FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2018
CONTACT: Matt Cunningham
HEARING SET FOR JULY 13, 2018 IN SACRAMENTO SUPERIOR COURT TO FIND XAVIER BECERRA LEGALLY INELIGIBLE TO BE ON BALLOT FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL
Los Angeles, CA — On July 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Department 28 of the Sacramento Superior Court, Judge Richard K. Sueyoshi will rule on former Attorney General candidate Eric Early’s Petition for Writ of Mandate seeking to remove Xavier Becerra’s name from the ballot in California’s upcoming General Election.
California law requires that to be elected Attorney General, an attorney must be “admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of this state for a period of at least five years immediately preceding his election …”. Becerra was barred from practicing before the California Supreme Court for the period in question because, for 26 straight years before Jerry Brown appointed him a little over a year ago, Becerra was an inactive member of the California Bar. Inactive members of the Bar cannot practice before the California Supreme Court. The Writ seeks to remove Beccera’s name from the ballot in the General Election.
The Petition states, “As the Attorney General’s office has made abundantly clear, experience in the law actually matters and is required to be the State’s top legal officer. Contrary to this requirement, Becerra possesses the ‘actual experience and skill in the law’ of a first or second year associate fresh out of law school.”
Early received almost 950,000 votes in California’s recent Primary for Attorney General and is represented against Becerra by distinguished attorneys Steve Cooley, the former District Attorney of the County of Los Angeles, litigator R. Rex Parris, currently serving his fourth term as Mayor of the City of Lancaster, California and Brentford Ferreira, renowned appellate litigator.