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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 60

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Holly L. Hancock

Attorney at Law
1,015,621 votes (44.4%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • If elected, I am interested in pursuing rehabilitation and reconciliation in sentencing as a priority.
  • The youth of our county need to be prepared to enter adult life, I will endeavor in my review of juvenile cases to make their prepation a priority.
  • Looking at all sides of the issues involved, listening to the attorneys with respect and dignity.

Experience

Education

Southwestern University School of Law I received my Juris Doctor from Southwestern University School of Law., Law (2004)

Community Activities

Current Teen Advisor/Former Vice-President, Parliamentarian, Jack And Jill of America, Inc. (2005–current)
Member, Former President, Black Public Defender's Association (2007–current)
Board Member, Ways and Means, Black Women Lawyers Bar Association (2013–2014)
Parent Advisory Board, St. Jerome School (2006–2010)

Biography

  • 12-year defense counsel to thousands of clients.
  • Tried to verdict 55 cases;  34 felonies;  Acquittals in 29 felonies and 18 misdemeanors.
  • Straight not guilty verdicts on the last 11 trials.
  • Flight attendant for United and union representative for AFA.  

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County (3)

What criteria are most important for voters to use in evaluating judicial candidates?
Answer from Holly L. Hancock:

The background of the candidate is most important.  Do they have the experience and the community involvement necessary?  While I am an attorney with extensive trial experience.  I have additionally worked as a teen advisor and in bar associations raising scholarship money for teens and law graduates. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Holly L. Hancock:

Courts have been designed to help the homeless, veterans, and those afflicted with drug addiction. People from the community reintegrate through better access to medical and life skills help.  In this way, alternative sentencing helps the individual navigate the legal challenges [s]he is faced with.  Judges are the administrators of the court budget and determine when and how many of these alternative courts are created within the confines of the state funding.  Individually, judges can sentence young adults, teens, and juveniles to school, training and correctional classes.  Recent changes in the law allow judges to create diversion programs for the mentally il and veterans suffering from PTSD.  All of these measures allow people to return to the community better than when they intersected the legal system.

Most defendants are held in County jail before trial because they are not able, due to low income or homelessness, to secure bail imposed by the Court at their arraignment.  Does California’s system of imposing bail on defendants need reform?  If so, what would you recommend?
Answer from Holly L. Hancock:

Yes, the system of securing bail has been made unaffordable by all but the wealthy.  I would venture to say that in Los Angeles County the middle class struggles to put up secured property sufficient for a bond release.  Remember that this is pretrial detention.  The majority of the accused are then held in the jails with those who are serving sentences for both felonies and misdemeanors.  The concept of posting bail is to secure the defendant's return to the court.  In the Humphrey case, the consideration goes not to a suggested bail by the state but to the cash bond that the accused can afford.  Most people are a part of the community.  They have families to support.  Some consideration should be made to their continued ability to work and support those families.  If they are posting the amount that they can afford, there is some certainty that they will return to court if only to get the return of their hard-earned money.  Although the governor recently signed a new law regarding bail reform the final version of the was much changed.  Ultimately, the judges will still decide to release or detain with a bail set.

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