Let’s face it: The election of Gary Kreep might’ve been the zenith of San Diego’s judicial races, in terms of pure bewilderment.
That race had everything – everything being two men with unfortunate names (Kreep narrowly beat Garland Peed), one of whom was a prominent “birther.”
This time around, San Diego will have to settle for a candidate who’s defended white supremacists pro bono and once wrote that a judge he was facing should be disqualified “by virtue of her permanent disability as a Negro racist;” and an incumbent with a drunk-driving conviction who was also admonished by a state commission for incorrectly putting a woman in custody for five days.
Those are two Superior Court candidates in five of the contested races – where an incumbent judge faces at least one challenger – for the June 3 election. Another 42 races for the bench are uncontested, meaning the sitting judge doesn’t have an opponent and will coast to another six-year term.
Judicial elections are generally right down there with community college trustees for some of the least-cared-about spots on the ballot. But judges, more than other elected positions, can wield extraordinary power individual residents’ lives.
There are currently 125 active Superior Court judges in San Diego County. Generally speaking, Superior Court judges are first appointed by the governor, but those judges can be challenged in the following election cycle.
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Full Disclosure, I support Brad Weinreb a state prosecutor (Deputy Atty General) who keeps violent criminals and child sex predators off the street, & the only one in his race rated "qualified" by the bar assoc: www.Brad4Judge.com
And now Gary Kreep is one of the only Judges to endorse his buddy, a self-proclaimed "Judge" Ken Gosselyn. Another befuddlement: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=643320419056678&set=a.534187376636650.1073741827.519051104816944&type=1&theater
I think you'd do well to examine credentials of all the people running, not just a few. I met both Michele Hagan and Carla Keehn and was impressed by them. And Gosselin, whom you didn't discuss, has been excoriated for misrepresenting his education and credentials. This article just doesn't go far enough.
By the way, Judge Randa Trapp isn't on the ballot this time.
@Jim Jones then idiots vote in guys like Kreep...
This right here says it all about the careerist protectionism that reigns rampant in our so-called elections for Superior Court Judge:
"Meanwhile, the Bar Association ranked three of the four incumbent judges as 'Well Qualified' and the last, Stern, as 'Qualified.'
"Of those four, Schall – ranked as 'Well Qualified' – is the only one who has been called out (and not in a good way) by the state Commission on Judicial Performance."
Attorneys who practice before these Judges don't like to ruffle their feathers, so they protect the Judges running for "re-election" and attack those who have the temerity to actually offer voters a choice. The SD Co. Bar Assn's granting Judge Schall its highest rating, while she has been admonished 3 times by the State Commmission on Judicial Performance shows that the Bar Assn clearly is just a rubber stamp for sitting judges and the status quo, and its ratings should be taken with a grain of salt.
Of the three challengers rated "Lacking Qualifications" by the SD Co. Bar Assn, two have been embroiled in controversy. In addition to Crawford discussed in this VOSD report, Gosselin was required by a court to change statements on his ballot regarding his experience and education that a judge found to be misleading.
East County Magazine reported: "The third candidate who received the 'lacking qualifications' rating, Michele Hagan, appears to have an extensive resume. The Bar does consider other factors such as judicial temperament and fairness, but did not respond to our inquiry as to its specific reasons for her ranking."
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@dillonliam Why? I frequently refer to myself as columnist/composter....;)