San Diego County Deputy Dist. Atty. Enrique Camarena, whose father was a Drug Enforcement Administration agent who was tortured and murdered in 1985 by a Mexican drug cartel, was appointed Wednesday to the local Superior Court by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Camarena, 40, a Republican, was among four people appointed to open spots on the bench.
In all, the governor appointed two prosecutors and two public defenders.
Appointed along with Camarena were Matthew Braner, 55, a Democrat and supervisor in the primary public defender's office; Selena Epley, 46, a Democrat and assistant supervising attorney for the central felony team of the primary public defender's office; and Daniel Link, 38, a Democrat and deputy district attorney.
Link is the son of San Diego County Superior Court Judge Frederic Link.
Camarena received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth and a law degree from USC. He joined the district attorney's office in 1999.
Camarena's father, Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, 37, was a former Marine working as an undercover DEA agent in Guadalajara, Mexico, when he was kidnapped and murdered. Four people were later convicted.