KAREN SCHATZLE ANNOUNCES CAMPAIGN FOR SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 8, 2015
Orange, CA – Senior Deputy District Attorney Karen Schatzle announced her candidacy for Orange County Superior Court Judge Office #2 today. The seat is currently occupied by Judge Scott Steiner, who was publicly censured in 2014 for having sex in his chambers on multiple occasions with two of his former law students.
“I have dedicated my life to the pursuit of justice and safety in our community,” said Schatzle. “I have asked jurors to be the voice for victims who were fearful of not being believed, and I cannot sit back and fail to demonstrate the courage that I have asked of others. Scott Steiner has made a mockery of what our community expects of our Judiciary. I feel strongly that the public should be made aware, and that integrity be restored to his position. His actions not only violated the Judicial Canons that he took an oath to uphold, but betrayed the people he vowed to serve.”
“I’m running for Superior Court Judge to restore integrity to this seat and ensure that Orange County’s Judicial System is fair and accessible for everyone,” Schatzle continued. “I believe my nearly three decades of experience, as a Deputy Probation Officer and Prosecutor, make me uniquely qualified for the bench and I’m looking forward to the campaign ahead.”
Schatzle currently serves as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Orange County. She dedicated the majority of her career to prosecuting violent felony cases with a primary focus on physical child abuse and sex offenses. She was then promoted to Team Leader, which is a position that allows her to assist in all functions associated with the office. She has also prosecuted general felonies, major narcotic offenses, attempted murders, and career criminals. She has successfully tried in excess of 86 cases and is certified as a Criminal Law expert.
Prior to serving as a prosecutor, Schatzle worked for the Orange County Probation Department. While working in the department’s gang unit, she was part of a coalition that partnered with social services, law enforcement, probation officers and prosecutors; this alliance was focused on a unified effort to reduce gang violence. She was post certified to carry a weapon and worked the streets, at night, with both the Orange and Santa Ana police departments.
Schatzle is a mother of three and resident of Orange.
Steiner was elected to the bench in 2010 without any opposition. In 2014, he was censured by the California Commission on Judicial Performance for having sex in his chambers with former law students. Some of the encounters occurred while the court was open. He was also disciplined for a number of other rules violations, including trying to help one of his sex partners get a job at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
For more information, visit www.SchatzleforOCJudge.com
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