|Sent on:||Sunday, November 4, 2012 1:59 PM|
Dear SDNA Members:
Religious extremist judge Gary Kreep was elected by San Diego voters in the most recent judicial election by a margin of[masked] votes (reports vary). Influential judges all begin the same way: at the local level. This guy is unfit, yet he squeaked his way in. How will his future influence unfold?
Non-partisan SDNA is not in the habit of endorsing political candidate, but after the Kreep debacle, an exception was made for judicial candidates.
San Diego County Bar Association (SDcBA) plainly rates judicial candidates in one of 3 categories:
3. Lacking Qualifications
Candidates are rated based on feedback from the local legal community. They are rated on 19 areas such as:
· Knowledge of the law
· Judicial temperament
· Intellect and Ability
Uber-religious Kreep was “lacking qualifications” yet he beat opponent Garland Peed who was “well-qualified.” How did that happen? Probably church votes.
Two new judicial candidates are on Tuesday’s ballot, and the SDcBA has weighed in on them:
Robert Amador: Well-qualified
Jim Miller: Lacking qualifications
(Miller has been accused of various ethics issues.)
This is not a specific endorsement, just sharing info.
For further reading on the SDcBA and its Judicial Election Evaluation Committee (JEEC), as well as judicial candidate ratings: http://www.sdcba.org/index.cfm?pg=Judicial-Candidate-Ratings