Alameda County judge confirmed to serve on U.S. District Court in S.F.

Trina Thompson, a veteran demo choose in Alameda County, was verified by the Senate Wednesday to the U.S. District Court docket in San Francisco. She becomes the third Black girl amid 61 federal trial court judges in California, all nominees of President Biden.

The vote was 51-44, mostly together social gathering strains, with Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska signing up for Democrats to aid affirmation. Thompson, 61, fills the emptiness created in February 2021 when U.S. District Choose Phyllis Hamilton transferred to senior status, with a decreased caseload.

Thompson was born in Oakland, attended UC Berkeley and its regulation school, and has taught courses at the university considering that 2014. She practiced criminal regulation as a community defender and a personal lawyer for 16 decades before getting elected to the Outstanding Court docket in November 2002.

In 2019 she presided in excess of the demo of two gentlemen billed in the hearth that broke out in 2016 at a social gathering at the Ghost Ship warehouse, in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood, and killed 36 people today. A person defendant, Max Harris, was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter, but the jury deadlocked on co-defendant Derick Almena, who ran the warehouse along with Harris. Almena, who experienced been jailed for 4 several years, pleaded guilty in January 2021 to the 36 manslaughter prices in an agreement that permitted him to commit the very last 1½ yrs of his sentence in property confinement.

Thompson was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2011 to the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Avoidance, which oversees federal systems for juvenile criminal offense avoidance, detention and programs associated to lacking or abused kids. She was vice president of the Affiliation of African American California Judicial Officers from 2019 to 2021.

“She delivers a wealth of experience as a highly regarded trial decide which will be most welcome on our pretty chaotic courtroom,” Richard Seeborg, main choose of the Northern District of California, stated in a assertion. The court, centered in San Francisco, still has 3 vacancies among its 14 approved judgeships.

Biden’s judicial options so considerably have been the most diverse of any president. As of previous November, according to the Middle for Constitutional Rights, the 28 judges verified by the Senate provided 21 ladies and 20 racial or ethnic minorities.

Bob Egelko is a San Francisco Chronicle employees author. Electronic mail: [email protected] Twitter: @BobEgelko

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