Gov. Jerry Brown Appoints New Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge

December 28, 2013 13:00 pm · 20 comments

Governor Jerry Brown today announced the appointment of John C. Cope to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Cope, 50, has been a deputy district attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office since 1991. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joyce M. Cram.

The compensation for this position is $181, 292.


1 concord resident December 28, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Great, another UNELECTED COMMUNIST telling us what we can or can’t do. Repeal all laws! Bring back the Constitution!

2 @concord resident---just what part of the Constitution does this violate? December 28, 2013 at 2:25 PM

I doubt you and your ilk have ever read the Constitution, although I find it interesting you CAN spell it.

3 anonmtz December 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM


Cope is a life long registered Republican, as you may well know………

4 JWB December 28, 2013 at 2:29 PM

@ concord resident

You are the quintesential low information idi$#@ listening all day to Fox News and right wing talk radio, incapable of having any original thought.

If you would have spent 5 seconds informing yourself you would have noticed that John C Cope is a Republican.


SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the appointment of John C. Cope to a judgeship in the Contra Costa County Superior Court.

Cope, 50, of Benicia, has been a deputy district attorney at the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office since 1991. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Joyce M. Cram. Cope is a Republican.

The compensation for this position is $181, 292.

5 Dorothy Englund December 28, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Perhaps Mr. Cope should consider becoming a City Attorney instead. It pays much more….at least in Pleasant Hill:)

6 lala December 28, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Yes, Concord Resident… District attorneys so often are communists. Oh yeah, I forgot the Constitution allows for the appointment of judges. Much better than them being elected and controlled by special interests.

7 @ Dorothy Englund, #5---pay may be more, but perks aren't December 28, 2013 at 2:51 PM

As a city attorney (independent contractor), the pay is all they get; no vacation, sick leave, pension, health care, etc. Over the long haul, being a judge will be much more productive. And, judges are seldom opposed at election time, so the appointment is to a long-term job.

8 EdiBirsan December 28, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Being a Republican and a Communist may not be all that mutually exclusive at least in the perception. In 1968 at my College: CCNY (City College of New York- located uptown in Harlem), the Young Republicans on campus were denounced by the regular New York Republicans as being …that is right: Communist.
It didn’t help their cause when they responded with some help from others who had a sense of humor: “to be precise which version of Communism are you talking about: Stalinist/Trotsky/Maoist/Marxist-Leninist/or latent Tito-istic Revisionist?” for which they never got an answer.

9 Dorothy Englund December 28, 2013 at 4:19 PM

I wasn’t referring to a “city attorney (independent contractor).” I was referring to a city attorney who is employed by the city. That is much more lucrative unless Judges are like safety personnel and can retire after 30 years at 90% of their annual salary (instead of the 60% that a city attorney can receive after 30 years).

10 Dorothy Englund December 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Partial socialism is the bigger problem.

11 JWB December 28, 2013 at 4:34 PM

@ Edi Birsan

the only thing your story illustrates is that Republicans use the term “Communist” as a slander for anybody who might have a different political view, no matter how slight that difference might be.

But back to Cope. The only information so far is that he is a member of the Republican party. Do you have any evidence to even suggest that he is a Communist?

12 Yhe Phantom December 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Sounds like Judge Cope may be LDS.

As a Christian faith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints arranges for the complete assistance of any member/church family in poverty or crisis of any kind. The have a welfare program.

Sounds like Communism to me.

Veteran Contra Costa County prosecutor John Cope, 50, of Benicia, has been appointed to the Contra Costa County bench to fill the vacancy created by Judge Joyce Cram’s retirement earlier this year.

Cope, who graduated from the law school at Brigham Young University, joined the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office in 1991 and currently runs the office’s Richmond branch. He served as prosecutor on many of Contra Costa County’s most serious and sensational cases, including the Richmond High School gang rape that has so far led to the convictions of four young men who participated in the 2009 campus assault. Cope also prosecuted Concord’s “Trailside Killer,” Robert Ward Frazier, who was sentenced to death in 2006 for raping and murdering Kathleen Aiello-Loreck on the Contra Costa Canal Trail.

- He could be making $400,000 as the defense attorney extraordinaire.

13 What? December 28, 2013 at 7:56 PM

So Englund, are you advocating full socialism? Because if you advocating no socialism, lets do away with social security, medicaid, unemployment insurance, food stamps, national defense, law enforcement, fire services, public schools etc etc. In other words taxes and everything taxes pay for.

14 Grouchy Face December 28, 2013 at 8:19 PM

@13, you forgot the military.

15 So if? December 28, 2013 at 8:40 PM

So according to the liberal ding dongs of claycord if I give a pair of new shoes and twenty bucks to the Salvation Army. I might as well take it to the next step and join the communist party and hang a picture of Stalin in my living room.

This is why people don’t take your kind seriously. Get a better job you’ll be able to take care of yourself.

16 Former Law-Guy December 28, 2013 at 9:31 PM

John is in fact a republican, but is by no means a right wing nut. He is the son of two school teachers in central valley. He is LDS as one person opined. He has also been married to the same woman for almost 30 years and has 5 very successful children. John was appointed by a very partisan democratic governor, so think about how high his rating by the CA Bar Assoc. must have been. Someone posted that he could make $400k as a private defense attorney. That is probably a fair estimate. However, the John I know places value on being proud of his work and sleeping well at night. We are lucky to have him. A couple of other points: while he was appointed, he must stand for re-election every 6 years, and he does not get the same retirement as cops and fire-fighters. He will max out at 75% of his base salary (judges do not get overtime) and he has to work until he is 70 to be eligible for that amount.

17 Dorothy Englund December 28, 2013 at 9:44 PM

@What? #13
No, I am advocating no socialism in employment (no unions). Government can take care of fair labor practices, wages, etc. I favor capitalism where the labor market is concerned. I don’t want the U.S. to turn into a country like Mexico where everyone wants to work for the Government because that’s the only way they can get rich.

18 What? December 28, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Oh I see you want socialism but only where it benefits you. I completely understand now. The truth of the matter is when the economy is rolling along no one wants to work for the government. “Successful” people think of government employees are fools or losers who can’t get “good jobs”. It’s only when there is a down turn in the economy that people start looking at government employees. Once the cycle turns around people like you will simply be a voice in the wilderness….personally, I secretly hope for anarchy. I’d love to see you survive without the government to protect you. You have prey written all over you.

19 Dorothy Englund December 29, 2013 at 8:16 AM

No, you don’t see a thing – so you will fall more easily prey to misfortune than will I.

I either want socialism like the variety you see in France (where everyone is represented, right up to the CEOs of large corporations) or a free market system (with oversight by the Government to prevent abuse by the large corporations).

It is complete hypocrisy for anyone to argue “equal pay for equal work,” while allowing unions to set higher than market wages and benefits. It isn’t as much a problem with unions in the private sector but it has become an enormous problem in the public sector.

20 Dorothy Englund December 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I should add that we’ve both drifted off topic – thanks to the earlier posts about Communism (which are silly). I’ll move to the “Talk About Politics” thread if I want to say anything else on that topic.

Congratulations to Mr. Cope. He is highly qualified and sounds like an all-around good person. Party-affiliation doesn’t matter. It is the individual that counts. I’ve known some real winners and losers on both sides (and everywhere in between).

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