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Los Angeles County Superior CourtCandidate for Judge, Seat 60

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Stepan W. Baghdassarian

Attorney at Law
340,993 votes (24.33%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • I would like to give a voice to the people in electing judges.
  • I would like to give back to the community by providing easier access to the law.
  • I would like to make the courtroom a less intimidating place for the people.

Experience

Education

Whittier College School of Law Juris Doctor, Law (J.D.) , law (1988)
University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) , political science (1984)

Biography

 

  • Attorney - 27 years
  • Practiced Litigation, Immigration, Transactional & Corporate Law
  • Private practice - Los Angeles & São Paulo, Brazil
  • Immigrated from Lebanon in 1976
  • Clerked at Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office during law school

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • Armenian Rights Council of America (ARCA)

Individuals (1)

  • Candidate Joe Shammas of California's 29th Congressional District

Questions & Answers

Questions from The League of Women Voters of Los Angeles County ILO (1)

Do you favor alternative, non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders and what options should be available?
Answer from Stepan W. Baghdassarian:

Yes, I do favor alternative to non-jail sentences for non-violent offenders, unless there are very strong public policy arguments against it for certain non-violent criminals including but not limited to those who prey on the elderly and take away their life savings. 

 

Given the very high cost of incarceration, it is better to keep the non-violent offenders off prison and require violent offenders to finish their full terms, instead of releasing them early, as it is happening currently in California.

 

However, non-violent offenders are not off the hook; they should be required to make restitutions to the victims and to the courts and their whereabouts and activities should be monitored by the probation and parole departments. Given today’s technology, that should be easy to do.

 

Additionally, non-violent offenders should be required to do community service, thus benefiting the community instead of costing the community for their incarceration.

 

In short, giving the courts the option will benefit the community overall.

Videos (1)

Watch Stepan W. Baghdassarian tell his supports why is running for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Office No. 60. 

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