Judge Denies DA Union’s Request for Injunction Contesting LA DA Hires

A judge Wednesday denied a request by the union representing Los Angeles County deputy district attorneys for a preliminary injunction preventing what the rank-and-file maintain is the hiring of unqualified candidates, including some from the Public Defender’s Office, by District Attorney George Gascón.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff said the Association of Deputy District Attorneys’ request was premature because there are ongoing internal proceedings before the Los Angeles County Civil Service Commission regarding appeals of previous Gascón hires.

“The issues pending before the commission are identical to those before this court,” Beckloff wrote in his ruling. “There is no competent evidence before the court about what the commission might find after a hearing and what remedy it might issue. The court cannot determine on the evidence presented today that there is no adequate remedy available to (the union) — the court has nothing before it to suggest how the commission might remedy any violation of the (civil service rules) it might find.”

Beckloff set another hearing for Dec. 3 to discuss whether the union will seek a permanent injunction or a different legal remedy. He also encouraged the attorneys to meet and try to reduce the number of issues in the case.


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