In December 2012, Mr. Hodgman was appointed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey to serve as the Assistant District Attorney for line operations. He has management oversight over the Bureau of Central Operations and the two Bureaus of Branch and Area Operations. In addition, Mr. Hodgman has worked with District Attorney Jackie Lacey in coordinating the efforts of the Criminal Justice Mental Health Project working group, a collaborative multi-department/multi-agency group whose mission is to develop a mental health diversion program for Los Angeles County and to improve the treatment of mentally ill offenders in the county criminal justice system.
Mr. Hodgman received his undergraduate degree from UCLA in 1975 and his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1978. He joined the District Attorney’s Office in November 1978. While serving in different trial assignments and special prosecution units, Mr. Hodgman tried to jury over 140 felony cases, including more than 40 murder cases. In 1991, he was the lead trial lawyer in the securities fraud prosecution of Charles H. Keating, Jr. After securing convictions in that case, he was selected as the 1992 Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorneys Association and the Los Angeles County Association of Deputy District Attorneys. In 1993, Mr. Hodgman was one of the prosecutors involved in the investigation of Michael Jackson regarding child molestation allegations. In 1994 and 1995, he served as one of the lead attorneys in the double-murder prosecution of O.J. Simpson. In 1996 and early 1997, Mr. Hodgman successfully prosecuted and secured a 9 year prison sentence against Marion “Suge” Knight, the founder of Death Row Records. In October 2000, Mr. Hodgman was inducted in the American College of Trial Lawyers in Washington, D.C.