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Judicial

Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 63

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Malcolm H. Mackey

Judge, L.A. Superior Court
839,037 votes (77.17%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Judiciary integrity and Independence
  • Equal access, fairness and justice
  • Helping people solve their problems with the government and with each other

Experience

Experience

Profession:Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court
Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court — Elected position (1978–current)
Trial Lawyer, Self-Employed (1959–1978)
Associate Attorney, Bolton, Groff & Dunne Law Offices (1958–1959)
Sales Representatives, Richfield Oil Company (1954–1955)
Sales Representative, Tidewater Oil Company (1951–1954)
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (1946–1948)

Education

New York University, Southwestern Law School Bachelor of Arts (A.B.); Juris Doctor (J.D.), psychology, law (1958)
Southwestern Law School Juris Doctor (J.D.), law (1958)
NYU Bachelor of Arts (A.B.), psychology (1951)

Community Activities

Member, California Judges Association (1978–current)
Member, Los Angeles Judges Association (1978–current)
Past President, International Academy of Trial Judges (2011–2011)
Past Trustee, Los Angeles County Bar Association (1978–1979)
Past President, Lawyers Club of Los Angeles (1976–1976)

Biography

  • U.S Marine Corps, Corporal, Honorable Discharge
  • NYU, A.B.
  • Southwestern Law School, L.L.B. Juris Doctor
  • Associate Attorney for Bolton, Groff & Dunne
  • Trial lawyer- own law practice for 19 years
  • Elected Judge of Los Angeles Municipal Court in 1978 - 1988
  • Elected to Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court in 1988 - 2018

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Kevin Brazile, Assistant Presiding Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Justice Ming W. Chin, Supreme Court Justice
  • Daniel Buckley, Presiding Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court

Organizations (2)

  • Metropolitan News
  • Italian Lawyers Association

Elected Officials (1)

  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council

Individuals (6)

  • Arthur Gilbert, Presiding Justice of the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Six
  • Norman I. Epstein, Presiding Justice of the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Four
  • Lee Smiley Edmond, Presiding Justice of the 2nd District Court of Appeal, Division Three
  • James Hanh, former Mayor of City of Los Angeles, former City Attorney and Judge of Los Angeles Superior Court
  • Carlos Moreno, California Supreme Court Justice (Retired)
  • Robert Mallano, Presiding Justice of the 2nd District Court of appeal, Division One (Retired)

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 Malcolm H. Mackey:

The experience of a judge in the handling of criminal and civil cases. Also, the judges knowledge of law applicable to tha case. The ability to apply the principles of decency, honesty and fair play to his decisions. 

How can courts and judges better assure that all people have adequate access to legal help and the legal system?
Answer from Malcolm H. Mackey:

We need to improve court business processes, increase outreach , civic education, leverage technnology and ensure that our court system is adequately funded. 

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 Malcolm H. Mackey:

Yes, it should be reform. I recommend that the bail system be modified to allow defendants to be release to their own recognizant while awaiting trial where it appears they would be able to return to court

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

To handle all cases with equal access, fairness and justice. Also, to uphold the integrity and independence of the judiciary. I feel that I can help people solve their problems with the government and with each other. 

Position Papers

Upholding the Integrity and Independence of the Judiciary

Summary

An independent and honorable Judiciary is indespensible to justice and our society. As a Judge, I will participate in establishing, maintaining, and enforcing high standards of conduct and I will personally observed those standards, so that the integrity and independence of the judiciary will be preserved.

An independent and honorable judiciary is indespensible to justice and our society. As a judge I will established, maintain and enforced the high standards of conduct, and i will personally observed those standards so that the integrity and independence of judiciary will be preserve. 

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