Uh, did you know about the California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel?
Well, under Military & Veterans Code section 450: "The military courts of this state are: (a) general courts-martial; (b) special courts-martial; (c) summary courts-martial; (d) courts of inquiry; and (e) Courts-Martial Appellate Panel."
And today, the Gov appointed a Chief and two Justices to this court:
DeVorkin, 70, of Marina del Rey, has been appointed chief justice on the
California Courts-Martial Appellate Panel. DeVorkin served as assistant
chief counsel for the California Department of Transportation’s Legal Division
from 2000 to 2010, where he held several positions from 1980 to
2000. He was an associate attorney at Scott F. Dool and Associates in 1980
and a music teacher for the William S. Hart High School District from 1975 to
1976. DeVorkin served in the Army National Guard from 1971 to 1977 and 1982 to 2009.
DeVorkin earned a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School. This position
does not require Senate confirmation and compensation is a federal rate of 0-6,
only while in session. DeVorkin is a Democrat.
McCray, 57, of Lincoln, has been appointed as a justice on the California
Courts-Martial Appellate Panel. McCray has been of counsel at Beveridge &
Diamond, PC since 2014. He served as assistant chief counsel for the California
Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2014, where he was deputy attorney
III from 2005 to 2007. McCray served in multiple positions during his 21 years
of active duty with the U.S. Air Force, including staff judge advocate of the 9th
Reconnaissance Wing from 2002 to 2005, chief of the Air Force Environmental
Litigation & Tort Branch from 2001 to 2002 and special assistant U.S.
attorney for the Environmental Defense Section from 2000 to 2002. He was deputy
chief of the Compliance and Planning Branch for the U.S. Air Force from 1999 to
2000 and deputy staff judge advocate for the 509th Bomb Wing from
1996 to 1998. McCray earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of
California, Davis School of Law and a Master of Laws degree in environmental
and natural resources law from the University of Utah, College of Law. This
position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is a federal
rate of 0-6, only while in session. McCray is registered without party
DavidTorres, 58, of Bakersfield, has been appointed as a justice on the California
Courts-Martial Appellate Panel. Torres has been a criminal defense attorney in
private practice since 1988. He served in several positions in the U.S. Army
Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps from 1999 to 2013, including chief legal
assistance officer, deputy commander of the 78th Legal Service Organization,
unit leader of the 78th Legal Service Organization, deputy commander of the
78th Legal Detachment Organization and retired holding the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel. Torres served in several positions in the California National Guard
Army Infantry from 1985 to 1993, including rifle platoon leader and infantry
executive officer. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from 1979 to 1983
with the 4th Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion as a non-commissioned officer
and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Torres is a member of the National
Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California State Military Reserve,
American Board of Criminal Lawyers and the California Attorneys for Criminal
Justice. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Gonzaga University School of
Law. This position does not require Senate confirmation and the compensation is
a federal rate of 0-6, only while in session. Torres is a Democrat.