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Extensive Recommendations for the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 California General Election

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JUDGE RECOMMENDATIONS for the November 4, 2014 California Primary Elections

On this page, you will find Recommendations for:
  • CA State Supreme Court Justices

  • Court of Appeals, District 4, Divisions 1, 2, and 3
       For these Counties: Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, and Inyo

       Here’s Robyn’s Recommendation for
       Orange County Superior Court Judge, #14: KEVIN HASKINS

       Here’s JudgeVoterGuide’s and trusted S.D. conservative Penny Harrington’s Recommendation for
       San Diego County Superior Court Judge, #25: KEN GOSSELIN

  • Court of Appeals, Districts 2, Divisions 1-8 Plus LA County Superior Court Judges
       For these counties: Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura
For Justices and Judges for Other Counties, please look on your County Pages

JUDGE VOTER GUIDE
Conservative Judicial Recommendations for most counties from my knowledgeable friend, Craig Huey.

We will be adding judge recommendations to many of the County Pages. Orange County will have judge recommendations from numerous conservative sources.

Basic Information on the California Court System


CA STATE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES

GOODWIN LIU - Robyn’s Recommendation - A Strong NO!
Judge Voter Guide also recommends a NO on Liu.

Liu’s views are so extremist, that the US Senate rejected President Obama’s nomination of Liu to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2011. Governor Brown then appointed Liu to the CA Supreme Court.

See Family Research Council’s comment on the radical views of Goodwin Liu/follow their links.
Excerpt: "This is a nominee who called for a filibuster against judicial nominees who rely on the text of the Constitution. Goodwin Liu may not believe the U.S. Constitution is binding, but certainly thinks foreign law is. At one point he said it was 'difficult to grasp' why international authority could not be imposed on U.S. soil. More info on Liu’s philosophy.

MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUELLAR - Robyn’s Recommendation – NO
Judge Voter Guide also recommends a NO on Cuellar.

Gov. Brown’s very liberal appointee, Cuellar, served in both the Clinton and Obama Administrations. While on the White House Domestic Policy Council, he managed the Obama administration’s efforts to repeal the military’s "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy. This article offers some insights.

According to the CA Pro Life Council:
"After his appointment to the State Supreme Court, Cuéllar accepted a board position with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The foundation gives millions to Planned Parenthood and groups supporting abortion in California and internationally."

KATHRYN MICKLE WERDEGAR - Robyn's Recommendation – Vote NO or Leave the Office Blank

(I differ with Judge Voter Guide on this particular race, which recommends a Yes on Werdegar.)

Werdegar, a Wilson appointee, ruled against Prop 22. This created the opening for same-sex “marriages” in California in early 2008, which necessitated Prop 8. Additionally, she has ruled against religious freedom, property rights, and parental consent for abortion. Note-If she were actually removed from office (which is highly unlikely), Governor Brown would appoint her replacement. Based on his appointment of Justice Goodwin Liu, I would assume that any replacement would be equally bad or worse than Werdegar. A “NO” vote makes a statement of opposition.


ROBYN’S JUDICIAL RECOMMENDATIONS for COURT OF APPEALS, District 4, Divisions 1, 2, and 3

COUNTIES: Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Imperial, and Inyo

A “YES” vote is a vote to retain the justice.
A “NO” vote is a vote to remove the justice.
If a justice is repealed, our liberal Governor Jerry Brown will appoint the replacement.

Robyn’s recommendations and JudgeVoterGuide.com are in agreement on these Appellate Justices

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 4, Division 1
Alex C. McDonald – YES

Gilbert Nares – YES

Terry B. O’Rourke – YES

James A. McIntyre – YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 4, Division 2
Thomas E. Hollenhorst – YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 4, Division 3
David A. Thompson – YES

Richard M. Aronson – YES

Richard D. Fybel – NO

William F. Rylaarsdam – YES

Kathleen E. O'Leary – NO

See individual county pages for additional Judge recommendations.


