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Conservative attorneys target judges

May 31, 2010

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— A group of conservative attorneys say they are on a mission from God to unseat four California judges in a rare challenge that is turning a traditionally snooze-button election into what both sides call a battle for the integrity of U.S. courts.

Vowing to be God’s ambassadors on the bench, the four San Diego Superior Court candidates are backed by pastors, gun enthusiasts, and opponents of abortion and same-sex marriages.

“We believe our country is under assault and needs Christian values,” said Craig Candelore, a family law attorney who is one of the group’s candidates. “Unfortunately, God has called upon us to do this only with the judiciary.”

The challenge is unheard of in California, one of 33 states to directly elect judges. Critics say the campaign is aimed at packing the courts with judges who adhere to the religious right’s moral agenda and threatens both the impartiality of the court system and the separation of church and state.

Opponents fear the June 8 race is a strategy that could transform courtroom benches just like some school boards, which have seen an increasing number of Christian conservatives win seats in cities across the country and push for such issues as prayer in classrooms.

“Any organization that wants judges to subscribe to a certain political party or certain value system or certain way of ruling to me threatens the independence of the judiciary,” San Diego County’s District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis said.

“Judges should be evaluated based on their qualifications and their duty to follow the law.”

The campaign by California’s social conservatives comes at a time when judges and scholars in many states are debating whether judges should be elected or appointed, citing the danger that campaign contributions could influence their rulings. Other states have lifted restrictions allowing judges to express their opinions publicly so people know what their biases are.

Special interest groups, including those representing gay marriage opponents, have ramped up donations for judicial races in recent years, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University’s school of law.

Comments

KUnlv13 3 years, 10 months ago

Tom, I'm not so sure that Harry Reid is so assuredly Daschle'd come your November of change. Your gal Sue Lowden (a former Reid supporter, since she is an owner of a gaming company) has been blundering about amidst controversy & gaffes; barely eeking out above Sharon Angle (a nobody...) and Danny Tarkanian (the son of a basketball coach, no credentials) in the polls. The GOP failed to bring in a reasonable alternative to the embattled, Reid, and the polls reflecting otherwise are typically ran by the LasVegasReviewJournal, a conservative outfit.

Nevada is a state run by juice in the mining and gaming industry, and Reid's got too much influence, cash & a campaign office willing to sling mud with the best of'em. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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KUnlv13 3 years, 10 months ago

Tom, I'm not so sure that Harry Reid is so assuredly Daschle'd come your November of change. Your gal Sue Lowden (a former Reid supporter, since she is an owner of a gaming company) has been blundering about amidst controversy & gaffes; barely eeking out above Sharon Angle (a nobody...) and Danny Tarkanian (the son of a basketball coach, no credentials) in the polls. The GOP failed to bring in a reasonable alternative to the embattled, Reid, and the polls reflecting otherwise are typically ran by the LasVegasReviewJournal, a conservative outfit.

Nevada is a state run by juice in the mining and gaming industry, and Reid's got too much influence, cash & a campaign office willing to sling mud with the best of'em. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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beobachter 3 years, 10 months ago

Isn't it the job of judge to interpret law, not follow a political or religious agenda?

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kansasredlegs 3 years, 10 months ago

“Judges should be evaluated based on their qualifications and their duty to follow the law.”

So, if that's the case, then why does a US Supreme Court Justice nominee have to be confirmed by the Senate before being annointed? Basically, rhetorical question, because it's about his or her politics... NOT duty to follow the law.

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Ray Parker 3 years, 10 months ago

Remember leftist, activist, baby-hating judges on Pink Slip Tuesday in November.

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grammaddy 3 years, 10 months ago

I doubt that God wants any part of this mess.

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 10 months ago

Conservatism is in full-surge mode since The Anointed One was anointed by the Elite Liberal Establishment. For goodness sakes, who knew!? Talk about the disgust level of Americans reaching fever-pitch, The Anointed One and his lackeys and Pelosi and Reid have awakened a sleeping giant. Change? Oh hell yeah, you're seein' change alright....it's starts this November and will not end until November 2012. One-term.

Take America back from these corrupt liberal judges, corrupt liberal media and this corrupt administration and Dem-controlled congress!

May God bless and happy Memorial Day to all.

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tomatogrower 3 years, 10 months ago

They would like to set up preachers as judges, and everything must pass the Sharia, I mean Biblical test.

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jstthefacts 3 years, 10 months ago

Right wing fanatical conservatives = American Taliban = wackos

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