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Crime victims rights organizations endorse Hoffman for Judge

From page A10 | October 12, 2012 | 3 Comments

Two leading crime victims’ rights organizations, the Crime Victims Action Alliance (CVAA) and Citizens for Law and Order (CLO), have endorsed Joseph Hoffman for El Dorado County Superior Court judge.

Advocating state laws, regulations and policies that support the rights of victims of violent crime, and holding accountable officials entrusted with ensuring public safety, the CVAA and CLO said Hoffman’s philosophies, experience and widespread support from the legal and law enforcement communities stood out.

“Victims of violent crime deserve consistent, fair and equitable treatment from the state legislature and in our courts,” said Christine Ward, CVAA executive director and president of the CLO. “Joseph Hoffman’s professional accomplishments and resounding support from respected judges, prosecutors and peace officers reaffirm our belief that he is the candidate who is best suited to respect and embrace victims’ rights.”

Hoffman is endorsed by El Dorado County Superior Court Judges Douglas Phimister and Daniel Proud, and is the only candidate backed by local prosecutors and deputy sheriffs.

“As a prosecutor, I’ve found that having a judge in the courtroom who can make the right call is crucial to the outcome of a criminal prosecution,” said Michael Pizzuti, El Dorado County District Deputy Attorney. “Simply put, a judge can make or break a case. Joe Hoffman strikes me as the candidate who possesses the type of sound judgment that is so important for the job; and that is why I am supporting him.”

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Discussion | 3 comments

  • KC TaylorOctober 15, 2012 - 9:19 am

    HOFFMAN IS NOT THE RIGHT GUY FOR THIS JOB! I agree with Paula: Paula Springer October 12, 2012 - 1:18 pm I've seen both judges speak now and heard their thoughts on things. Both seem like very nice, morally good people, YET we are not here to vote on whether they are nice guys or not,-- or how much time they spend coaching soccer, or if they put their signs in the right spot. It's about how they will HANDLE THINGS IN A COURT ROOM and if they will be FAIR. ...Please give "that" some thought. Hoffman doesn't seem to mind throwing the key away on a 16 year old... --said something like "if A 16 year old does an adult crime, he should be tried as an adult." I'm sorry, but IF someone is 16, they are N0T AN ADULT. What Mr. Hoffman shows me is that although some poor 16 year old is not an adult in ANY OTHER INSTANCE, IF they make a stupid 16 year old mistake, does the crime, Hoffman would in all likelyhood "change the rules & legal age" and make them an adult BECAUSE he CAN.....!? We don't charge the 20 year old as a 17 year old to fit a particular situation? Why is Hoffman so in favor of a double standard to suite the judge, courts--OR DA perhaps? Personally I don't even think 21 year olds think like an adult, much less a 16 year old. Do your own little test, look around as you are out in the malls, restaurants, bars, clubs. I volunteer for a Food Bank, I see these young adults come in, they just aren't "Grown ups" by any means just because of what year is on their birth certificate. Why not try to work "with them" instead of just giving up on them and making it easy on the courts. I doubt Mr. Hoffman will look at a big picture, with his harsh strong points of view and that scares me for the next generation too. There are so many extending circumstances; a particular child might be mentally ill, drug addicted, a special ed student with just enough of a disability to alter his judgement, perhaps in the process of finding a perscribed medication or anti depressant by trial and error, they might be a child of abuse; there could be a huge ariety of reasons and I sure wish someone would come to the rescue of some stupid kid that just doesn't "get it" and CLEARLY there would be a MUCH better chance in Stracner's Courtroom of a positive outcome. Hoffman a young man I'd say in his late 30's shared that he gives his own clients advice on how to raise their kids AND BRAGGED ABOUT it. Another pompus statement that has no merit to me; Unless a parent is drug addicted or abusive there is no place for telling someone how to raise their kids--then to BRAG ABOUT IT at a FORUM WHILE TRYING TO GET ELECTED --hmmmmmmm....Sounds very set in his ways for such a young man... Stracner seems to be MORE OF HIS OWN MAN, giving his OWN thoughts, not simply following in the footsteps of our other elected officials. Hoffman lost my vote with the mentality that a 16 year old is an ADULT, BY ANY MEANS!

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  • NRA MomOctober 15, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    Aren't these 2 organizations ones that Hoffman has given hefty donations to? And Judge Stracener does have many local attorneys and sheriffs that are for him but they choose to not come out publically to be harassed by Holland, Riordan, and Steers. Guys if you truly did your research ( instead of following the " Good old boys", then you would have the " Real Truth" and that is: Stracener has been doing a great job on the bench and should stay there. VOTE JUDGE STRACENER !

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  • TinaJanuary 29, 2013 - 5:57 pm

    Please see "Abuse and Torture of Autistic Man Must be Punished" on youtube. It shows the need to expose those who take advantage of vulnerable special children and adults who can't defend themselves against abusive home health workers. Autistic children who will always live at home and need constant care are especially vulnerable to abusive caretakers who will prey on families need for respite.

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