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August 25, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Superior Court judge whom Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury blocked from hearing criminal cases four months ago has been reassigned to civil duties in a shuffling of judicial posts announced Wednesday. Beginning Tuesday, Judge Lawrence Storch will oversee the progress of civil suits and preside over settlement conferences. Storch will replace Superior Court Judge Richard D.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 1994 | JULIE FIELDS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Superior Court judge whom Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury blocked from hearing criminal cases four months ago has been reassigned to civil duties in a shuffling of judicial posts announced Wednesday. Beginning Tuesday, Judge Lawrence Storch will oversee the progress of civil suits and preside over settlement conferences. Storch will replace Superior Court Judge Richard D.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1994
I am surprised and saddened by the controversy surrounding Judge Lawrence Storch. I do not know the judge personally, nor am I involved in any way with the Ventura County court system. I was a juror, however, on a murder trial in Judge Storch's courtroom. The verdict in our case was the opposite to that in the Todd Love case. In a compromise verdict, our jury voted second-degree murder in a case that the preponderance of the evidence seemed to indicate first-degree murder. When the defendant's attorney pleaded for leniency, Judge Storch ruled that the jury had already offered all the leniency possible under law by declaring a second-degree murder verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 21, 1994
I am surprised and saddened by the controversy surrounding Judge Lawrence Storch. I do not know the judge personally, nor am I involved in any way with the Ventura County court system. I was a juror, however, on a murder trial in Judge Storch's courtroom. The verdict in our case was the opposite to that in the Todd Love case. In a compromise verdict, our jury voted second-degree murder in a case that the preponderance of the evidence seemed to indicate first-degree murder. When the defendant's attorney pleaded for leniency, Judge Storch ruled that the jury had already offered all the leniency possible under law by declaring a second-degree murder verdict.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
I am appalled by the unfounded accusations being leveled at Judge Lawrence Storch by the district attorney. It seems odd to me that Mr. Bradbury would wait until his office was aware of Judge Storch's intent to leave the criminal department before he had the nerve to publicly challenge his decisions. The timing of this challenge is obviously related to Mr. Bradbury's support of the candidacy of Colleen (Toy) White for a judicial office. Mr. Bradbury will, no doubt, use these manufactured charges of leniency to seek support for his "law and order" candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1994
Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury's punitive reaction to Judge Lawrence Storch's reduction of a jury verdict makes it evident that Bradbury wants to dictate his version of justice to everyone in Ventura County, including judges. I did not attend the Todd Love trial and, therefore, cannot know whether Judge Storch's decision to reduce the jury verdict is or is not defensible according to the evidence on record. But when a jury renders a verdict against the weight of the evidence, it is the duty of the trial judge to re-weigh the evidence and take steps to see that justice is done in accordance with the evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994
In my view, Dist. Atty. Mike Bradbury is a man of vision, courage and ability, however, Mr. Bradbury's recent blanket disqualification of Judge (Lawrence) Storch from hearing criminal cases is, in my opinion, an abuse of the public trust held by this powerful governmental official. I am alarmed by the district attorney's decision to disqualify an extremely able judge who has a well-earned reputation for being tough, but fair, when handling criminal cases. I am even more alarmed when the district attorney's office makes comments to the media dismissing as "soft on crime" anyone who dares to criticize their position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury has gone too far. His order that his deputies must disqualify Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch in all criminal cases is not based upon legitimate reason. It is a selfish and childish reaction. Judge Storch is a highly intelligent person. He has a fine legal education. His years of service have demonstrated diligence, ability and an evenhanded fairness that are admired by his colleagues and a large majority of the attorneys and litigants who have appeared in his court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
