Supervisor Nelson Confirms Desire to Become Judge

There’s been a lot of speculation lately about Supervisor Shawn Nelson wanting to be a judge.

Those plans are real after all, he confirmed last week.

In an interview with Voice of OC, Nelson said he plans to apply and/or run for a judicial seat at the end of his term as supervisor.

“I hope that I will be a judge at some point and that will be the end of me,” Nelson said when asked if he would be returning to his law firm, Rizio & Nelson.

The interview centered on Nelson’s income from the firm, which has been paying him over $100,000 per year while he serves as supervisor.

Nelson’s term as the Fourth District supervisor is slated to end in early 2019.

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  • Debby Bodkin

    Thank you to the for making Nelson’s career objective to be a Judge, public. Nelson’s ongoing support of OCDA Rackauckas now makes sense. IMO, if Nelson becomes a Judge, it is my sincere hope that he is not appointed, but forced to be elected by the People. Any elected official who uses his position to advertise his law firm, needs to return to law school and successfully complete courses involving conflicts of interest 101 in addition to the guaranteed freedoms of individuals found in the U.S. Constitution.

  • Rose72

    Just get him off the Board of Supervisors. The Supervisors just sent notice to Sacramento that they support the appeal of the plastic bag ban. With the miles of coastline in Orange county, we should be do everything we can to protect it. Odd Supervisor Bartlett went along with Nelson as she was for the ban while on the city council in Dana Point, now she changes colors. But wait, look at who else supports the appeal, all plastic bag industries, surprise, surprise. Huntington Beach city council now run by the Chamber of Commerce, also supports the appeal, no surprise here either. Just follow the money.

  • jz

    Is there anything that can be done to create an honest BOS and honest legal system whose expressed interest is the protection of the citizens from corruption, greed, political manipulation, and the BOS’ and county legal official’s personal, financial, and political interests? I wonder.

    • Debby Bodkin

      If the USDOJ and/or FBI do not take corrective actions, there is no hope for the OC. Things are too far gone.

      • Trudy White

        The FBI came out last year, after an employee courageously stepped up and gave testimony of crimes. But either they were paid off or they don’t see any money in it for the Feds. Anyone think that the employee who testified was made employee of the month? Raukakas has known about it for years. And before VoC pats themselves on the back, let us note that they know, too. These sleaze merchants have long arms. Any poor sap who speaks up is painted as disgruntled, mentally ill or whatever, and the idiots buy into it, because…why? The county is so reputable? What a joke. But ask yourself this…why are they still there? I can tell you why. Because they have rules that say employees cannot speak with the media. Ex employees are not bound that way.

  • John Claxton

    I have only had one conversation with the man, but he is very opinionated about everything and doesn’t appear to have the ability to reason or remain objective until all the information in. I certainly will not be voting for this man for judgeship.

  • Paul Lucas

    I think he would be immune from the corruption that is in the DAs office due to him being a defense attorney.

    • Trudy White

      How? He has been on of Rakaukas’ bosses all these years and done nothing. He’s only immune because of cash inoculation. The cure for what ails all career politicians

      • Debby Bodkin

        Nelson has made a personal choice to support DA Rackauckas’ shennanigans. Remember Nelson’s public statements in support of Rackauckas after the acquittal of the accused Fullerton PD officers–the individuals were videotaped killing a homeless man and Rackauckas still didn’t get a convction. I would bet that if Nelson were the prosecutor, he would not have allowed a former Asst. Deputy DA (one of Rackauckas’ former employees and now a criminal defense attorney) to serve as the jury foreman during the trial that set 2 officers free to roam society.

        Nelson is looking to be a judicial officer and he knows the political path to get there is to fail the citizens who put him in elected office, but doing whatever it takes to stay in good graces with people that can aid him. If Nelson dares challenge DA Rackauckas, he will find himself in the same situation as Todd Spitzer, one ongoing public attack after another from the DA’s Chief of Staff and Rackauckas. At least Spitzer speaks up in matters that fall within his moral core values and he doesn’t give in to the DA or his Chief of Staff’ public defamation campaigns against anyone who challenges their legal ethics.

        • Trudy White

          You would be amazed at what Spitzer and his Chief of staff get up to.

  • Trudy White

    How precious. Given Nelson’s failure to respond when employees bring abuse to him , I would say he isn’t qualified to judge a pie eating contest.

    • David Zenger

      That’s pretty funny.

      • Trudy White

        Then you will love this…another CA congressman from another county went to his good buddy Nelson, with proof of an employee reporting terrible wrongdoing. Nelson had a lackey cover it up.