Oceanside CA— For almost 30 years, Paul Starita had served in the United States Marine Corps on active duty and in the Reserve. He attained the rank of Colonel and served in numerous leadership assignments including Reserve Officer In-Charge of Legal Services Support Section.–West. Paul served for four years, as a Military Judge presiding over military criminal justice cases, presided over jury and bench trials, motion hearings, and guilty pleas and sentencing hearings. For two of those four years, he served as the Senior Trial Judge for the Marine Reserve Trial Judiciary where he supervised 7-9 Reserve Military Judges. They presided over cases throughout the United States and Japan.
During the war on terror, Mr. Starita was mobilized to active duty twice. First, serving as a Marine defense counsel defending Marines accused of “war crimes” stemming from combat operations in Iraq. The Judge Advocates Association has recognized him with a career achievement award for his distinguished service as a Marine Judge Advocate. His military service allows him to bring a global perspective to serve our local community.
Since 2004, Paul Starita had served San Diego County as Assistant United States Attorney. For about 10 years, he had served in the Criminal Division as a federal prosecutor to investigate and prosecute over 500 felony criminal cases involving drug trafficking, organized crime, human smuggling, money laundering, public corruption, and violent crime. For the last 6 years, Paul has served in the Civil Division as a trial attorney, to prosecute civil fraud cases impacting Medicare and Tricare as well as government procurement and contracting. For the last four years, Paul has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Diego, School of Law, where he teaches first-year law students trial advocacy.
Paul’s family started in San Diego when their daughter was born at Balboa Naval Hospital. A few years later their son was born at Tri-City Hospital. Since then his family has woven itself into the fabric of San Diego County and as a family, traveled all over the County for youth sporting events and they have truly enjoyed the unique nature of each of these communities.
Also on the agenda will be a brief talk by John Murphy. He is running for the Board of Vista Unified School District this November election. This will be an opportunity to meet John and ask questions related to VUSD.
The meeting is sponsored by the Republican Club of Ocean Hills on Wednesday, June 17, at 1:00 PM. It will be a virtual meeting using the ZOOM program which will allow all interested members and guests to log on, see and hear Paul, and to ask him questions. If you don’t have ZOOM on your computer, smart phone or tablet, download it, it’s free. Join us on June 17 at 1:00 PM by logging on the website: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86339784413