The public defender's criticism of Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury's disqualification of Judge Storch from felony cases is astoundingly disingenuous and hypocritical. In the past few years, the public defender's office has used the disqualification process, and threats of the disqualification process, to remove Judge Bruce Thompson (the former district attorney) from child dependency court, attempt to block conservative Municipal Court judges Herb Curtis and Bruce Clark from hearing felony cases in a Superior Court long dominated by liberal Brown appointees, limit former Chief Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted Oxnard murderer was sentenced Monday to die in the gas chamber by a judge whom the Ventura County district attorney's office described as overly lenient last week. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch's decision upholds a verdict of death for Christopher James Sattiewhite, 24, who shot 30-year-old Genoveva Gonzales in the head three times Jan. 26, 1992, and left her body in a drainage ditch along Arnold Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 1994
In my view, Dist. Atty. Mike Bradbury is a man of vision, courage and ability, however, Mr. Bradbury's recent blanket disqualification of Judge (Lawrence) Storch from hearing criminal cases is, in my opinion, an abuse of the public trust held by this powerful governmental official. I am alarmed by the district attorney's decision to disqualify an extremely able judge who has a well-earned reputation for being tough, but fair, when handling criminal cases. I am even more alarmed when the district attorney's office makes comments to the media dismissing as "soft on crime" anyone who dares to criticize their position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1994
Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury's punitive reaction to Judge Lawrence Storch's reduction of a jury verdict makes it evident that Bradbury wants to dictate his version of justice to everyone in Ventura County, including judges. I did not attend the Todd Love trial and, therefore, cannot know whether Judge Storch's decision to reduce the jury verdict is or is not defensible according to the evidence on record. But when a jury renders a verdict against the weight of the evidence, it is the duty of the trial judge to re-weigh the evidence and take steps to see that justice is done in accordance with the evidence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 1994 | DWAYNE BRAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A convicted Oxnard murderer was sentenced Monday to die in the gas chamber by a judge whom the Ventura County district attorney's office described as overly lenient last week. Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch's decision upholds a verdict of death for Christopher James Sattiewhite, 24, who shot 30-year-old Genoveva Gonzales in the head three times Jan. 26, 1992, and left her body in a drainage ditch along Arnold Road.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury has gone too far. His order that his deputies must disqualify Superior Court Judge Lawrence Storch in all criminal cases is not based upon legitimate reason. It is a selfish and childish reaction. Judge Storch is a highly intelligent person. He has a fine legal education. His years of service have demonstrated diligence, ability and an evenhanded fairness that are admired by his colleagues and a large majority of the attorneys and litigants who have appeared in his court.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
The public defender's criticism of Dist. Atty. Michael Bradbury's disqualification of Judge Storch from felony cases is astoundingly disingenuous and hypocritical. In the past few years, the public defender's office has used the disqualification process, and threats of the disqualification process, to remove Judge Bruce Thompson (the former district attorney) from child dependency court, attempt to block conservative Municipal Court judges Herb Curtis and Bruce Clark from hearing felony cases in a Superior Court long dominated by liberal Brown appointees, limit former Chief Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
I am appalled by the unfounded accusations being leveled at Judge Lawrence Storch by the district attorney. It seems odd to me that Mr. Bradbury would wait until his office was aware of Judge Storch's intent to leave the criminal department before he had the nerve to publicly challenge his decisions. The timing of this challenge is obviously related to Mr. Bradbury's support of the candidacy of Colleen (Toy) White for a judicial office. Mr. Bradbury will, no doubt, use these manufactured charges of leniency to seek support for his "law and order" candidate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
I have had the honored privilege of knowing Judge Lawrence Storch for many years and have participated in thoughtful discussions with him. He is a person of quality, honor and admiration. I have also known Dist. Atty. Michael D. Bradbury from the time he was a young person out of law school and I was a young police officer. As a young person I found Bradbury to be a petty, envious, sniveling person who threw temper tantrums when he didn't get his way. Nothing has changed. His removal of Judge Storch from hearing criminal cases is just another example of Bradbury's lack of wisdom.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1991
My response to Judge Lawrence Storch's criticism of my office's disposition policies reported in your Aug. 4 edition was unduly harsh. I owe him this public apology. MICHAEL D. BRADBURY, District Attorney, Ventura
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