The California State Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s ruling against Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon today in a case which was brought by the 800 members of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County who were represented in court by Nathan Hochman (@NathanHochmanAG), the California Republican Party endorsed candidate for Attorney General.
The court upheld a preliminary injunction against Gascon that requires him to enforce the state’s “Three Strike Law”.
“[LA DA Gascon] is an elected official who must comply with the law, not a sovereign with absolute, unreviewable discretion,” the court’s ruling said. “The [Three Strikes] statute leaves no discretion for a prosecutor [like LA DA Gascon] to act on his or her own judgment or opinion concerning the propriety of pleading a prior strike.”
The lawsuit was originally filed in December 2020 in California superior court and a judge ruled against Gascon on Feb. 9, 2021, Gascon then appealed the ruling.
“The court of appeals issued a major ruling today against district attorneys that want to put their personal opinions above the law and the safety of Californians,” Hochman said. “Hopefully today marks the first in a series of defeats for “King Gascon” and other district attorneys who have chosen to put their politics above their obligation to follow the law and protect their constituents.”
Hochman has served as an Assistant US Attorney for the Central District of California and as a US Assistant Attorney General for the US Department of Justice. Hochman has also worked as a civil litigator, defense and appellate attorney, and general counsel, and clerked for a US District Court Judge. His years of community involvement include membership on numerous charitable boards and serving as President of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission.
Learn more about Hochman: https://www.nathanhochman.com/about/