Proud should be handed the gavel |

Proud should be handed the gavel

Making decisions that could have life altering ramifications for other people is something judges must do on a continual basis.

It is Daniel Proud who we want to entrust with that responsibility as the next El Dorado County Superior Court judge for Office 5. Currently Proud is an attorney in private practice.

What sets him apart from his opponent Sean O’Brien is his breadth of experience. O’Brien is a chief assistant district attorney who has spent much of his career in a district attorneys office.

We are certain both have the legal training to be a judge, but it is Proud who we believe should be on the bench. Currently he tries civil, criminal, family and juvenile cases on a regular basis. He has also been a pro tem judge for two years.

It is true that O’Brien knows Tahoe better than Proud. Until three years ago he had lived in South Lake Tahoe. But that alone is not reason enough to be the next judge, especially when the open seat is in Placerville.

Proud is aware of the differences between the West Slope and the basin and knows that on occasion he will hear cases here. He has vacationed in Tahoe, but has not called it home.

He would like to see judges switch between Placerville and South Lake Tahoe on a regular basis so everyone is familiar with each jurisdiction.

Proud is also looking at ways to deal with a tighter budget. He proposes instituting an arraignment court at the jails, much like what is done elsewhere in California.

Now a defendant is transported from the jail to court. This ties up sheriff’s deputies, which is an inefficient and costly way to do business.

Proud is also in the unique position of knowing exactly what law enforcement is dealing with out on the streets. Before and during law school he was a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. This firsthand experience of working in a jail, on patrol and as a bailiff gives him insight that his opponent lacks.

One of the things that bothers Proud about the current system is that judges seem to be too specialized and unwilling to hear certain cases. As an attorney, he cited the fact that it can take forever to try a civil case because there’s not enough judges with this experience — most have a criminal justice background. He believes judges need to be willing and able to try any type of case.

It is Proud’s temperament and demeanor in addition to his knowledge of the law that led people to encourage him to run.

Proud said he has seen judges lose their temper and get too easily upset. This is exactly what he will not do.

Proud is unpretentious, but reassuring in his interactions with people. He knows the law, he knows the issues.

Because Proud embodies the complete package of what a judge should be we believe he should be on the bench of El Dorado County Superior Court Office 5.

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