Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Friday, September 7, 2012


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Former State Sen. Richard Polanco Endorses Alan Jackson


Former state Senate Majority Leader Richard Polanco has endorsed candidate Alan Jackson in his race for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, according to a news release from Jackson’s campaign.

The release quoted the Democrat Polanco as saying:

“To keep Los Angles County safe, our next district attorney must have the experience and progressive vision to serve the diverse needs of our communities. Alan’s comprehensive plans for prevention and rehabilitation prove his vision and leadership are what we need as a leading voice for law enforcement.”

Polanco served in the state Assembly for eight years, starting in 1985. He then served two state Senate terms, retiring from political office in 2002 after withdrawing his 2001 candidacy for a Los Angeles City Council seat. He then worked as a lobbyist. He currently sits on the board of the California Latino Legislative Caucus’ Institute for Public Policy. As a legislator, he chaired that caucus for 12 years.

In his news release, Jackson said:

“Sen. Polanco’ sends a strong signal that this race is about qualifications and public safety and the next DA’s ability to promote protection and advancement into our communities.”

Information is available at Jackson’s campaign website at

The ACLU has announced that U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee will hear today attorneys requesting summary judgment in a suit on behalf of mentally disabled immigrants allegedly detained indefinitely and denied attorneys by the U.S. government. The case is Franco v. Holder.

According to the ACLU’s press announcement:

“This will be the first time ever that a court will be asked to grant appointed counsel to a class of immigrants.

“The ACLU of Southern California, Public Counsel, and the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell are suing the federal government on behalf of detainees in Arizona, California and Washington, some of whom have been in detention for years.”

 The hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 312 North Spring Street, Los Angeles. Information is available by telephoning 213-977-5247.

Bruce G. Chapman has joined Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP as a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property practice group, based in the firm’s Los Angeles office, according to a media statement from the firm, which noted that Chapman joins from Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz in Los Angeles.

In the statement, Guy N. Halgren, chairman of Sheppard Mullin, said:

“Bruce is a formidable IP litigator, who has regularly been recognized among the top IP attorneys in the state. With a diverse tech client roster that includes clients in the computers, electronics, telecom, medical devices and software areas, his practice dovetails well with our IP and tech industry capabilities,”

According to the statement, Chapman received his J.D., with honors, from George Washington University Law School in 1987 and a B.ME., magna cum laude, from University of Detroit in 1983.


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