The reputation of Justice Donald Franson Jr.'s father looms large over the 5th District Court of appeal. The late Justice Donald Franson Sr., former presiding judge of the court, remains a legendary figure among the Fresno legal community. When Franson Jr. became a justice of the same court, he was sworn in before a copper bust of his father that is mounted in the courthouse. "I can't believe I'm here. I kind of wish I could tell my dad I got here," Franson said. "He never said anything, but I think he was hopeful [I would]. I think he thought, you know, what a good gig, and to do it on my own and get there. ... I guess he was right.""Those familiar with Franson's work on the bench described him as well-versed in the law, engaged during oral argument, and perpetually courteous, in and out of court.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Taking the 5th: Like father, like son
Today's DJ profiles Justice Donald Franson Jr. in Justice Donald Franson is establishing himself on the 5th District bench where his father sat.