After 40 years of public service on the state and federal benches, EDCA District Judge Edward J. Garcia's retirement was officially announced at the EDCA Conference on Saturday. The full piece on Judge Garcia in yesterday's Sacramento Bee is worth a read, but I like best this snippet about how the whims of fate can affect a career (which I've heard a number of times over the years):
Armed with his license to practice in 1959, he applied for a job at the public defender's office in Sacramento, but there were no vacancies. He was told, however, that the district attorney's office had an opening, and was asked if he would consider being a prosecutor.
"I said, 'I just want a job,' " Garcia remembered.
He went immediately downstairs, talked to District Attorney John Price and was hired on the spot. He rose to chief deputy, commanding the respect of the judiciary, the defense bar and his fellow prosecutors.