Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, April 29, 2008


Page 8



Ralph W. Dau
Los Angeles Superior Court Office No. 4


Arrogant and bullheaded as he is, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ralph W. Dau is a better choice than his challenger, sole practitioner Sydnee R. Singer.

By any objective analysis, Singer lacks credentials for the post. Low on the scale are her accomplishments, ability to focus, communication skills, and awareness of what’s going on in the legal arena. (Aside from that, Singer is living in a fantasy world if she thinks she can unseat an incumbent with no issue against him of a sort that would arouse voters, and without the unique circumstance that existed two years ago of a judge having a funny, foreign-sounding name.)

Though lacking in humility and “people skills,” Dau does possess judicial experience and legal knowledge. He has been a member of the bench since 1995; before that, he was with a leading law firm, O’Melveny & Myers, for 29 years.

Dau is hardly “Mr. Congeniality.” There are colleagues who endorse him publicly but, in private conversation, ridicule him.

Without enthusiasm, we recommend a vote for Dau in the June 3 primary.


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