Gov. Brown Appoints Three Prosecutors As New Superior Court Judges

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A local, state and federal prosecutor were each appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday to judgeships in San Francisco Superior Court.

San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Harry Dorfman, chief Deputy Attorney General Rochelle East and Assistant U.S. Attorney Tracie Brown were each appointed to replace retiring judges.

Dorfman, 56, has been a managing attorney in the district attorney's homicide unit and has prosecuted high-profile cases including the trial against Edwin Ramos, who was convicted of multiple murder charges for the killing of a father and his two sons in San Francisco's Excelsior District in 2008.

District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement, "I have a high regard for his leadership and the utmost respect for his commitment to public safety. San Francisco is a better place with Harry Dorfman on the bench."

Along with her decade-plus of experience in the state attorney general's office, East, 56, has also worked in Haiti as a U.S. Department of State foreign service officer and served in the U.S. Navy for a decade.

Brown, 42, has been with the U.S. Attorney's Office since 2002, having worked for private law firms for several years beforehand.


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