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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

tomatogrower 4 years, 3 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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tomatogrower 4 years, 3 months ago

You better be careful, Tom. Good Christians will force your wife to stay home and take care of the house as a good wife should, and you'll have to go out and get a job. Better make sure all those investments are paying off.

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tomatogrower 4 years, 3 months ago

I think it's great that you can stay at home. I'm just saying that most Christian conservatives fundies would not like having your wife working. What you are doing is applauded by all those feminists you hate so much.

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grammaddy 4 years, 3 months ago

I doubt that God wants any part of this mess.

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kansasredlegs 4 years, 3 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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KUnlv13 4 years, 3 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 4 years, 3 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 4 years, 3 months ago

How could NV, a low population state with only a few major cities (sounds like KS...) benefit from losing their senior senator with a direct line to the WhiteHouse? Oh, Harry's all about DC, pork, and frankly is directed by the Lib agenda (even though I'd hardly call him a hardcore Liberal ); but as a Nevada resident myself I know my state is far more likely to get a piece of the gov't handout pork-pie than if Lowden or Tarkanian take his office in the Hart Senate building.

Sen. Schumer's the likely replacement for Reid as Majority Leader if trounced, and frankly I think you & I'd both rather not see what his calculating, cut-throat politics could do to the Senate & Dem policy.

Still not sure whom I'll vote for, but the GOP didn't exactly give me much for options to replace such a profound representative for such an insignificant state.

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