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Tuesday, May 16, 2023


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Deputy District Attorney Sam Abourched Is Running for Los Angeles Superior Court


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Above is a promotional graphic for the launching of the campaign of Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Sam Abourched for a Los Angeles Superior Court seat on the March 5, 2024 ballot.

U.S. Army

Abourched is seen in an Oct. 12, 2019 snapshot arguing a case as command judge advocate general officer in Kuwait.

Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Kurt Samuel Abourched—who goes by the first name of “Sam”—is off to an early start in his quest for election next year to the Los Angeles Superior Court, having already commenced a full-fledged campaign.

The primary election is slated for March 5, 2024. But, represented by political consultant Crystal M. Litz, Abourched already has a “Sam Abourched for Judge” website listing endorsements of 14 Los Angeles Superior Court judges and others. A “campaign launch” fundraiser is slated for Thursday.

The website says:

“Sam Abourched is an LA County Deputy District Attorney, and an Army Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer. A dedicated public servant, he has served both in the Air Force and the Army Reserve, was deployed multiple times to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Iraq, and also served his country working counterterrorism and counterintelligence cases for the FBI. Now a candidate for Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Abourched brings unmatched legal experience, a background of service and a commitment to Justice that will make him an outstanding addition to the Bench.

“Born in Michigan to Syrian immigrants, Sam Abourched’s family relocated to the Middle East when he was five years old, living mainly in Saudi Arabia and Syria. In both places, he was subjected to prejudice and violence for not being “Saudi enough” or for being considered “too American”.  Because of these experiences, Sam developed a strong sense of the absurdity of treating others differently due to the color of their skin, religion or national origin. He also formed a lifelong passion for learning about and respecting different cultures and beliefs.”

Abourched, 50, returned to the U.S. at age 16. His law degree is from North Carolina Central University.

He was a criminal defense lawyer in North Carolina and was in private practice in Moorpark, in Ventura County, before becoming a prosecutor here.

In 2017, Abourched and Deputy District Attorney Carolyn Yeh gained the conviction of a man for sexually assaulting and attempting to kill a woman in Lancaster.


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