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Los Angeles County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Smart Voter Political Philosophy for Randy Hammock

Candidate for
Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 28

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First and foremost, I believe strongly in Law and Order in our society. Persons convicted of serious crimes should do serious time.

However, even in our efforts to reduce crime and to make our community safer, we must never fail to recognize that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and to certain fundamental rights. These rights, though, must be carefully balanced against the rights of victims, witnesses and even the jurors who decide these cases.

In my experiences from 1998 to 1999 as a volunteer Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles Municipal Court, and from 2000-2007 as a volunteer Temporary Judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court, and moreover, in my current employment as a Superior Court Referee since July, 2007, I have learned many important things about being a judicial officer, including the fact that people simply want to be heard + they want their "day in court." Attorneys, as well as the parties themselves, are willing to accept the decisions a judge makes (even if that decision is adverse to them) if they believe that the judge actually listened to them and actually understood their position.

As a person who has taken and passed a likely-record number of state bar examinations, I have an extremely broad and extensive knowledge of the law. As a seasoned litigator, an experienced trial attorney, and as a current sitting judicial officer, I have a great understanding of court procedure and of the rules of evidence.

I am running for judge for one simple reason: I strongly believe that I would be an excellent judge and that I would serve this community with honor, respect and distinction.

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