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Monday, September 26, 2011

Assembly Candidate Young Accused of Domestic Violence By Former Girlfriend

Joel Young is a rising star in the East Bay political world. Just two years ago, he was appointed to the AC Transit board of directors, and he's currently a top tier candidate for state Assembly. But over the past several months, the 34-year-old ex-football player from Cal has been quietly battling in court to save his political career. His ex-girlfriend filed a restraining order against him in March, saying he struck her repeatedly. Young then responded with a restraining order request of his own, saying she attacked him in a jealous rage. And while an Alameda County Superior Court judge recently dismissed the restraining order requests, it was not before he cast doubt on both Young and his ex-girlfriend's versions of what happened.

At a court hearing, Judge Morris Jacobsen strongly implied that he didn't believe Young's claim that his ex-girlfriend, Jessica Juarez, had attacked him after finding him in bed with another woman and that he was merely defending himself. "The injuries she sustained go well beyond the reasonable need to self-defend," the judge said, referring to the extensive bruising on Juarez's face, according to a transcript of the proceeding. "There were significant injuries on her. Well, more than necessary for a man, and I am going to take into account that it appears to me that Ms. Juarez is approximately 5-foot, 120 pounds."...

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