JUDICIAL RECOMMENDATIONS from JudgeVoterGuide.com
COURT OF APPEALS, Districts 2, Divisions 1-8 Plus LA County Superior Court Judges

COUNTIES: L.A., SANTA BARBARA, SAN LUIS OBISPO, and VENTURA COUNTIES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 1
Frances Rothschild – NO
Jeffrey W. Johnson – YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 2
Brian M. Hoffstadt – NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 3
Lee Anne Edmon – NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 4
Nora M. Manella – YES
Audrey B. Collins – NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 5
Paul A. Turner – YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 6
Kenneth R. Yegan – YES

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 7
Dennis M. Perluss – NO

Justice, California State Court of Appeal; District 2, Division 8
Madeleine I. Flier – NO
Laurence D. Rubin – NO

LOS ANGELES COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT RACES
Robyn's Note - For Superior Court Judges: You vote for one of two candidates who are running against each other.

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 61
JudgeVoterGuide recommends you vote for: Dayan Mathai

Judge of the Superior Court; County of Los Angeles; Office 87
JudgeVoterGuide recommends you vote for Andrew M. Stein

See individual county pages for additional Judge recommendations.


ADDITIONAL WAYS OF FINDING OUT ABOUT JUDGES – for those who want to do their own research.
  • Check with lawyers and those within the court system who you know have similar values and philosophy to your own. They may be able to give you advice.
  • Check with conservative, knowledgeable, and trusted legislators and activists in your county. Some of them research judge candidates and are prepared to share their recommendations.
  • Attend a Debate or Other Public Speaking Event. Many judicial candidates participate in/speak at candidate forums and other events.

    If you have an opportunity to interview candidates running for judge, you might want to incorporate some of the questions used in JudgeVoterGuide.com Candidate Questionnaire.
  • Check candidates’ websites for basic information and their endorsement lists. You might do a Google search for the candidates’ names and various issues. Sometimes even pictures on the candidates websites give insightful clues about the candidate – who they are pictured with, at what events, etc.
  • Look for more ideas in KCET’s article, “How to Judge a Judge,” by Brian Frank.
DISCLAIMER: I’m posting this article because it has some good ideas Under the Section, “Resources to Help You Evaluate the Candidates.” However, I would not pay much attention to the mentions of the liberal State Bar or the liberal LA County Bar Association’s ratings - historically they favor Liberal Judge candidates NOT conservatives.


BASIC INFORMATION on the California Court System
Fact Sheet – California Judicial Branch
Basics on California Supreme Court, Appeals Courts, and Superior Courts

Official California Courts Website
Extensive information on the California Supreme Court, Courts of Appeals, and Superior Courts, including bios of Justices of both the Supreme Court and Courts of Appeal.

Student Resource Center Materials
Of the Orange County Superior Court
California Court Overview-FLOW CHART
California Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Superior Courts
California Court History / Structure
Criminal Court
Civil Cases
Juvenile Court

California Courts Judicial Selection/Election/Retention Process
California Court Duration of Term
Supreme Court 12 years
Court of Appeals 12 years
Superior Court 6 years
 
California Court Method of Retention
Supreme Court Retention election
Court of Appeals Retention election
Superior Court Reelection
 
California Court Time Frame for Election/ Appointment
Supreme Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Court of Appeals 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record
Superior Court 10 years' practice of law in state or service
as a judge of court of record


Selection and retention methods and term lengths are prescribed by Article VI of the California Constitution.

Judicial Positions

Judge: An official of the judicial branch of government with authority to decide lawsuits brought before the court. Elected or appointed by the Governor.

Commissioner: A person elected by the judges of the court and given the power to hear and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

Referee: A person appointed by the Court who can make decisions on limited legal matters such as juvenile or traffic offenses.

Judge Pro Tem: A person or judge appointed by the Presiding Judge of a particular county to sit temporarily on a given court usually in the regular judge's absence.

Temporary Judge: A member of the State Bar appointed by the court and stipulated to by the parties to hear cases and make decisions in certain kinds of legal matters.

The above chart was used with permission of the American Judicature Society.
Source: AJS Methods of Judicial Selection: California