13, 2022 19:49 UTC