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Thursday, June 23, 2011


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LAPD Inspector Nicole Bershon on Court Commissioner Ballot


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Ballots due next Wednesday for two Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner vacancies include the name of a candidate who bowed out of the last election, court officials confirmed yesterday.       

Police Department Inspector General Nicole Bershon was the lead candidate to succeed Commissioner Murray Gross after his retirement in 2010, but asked to have her name withdrawn from last month’s election. Dependency attorney Emma Castro was elected to the position May 20.

Under local rules, vacant commissioner positions are filled by a vote of the judges from a list of candidates nominated by a court panel. Although the ranking order is not binding, all commissioners chosen in recent years have been selected in ranked order.

Castro was preceded by Bershon on the list, and was followed by Deputy District Attorney Eloise Phillips; Michael R. Diliberto, president of Advantage Arbitration and Mediation Services LLC; Deputy District Attorney Arunas A. Sodonis; Los Angeles attorney Faith Mitchell; Referee Shep Zebberman; Lancaster attorney William A. Clark; Richard L. Bissetti, an associate at Century City’s Magana, Cathcart & McCarthy; Downey criminal defense lawyer Michael LaPan; Hawthorne Deputy City Attorney Robert Kim; and Deputy Public Defender Lisa Brackelmanns

Ballots are scheduled to be counted June 30.


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