NEWPORT BEACH, CA – A new appointment is in store for Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals. Most recently renowned for giving the District Attorney’s Office the boot from the case against the worst mass killer in county history, Goethals was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown Friday to the Fourth District Court of Appeal.
Goethals, a 65-year-old Newport Beach resident, had long been rumored to be a candidate for the appellate court. He will take the place in the court’s Division Three court in Santa Ana left vacant by the retirement of Justice William F. Rylaarsdam.
Goethals, a former Orange County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor and defense attorney, has served on the Superior Court bench since 2003. He was a partner at Pohlson, Moorhead and Goethals from 1990 to 2002.
The Democrat earned a law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.