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Two Lawyers Take Steps Toward Becoming Candidates for L.A. Superior Court Seats


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Orange County criminal defense attorney Osman M. Taher and Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Renee Rose are the latest lawyers who have taken a preliminary step in running for a Los Angeles Superior Court open seat in the March 5 primary.

They are among seven persons who have taken out “signatures in lieu” petitions. Three signatures will take $1 off the filing fee.

A major purpose is to stake out seats, in hopes of deterring others from filing for them. The period for filing declarations of intent to run for a judgeship begins Oct. 30.

Taher, who was admitted to the State Bar on Dec. 1, 2010, is a graduate of Trinity Law School in Santa Ana. The school is not accredited by the American Bar Association.

He took out his petition on Tuesday for Office No. 130, presently held by Judge Brian C. Yep. Former Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden—who has name-recognition based on his role in the 1995 unsuccessful prosecution of O.J. Simpson for murder—has also taken out a petition in preparation for seeking that seat.

Rose, who is deputy-in-charge of the Elder Abuse Section of the District Attorney’s Office’s White Collar Crime Division, on Oct. 6 took out a petition for Office No. 48, held by Judge Margaret Miller Bernal. Rose’s law degree is from Southwestern.

She was admitted to practice on June 8, 1992. Before becoming a Los Angeles County prosecutor in 1994, she was a deputy district attorney in Riverside County.  

Also eying that seat is Malik C. Burroughs of the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP.

Santa Monica criminal law attorney Eric Jeffrey Youngquist and Hermosa Beach attorney Mohammad Ali Fakhreddine has each signaled his desire to run for Office No. 135, held by Judge Cary H. Nishimoto

Deputy District Attorney Victor Avila has taken out a petition for Office No. 93, held by Judge Malcolm Mackey.


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