SCHATZLE’S CAMPAIGN GAINS MOMENTUM WITH SUPPORT OF LOS ALAMITOS POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 22, 2015
Orange, CA – The Los Alamitos Police Officers’ Association announced their support of Karen Schatzle’s campaign for Superior Court Judge today. The announcement gives momentum to Schatzle’s campaign, which in recent weeks has also earned the endorsements of the Orange County Chapter of the Peace Officers Research Association (PORAC) and the Huntington Beach Police Officers’ Association.
In announcing their endorsement, Los Alamitos Police Officers’ Association President Kain Gallaugher remarked:
“For over three decades, Karen Schatzle has worked in partnership with the Los Alamitos Police Officers Association on the frontlines of the fight to keep Orange County’s families and neighborhoods safe. She has been an exemplary prosecutor and team leader within the District Attorney’s Office, and she has the experience and integrity needed to make a great judge.”
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 the 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.
The seat Schatzle is running for is currently occupied by Judge Scott Steiner, who was publicly censured in 2014 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.
Steiner was elected to the bench in 2010 without any opposition.
For more information, visit www.SchatzleforOCJudge.com.
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