It seems safe to say that, for whatever reasons erstwhile Mayor Gavin Newsom selected George Gascón to be district attorney, it wasn't for his lawyerin' skills. The former police chief -- who will be deciding whether or not to apply the death penalty -- has never tried a case.
He is, however, enshrined in the "Hall of Fame" of his alma mater -- Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. Bill Adams, Western State's dean, acknowledges that Gascón is already his school's most prominent alum. But "We have over 100 judges, so I don't want to insult any of them."
Western State only received its accreditation from the American Bar Association in 2009 -- its graduates can now take the bar in all 50 states. Prior to that -- and, certainly, when Gascón graduated in 1986 -- the school was only accredited by the California Committee of Bar Examiners. So Gascón could not ostensibly be DA in his former roost of Mesa, Ariz. But he's fine here.