Friday, December 22, 2006
Governor Names Three to Los Angeles Superior Court
By a MetNews Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger named Alan B. Honeycutt, Edward B. Moreton Jr. and Michael Villalobos to judgeships in the Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.
Honeycutt, 36, has worked in the Redondo Beach City Attorney’s Office since 1995. He has been a city prosecutor since 2005 and supervises the criminal division.
He was an assistant city prosecutor from 2001 to 2005 and a deputy city attorney from 1995 to 1999.  From 1999 to 2004 he also served as a reserve lieutenant at the Hermosa Beach Police Department.
Honeycutt earned his law degree from California Western School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from UCLA.  He will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Hugh Gardner.  Honeycutt is a Republican.
Moreton, 48, of Los Angeles, has served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles since 1991. He has prosecuted numerous public corruption and campaign finance fraud cases.
From 1988 to 1991, Moreton was an associate with Riordan & McKinzie, specializing in civil litigation.  Prior to that, he was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1985 to 1987.
He earned his law degree from the USC School of Law and Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of Utah.
Moreton will fill the vacancy created by the previously unannounced retirement of Judge Ruffo Espinosa Jr. on Jan 2. The Governor’s appointment will allow Moreton to assume the position on Jan. 3..  Moreton is a Republican.
Villalobos, 53, has served as a deputy district attorney for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office since 1984. He has specialized in habeas corpus litigation and was in charge of a juvenile office.
Villalobos earned his law degree from Loyola Law School and bachelor’s degree from California State University, Los Angeles.  He will fill the vacancy created by the death of Judge Jack Morgan.  Villalobos is a Democrat.
Schwarzenegger also named Alameda Superior Court Judge Henry E. Needham as a justice of the First District Court of Appeal Marin County Deputy District Attorney Paul Haakenson to the Marin Superior Court and state Deputy Attorney General Kyle S. Brodie and San Bernardino County Deputy District Attorney Annemarie G. Pace to judgeships in the San Bernardino Superior Court.
The governor also named Kern Superior Court Commissioner Cory J. Woodward to a judgeship in the same court Santa Cruz County Assistant District Attorney Paul M. Marigonda to a judgeship in the Santa Cruz Superior Court and attorney Mary E. Arand to a judgeship in the Santa Clara Superior Court.
Needham, Haakenson, Brodie, Woodward and Marigonda are Republicans. Arrand and Pace are Democrats.
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